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This is the show where we cover all aspects of mastering. If you're interested in mastering, want to learn how to get better results mastering your own music, or even want to be a mastering engineer, this is the show you want to hear.

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This is the show where we cover all aspects of mastering. If you're interested in mastering, want to learn how to get better results mastering your own music, or even want to be a mastering engineer, this is the show you want to hear.

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By RyanBrooklyn - Feb 20 2018
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My second favorite audio podcast after the Tape Op podcast.

Insightful

By Electric_Music_Man - Oct 05 2017
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Great teacher. Easy to learn from. Loving this podcast.

iTunes Ratings

155 Ratings
Average Ratings
144
7
1
2
1

Really Great

By RyanBrooklyn - Feb 20 2018
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My second favorite audio podcast after the Tape Op podcast.

Insightful

By Electric_Music_Man - Oct 05 2017
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Great teacher. Easy to learn from. Loving this podcast.

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The Mastering Show

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This is the show where we cover all aspects of mastering. If you're interested in mastering, want to learn how to get better results mastering your own music, or even want to be a mastering engineer, this is the show you want to hear.

Rank #1: The Mastering Show #25 - Stereo: width, depth and image - how to measure, monitor and master them

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It’s amazing how much control you can have of the stereo image in mastering, even with quite simple tools. In this show we explore:

* What is stereo ? The simplest and most sophisticated types
* Ian's new favourite mixing plugin for creating stereo from a mono sound
* How to measure stereo width and control it
* How to influence reverb levels in mastering
* What is M/S processing - and why it's probably not exactly what you think
* The power & problems of M/S processing
* Recommended stereo processing plugins

Our guest this week is Ian Stewart

Links:
Ian Stewart's Blog
http://ianstewartmusic.us/blog/

Flux stereo tool
http://www.fluxhome.com/products/freewares/stereotool-v3

Jerobeam Fenderson - music made for oscilloscope
http://oscilloscopemusic.com

Voxengo MSED - mid/side plugin
http://www.voxengo.com/product/msed/

VUMT - VU meter emulation (new version)
http://klanghelm.com/contents/products/VUMT/VUMT.php

Fabfilter Pro Q 2
http://www.fabfilter.com/products/pro-q-2-equalizer-plug-in

Stereo width in mastering – how to measure, monitor and modify it
http://productionadvice.co.uk/stereo-width/

(Video includes demos of a simple correlator and the Nugen Visualizer 2 with 'correlation by frequency' display)

Dec 12 2016

1hr 8mins

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Rank #2: The Mastering Show #4 - Compression

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Compression explained - using pillows and punchbags. Yes, you read that right ! And in this show we also talk about:

- Why mastering compression is all about loudness. Except it’s not.
- How compression in mastering is different than in mixing
- How to make mastering compression invisible
- Ian’s suggested starting-point settings for mastering compression
- Why you might want to use multi-band compression

Links

Using compression to add punch, warmth and power to your mix
http://productionadvice.co.uk/using-compression/

What is compression ? Sponges hold the answer
http://productionadvice.co.uk/what-is-compression/

Multiband compression – the mastering engineer’s secret weapon?
http://productionadvice.co.uk/multiband-compression-for-mastering/

Gregory Scott - Demolishing Compression Myths
https://www.attackmagazine.com/features/columns/gregory-scott-demolishing-the-myths-of-compression/

Cheers !

Apr 01 2016

52mins

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Rank #3: The Mastering Show #3 - Limiting

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In this show we take a deep dive into the topic of limiting.

We explain why you need limiters, important Do’s and Dont’s, recommended plugins – and why there’s a good chance you’re using them wrong…

Links:

Are brickwall limiters nothing but pure evil ?
http://productionadvice.co.uk/brickwall-limiters/

Video demonstrating inter-sample peaks and how they affect Mastering for iTunes
http://productionadvice.co.uk/mastered-for-itunes-video/

Intersample peaks and why they matter - more about why you should leave at least 1 dB peak headroom when mastering, with audio examples
https://youtu.be/veLLvoIubzo

Mar 23 2016

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Rank #4: The Mastering Show #60 - The loudness technique you need to start using TODAY

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This show is short & sweet - but essential listening if you’re interested in getting better results with online loudness - and balanced, musical dynamics for your masters.

In this episode Ian describes:

- How he increased playback loudness on Spotify by 3.3 dB for a song by reducing it’s overall loudness by 1.5 dB, and why it sounded better afterwards

- What to do if your song gets turned down more than you expect online

- Why you have to be careful with contrast on Spotify

- How reducing dynamics can make your music sound more dynamic

- Why musical decisions work better than technical ones

full show notes at http://themasteringshow.com/episode-60/

Mar 21 2019

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Rank #5: The Mastering Show #53 - Fear Of Bass

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We all want great low end - deep, fat, solid and punchy. But it can be one of the hardest things to get right - especially knowing how much of it is needed. Too much bass can sound boomy, flabby, muddy or dull.

