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The Mastering Engineer’s Handbook, 3rd Edition by Bobby Owsinski

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3Prepping for Mastering

IN ORDER FOR THE MASTERING SESSION TO GO SMOOTHLY, SOUND GREAT, and save you money, some prep work is required beforehand. Even if you’re doing your own mastering, these tips can really help improve your end product.

Mixing for Mastering

Regardless of whether you master your final mixes yourself or take them to a mastering engineer, things will go a lot faster if you prepare for mastering ahead of time. Nothing is as exasperating to all involved as not knowing which mix is the correct one or forgetting the file name. Here are some tips to get your tracks mastering-ready.

images Don’t over-EQ when mixing. A mix is over-EQ’d when ...

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