In this short tip'n trick I will try to focus on preparing your work for mastering session
- it is very important to preserve as much dynamic range you can, so never apply any dynamics processors on master bus ( master channel )
- its also important to leave engineer enough of headroom . Speaking of levels on max -3 dbfs of peak level would be the last limit on highs you can go
- try to check your mix with mono compatibility ( if you have anti phase issues in the track on some instruments probably the same instrument will fade out when put to mono )
- try to avoid distortion of any kind on sub frequencies ( sub doesn't like any kind of wave beside sine wave )
- when exporting a track - leave it in the original resolution ( do not up sample )
- try to work in highest resolution your computer and your DAW will allow you
- when exporting do not apply dither
- when finished a mix- try to take few day off that track and leave your head and ears rest . In few days, probably you will find and hear some possible needed changes in the mix
- try to listen your mix on lots of different systems possible
- make your mix with love :)
here's my 2 questions for preparing a song for mastering :
- is it possible to use the "audacity pencil tool" to manage clippings picks, i.e redraw the wav form in order to decrease the peak from 0db (or upper) to -6db, without loosing quality ?
- when no clipping peak on any track in the DAW, is it possible to decrease the master bus level to achieve -6 db (for instance from -1db to -6db) without loosing quality ? or is it necessary to decrease each tracks on the DAW and leave the master bus to 0 db ?
thanks for your advice