And as a result, it’s easy to be scared of bass. It’s easier to be cautious and avoid all those possible problems, right ? Well, maybe. Except if the low end isn’t working in your master, you risk the opposite problem - everything can sound weak, thin and harsh.

In this week’s episode we talk about ways to avoid all these problems, including:

Topics we cover include:

* The one thing you shouldn’t do - and why
* The deceptively simple thing you should always do
* Will a sub-woofer help, or hinder ?
* How EQ for better bass can sometimes make things worse - because phase
* Dynamic EQ versus multiband compression
* How distortion might help
* Ah, duck it

http://themasteringshow.com/episode-53

Jul 04 2018

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Rank #6: The Mastering Show #5 - EQ

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Mastering EQ is about balance, not matching. In this episode we explain what the difference is, why it matters and and ways you can get it right.

Topics include:

- Why “radio ready” sound is a mastering myth

- How you can affect the balance of instruments in the mix, even within a stereo file

- A simple but crucial point of mastering technique

- The pros and cons of phase linear EQ

- Ian’s recommended EQ plugins

Links

Loudness means NOTHING on the radio - the proof
http://productionadvice.co.uk/loudness-means-nothing-on-the-radio/

The Heart And Soul of Mastering
http://productionadvice.co.uk/heart-and-soul/

Phase linear EQ demonstration
https://youtu.be/efKabAQQsPQ

Rock music and gynaecology
http://mastering-media.blogspot.co.uk/2008/08/rock-music-and-gynaecology.html

Apr 07 2016

51mins

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Rank #7: The Mastering Show #22 - Your questions answered

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Your questions answered. Well, some of them, anyway ! It’s been over 20 episodes, people seem to be liking the show, and have been asking lots of questions - it seemed like a good time to answer some of them.

Topics include:

Do we really NEED mastering ?
- Why you shouldn’t master on the mix bus (if you want to be good !)
- Dealing with clients (and why you should make yourself expensive)
- The best way to burn a master disc, and which brands to buy
- How to mix and master drums LOUD

And many more...

Links

The three Ms of mastering (including Mindset) - TMS Episode #2
http://themasteringshow.com/episode-2/

Limiting - TMS Episode #3
http://themasteringshow.com/episode-3/

Why your EDM will sound better with more dynamics – and 6 places to find them
http://productionadvice.co.uk/edm-dynamics/

Mastering in Reaper
Interview with Jon about Mastering http://reaperblog.net/2015/03/mastering-in-reaper-interview/
Jon's Mastering session setup tips http://reaperblog.net/2014/11/video-mastering-project-setup/
Jon's new Reaper mastering workflow video http://wp.me/p2EzQl-1kf

The Home Mastering Masterclass
http://www.homemastering.com

Oct 17 2016

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Rank #8: The Mastering Show # 58 - Mud or magic ? Managing the mids

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We’ve all heard it - “the music is in the mid-range”. But what does that mean, exactly ? And if it’s true, is there anything we can do about it in mastering ?

We’ve talked about bass and high frequencies, but in this show we dive into the muddy, murky mess that is (often) the mid-range, and talk about how crucial it is for a great-sounding master.

Including:

* How the mids help us hear bass
* Common problems with the mid-range, and what causes them
* How to open up cluttered mids in mastering
* Our least favourite mid-range frequencies
* Mids versus dynamics
* The importance of linear phase EQ for the mids

full show notes
http://themasteringshow.com/episode-58

Jan 14 2019

53mins

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Rank #9: The Mastering Show # 50 - Mastering on Headphones ?!

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You can’t master on headphones, right ? Well, let’s see…

This year’s Dynamic Range Day Award-winner broke all the streaming records in it’s first week, debuted at Number 1 in the Billboard chart and... it was mastered on headphones.

In this episode we talk to Glenn Schick, the engineer who mastered KOD by J Cole about his decision to become a “mobile” mastering engineer, including:
* How (and why) he closed his analogue mastering studio to go mobile
* Why he thinks it actually helps him to get better results...
* And makes his job easier
* The type of headphones he uses, and why
* His mastering process for KOD, and
* The decision to master with more dynamics

Full show notes at
http://themasteringshow.com/episode-50

May 10 2018

43mins

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Rank #10: The Mastering Show #31 - What IS loudness ?

