Hi everybody,

I am studying at the moment (trying to study bit by bit) how to improve the quality of my final mixes and masters. It was catastrophic years ago but it is getting better...

This is quite amazing the difference you can get when you listen to one specific MP3 or Wave file on your PC speakers by a specific artist or composer, and when you listen to the track of another one!

There can be huge differences in quality.

I am aiming at reaching proper final quality, something you send to someone (a potential customer for example or a friend you are working with for the first time) and that the guy, naturally opens it on its PC or on Internet and listen to and the quality is good, like on a movie.

THen the guy says "I like it or i do not like it" but the sound quality, the final rendering is there...No doubt.

I mean, and I emphasize on this, good quality on any media. I mean, if you listen to a track from a famous artist or band, it is obvious that the speakers play a lot in the final listening BUT on any media, everything is clear and powerfull enough though.

Data seem diverse and apparently specifically by genre. SO I will tryto be straightforward with these questions:

1) What are the steps to produce a very good saleable final mix/master for a movie track?

2) Any web/VST tools available to do it? free or not.

3) Any unavoidable gear?

4) Any tips for recordings (doubling tracks, centering center tracks, volume EGs, compression etc...)

Maybe you can think of other things I did not think of?

Thanks for your help in advance

Roland

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  • definetaly a good idea

    Roland


    Terry Jones said:

    Definitely great advice here Michael and you're absolutely right about it being easy to over do things with Ozone. With that in mind my other piece of advice would be that it's a pretty good idea to choose a commercial piece of music from the outset that you would like to your final sound to be close to and then regularly check your mix against it as you are working on it. I usually have an audio track set aside in my DAW purely for this purpose so I can A/B check my current mix against a target track.

    Michael Tauben said:

    Whatever else you do, check your mix/master on as many different systems as possible: car-stereo, laptop built-in, kitchen ghetto-blaster, ipod etc. 

    I have Ozone that Terry mentions and it's pretty good at giving a track some oomph but it can easily make something harsh and unsubtle if you're not careful. Especially if your tracks are orchestral type movie scores.

    The best advice I can give is to use youtube as a resource and watch the very many tutorials by pros and amateurs that address particular issues you want to solve.

    RENDERING A VERY GOOD FINAL MIX/MASTER FOR A CLIENT/FIRST TIME FRIEND
    Hi everybody, I am studying at the moment (trying to study bit by bit) how to improve the quality of my final mixes and masters. It was catastrophic…
  • It doesn't matter who is giving the tutorial if there is something useful in it. Pro/amateur/ hobbyist/lunatic- who cares.

    Often the person just likes the sound of their own voice and has nothing interesting to say but you can usually spot them after a minute or two. :)

    Roland Bouchat said:

    The problem with Youtube is that you do not know who is a pro and who is not... I do not think being 100 % sure to be able to recognize them... hehe...

    Michael Tauben said:

    Whatever else you do, check your mix/master on as many different systems as possible: car-stereo, laptop built-in, kitchen ghetto-blaster, ipod etc. 

    I have Ozone that Terry mentions and it's pretty good at giving a track some oomph but it can easily make something harsh and unsubtle if you're not careful. Especially if your tracks are orchestral type movie scores.

    The best advice I can give is to use youtube as a resource and watch the very many tutorials by pros and amateurs that address particular issues you want to solve.

    RENDERING A VERY GOOD FINAL MIX/MASTER FOR A CLIENT/FIRST TIME FRIEND
    Hi everybody, I am studying at the moment (trying to study bit by bit) how to improve the quality of my final mixes and masters. It was catastrophic…
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