Chapter 12

Session-Saving

Mastering Tips

In this chapter, I’ve culled five helpful tips from my daily mastering work at Capitol Records. These concepts are the result of completing deadline-driven mastering sessions that must get approval from the client after the first attempt.

Mix Evaluation—Reject a Subpar Mix or Project

This is an important point, as evidenced by previous mentions in the book. A Mastering Engineer must develop enough experience and confidence with recordings and mixes to assess mix quality and viability for mastering. Mastering remains a downstream process, and although impactful changes can be made, the quality of your work is directly affected by the quality of the mixes you receive. If the mix has instrument or frequency ...

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