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Everybody wants their music to sound loud. But does it need to be loud in order to sound loud ? What does that mean ? Well, it takes us about 30 minutes to really nail the answer to that question in this Dynamic Range Day themed episode, but we get there eventually - and we cover some pretty interesting ground along the way !

For example:
* How to make things sound loud without making them (much) louder
* The trick of balancing loud and quiet songs against each other
* When to turn things down
* What is "loudness potential" ?
* How to get the right balance of loudness before mastering
* The most common loudness issue Ian faces when mastering, and
* The 100% successful strategy he uses to solve it

Full show notes http://themasteringshow.com/episode-31
Dynamic Range Day http://www.dynamicrangeday.co.uk/
Dynameter http://bit.ly/2nnWQY6

Mar 27 2017

50mins

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Rank #11: The Mastering Show #26 - Clipping: What is it, and is it ever acceptable ?

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Some people say clipping distortion is inaudible, some say it’s the true secret of really “loud” mastering, some say it’s a powerful creative effect, others that it’s the spawn of the devil. So who is right, and why ? In this show we talk about:

* What clipping is, and the difference between the analogue & digital varieties
*When and why we use it
*Whether you can repair clipping damage
*The difference between clipping and limiting
*Why clipping & saturation are NOT the secret of "analogue warmth"

Full show notes and links
http://themasteringshow.com/episode-26

Jan 16 2017

51mins

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Rank #12: The Mastering Show #44 - Loudness Units 101

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LUFS… WTF ?!?

(And why aiming for -14 isn’t the right answer for online loudness)

We talk about loudness all the time on this show, but how do you actually measure it ? How big is a “loudness unit”, and why are there three different kinds ? What does LUFS stand for, anyway ? How do you loudness match two files using LUFS measurements, and what free software can you use to get started ?

In this show we answer all these questions and more - plus Ian explains the simple technique he uses to optimise loudness for all the online streaming platforms, and why it isn’t about aiming for -14 LUFS.

If you find the show helpful, please share it with your friends, and leave us a rating and review : http://www.themasteringshow.com/review

Full show notes http://themasteringshow.com/episode-44

Jan 24 2018

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Rank #13: The Mastering Show #34 - What ARE dynamics ?

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Dynamics. I talk about them ALL the time. “This song has great dynamics”... “make sure you keep plenty of dynamics”... “your music NEEDS balanced dynamics”… but what actually ARE they ?

Just like everything else we talk about on this show, dynamics are more complicated than they might seem at first glance. For example, there are at least two different types ! In this show we unpick the topic and try to shed some life on the truth about dynamics, including:

* Why the loudness war hasn’t reduced loudness range
* Why “DR” measurements don’t measure dynamic range
* Why “crest factor” is a better term, and how it relates to the two types of dynamics
* The natural dynamics of different sounds, and
* When you don’t want to hear them
* What Ian really thinks of the Prodigy, Skrillex and the Chemical Brothers - and their dynamics
* How to measure dynamics

Check the show notes for links
http://themasteringshow.com/episode-34

May 25 2017

51mins

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Rank #14: The Mastering Show #21 - Why digital “resolution” doesn’t exist - because dither

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Yes - it’s The Dither Episode ! But hang in there, it’s not as bad as you might think. My guest host this week is Jon Tidey from reaperblog.net, who *hates* talking about dither, so I had to work hard to keep it interesting. And I think I succeeded, mostly! We cover loads of topics, like why the analogy of hi-res digital audio with digital photos is wrong (or at least deeply misleading) and why dither means digital ‘resolution’ is NOT a real thing. Plus:

- Why dither helps prevent your audio from 'sounding digital’
- How the right kind of dither can make even 8-bit audio sound OK
- Why it works - and what that has to do with my lava lamp
- Whether we can *really* hear the difference
- How to test yourself using “Gangnam Style"
- Why you should stop worrying and just dither !

Visit the website for links
http://themasteringshow.com/the-mastering-show-21-why-digital-resolution-doesnt-exist-because-dither/

Sep 27 2016

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Rank #15: The Mastering Show #24 - Mastering for online streaming (including Mastered for iTunes)

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How do you optimise your music for online streaming, when there are so many different services and standards out there ?

Specifically:

* What’s the best file format to submit ?
* What about the specifications ?
* Can you compensate for the sound of the encoder ?
* How do you know how loud to make your music ?
* Should you make separate masters for every service ?
* What about Mastered for iTunes ?

