Chapter 14

Advanced Mastering Chain Tools and Techniques

This chapter explores advanced mastering methods. These techniques are more complex and nuanced, involve a greater margin of error, and require the confidence of execution that only experience provides. Used skillfully, a Mastering Engineer can achieve impressive, high-quality results. As always, it is critical to lean on the fundamental habit of referencing your flat mix religiously so that your adjustments represent a genre-appropriate optimization rather than a dramatic reinterpretation of the mix.

Side-Chain Compression (s.c.)

Most mastering compressors are equipped with an onboard s.c. function or external s.c. input (or both). This is so a ‘mult’ (duplicate) of the program material ...

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