To get the “Black Friday” discount on Dynameter or any other MeterPlugs product, use this link and the coupon code TMSBLACK in the shopping cart:

Ian Shepherd’s Dynameter, by MeterPlugs
https://transactions.sendowl.com/stores/5980/11556

Links

Why mp3 sucks, and how to hear it
http://productionadvice.co.uk/why-mp3-sounds-bad/

Sample rate conversion comparisons
http://src.infinitewave.ca

TMS - The Dither Episode
http://themasteringshow.com/episode-21/

Online streaming loudness infographic
http://productionadvice.co.uk/online-loudness/

TMS - The Loudness Episode
http://themasteringshow.com/episode-6/

Mastered for iTunes - the saviour of great sound ?
http://productionadvice.co.uk/what-is-mastered-for-itunes/

Online streaming loudness petition
https://www.change.org/p/music-streaming-services-bring-peace-to-the-loudness-war

Nov 24 2016

50mins

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Rank #16: The Mastering Show #23 - Balance (Or, How to Master an Album)

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The most common question I’ve been asked since starting the show is - “how do I balance songs against one another ?”. Especially balancing quiet and loud songs, or when they’re from diverse genres. So in this show, we try to answer that - and touch on many other topics, too:

* The mastering tip that’s almost too simple to say - but embodies the heart and soul of mastering
* Why Ian doesn't master single songs any more (if he can help it)
* Do all digital EQs sound the same ? And Ian’s new favourite (free) EQ plugin
* Why we need "Album mode” to stop loudness management sucking the heart out of our music
* The first thing Ian does in every mastering session
* A ninja loudness trick when balancing quiet & loud songs
* Should you use automation when mastering ?

Links

The Heart & Soul of Mastering
http://productionadvice.co.uk/heart-and-soul/

iTunes Sound Check has “album mode” - finally !
http://productionadvice.co.uk/sound-check-album-mode/

TDR Nova EQ
http://www.tokyodawn.net/tdr-nova/

Multiband compression – the mastering engineer’s secret weapon ?
http://productionadvice.co.uk/multiband-compression-for-mastering/

Nov 14 2016

53mins

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Rank #17: The Mastering Show #47 - What’s the best DAW for mastering ?

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It’s a question we get asked regularly, and our answer may surprise you. To answer the question, we put together a “shopping list” for the ultimate DAW, and then discuss which of the applications is the best fit, and why.

Topics include:
* Which DAW sounds best ?
* What does that mean ?
* Do all digital EQs sound the same ?
* What’s a DDP file ?
* Pro mastering applications
* Workflow versus features

Full show notes and links on our website
http://themasteringshow.com/episode-47/

Mar 09 2018

43mins

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Rank #18: The Mastering Show #39 - Digital Gain Staging: what’s the point ?

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Gain staging used to be a crucial consideration for analogue recording and mixing - but you’ll hear plenty of people saying it doesn’t really matter, in a modern digital audio workstation. And they have a (floating) point.

But you’ll also hear lots of other people, me included, saying it IS important to understand what gain staging is and how it works, even in a digital environment.

So who’s right ? In this show we dig into the details, and discuss:
* How much peak headroom should you leave before mastering ?
* What IS gain staging, anyway ?
* Why do people say it doesn’t matter in digital ? Or:
* What’s the point of floating point ?
* How does it work ?
* When digital gain staging does matter

Full show notes on the website:
http://themasteringshow.com/episode-39

Oct 03 2017

44mins

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Rank #19: The Mastering Show #14 - Distortion (The good, the bad and the ugly)

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In this show we talk about distortion. Good distortion, bad distortion - and how to tell the difference. Find out what Ian REALLY thinks about distortion, how you can use it effectively in mastering - and when you should. What is soft clipping - and how do you use it ? Plus Ian explains why ALL audio processing is distortion, strictly speaking - and the benefits (and costs) of using it.

Links:

Fab DuPont on Death Magnetic
http://www.puremix.net/mixcheck-mix-analysis/metallica-vs-metallica-metallica.html

What is 'aliasing' and what causes it?
http://www.soundonsound.com/sound-advice/q-what-aliasing-and-what-causes-it

When in doubt, dither
http://productionadvice.co.uk/when-in-doubt-dither/

Why you need amazing monitoring
http://productionadvice.co.uk/if-you-cant-hear-it-it-doesnt-matter/

The Home Mastering Masterclass
http://www.homemastering.com

Jun 17 2016

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Rank #20: The Mastering Show #36 - Compression versus compression (and sponges)

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In which Ian probably goes too far with his analogy explaining compression using sponges. And in which Jon describes the concept of “sloppage headroom” and inter-sample peaks, and in which we also discuss:

* Why lossy data compression doesn’t affect dynamics, except
* When it does. And
* Why dynamic compression doesn’t affect lossy compression quality, except
* When it does. Plus
* mp3 or AAC ? VBR or CBR ? Do we care ?
* The ultimate mp3 encoder stress-test

Full show notes
http://themasteringshow.com/episode-36

Jul 05 2017

37mins

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