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1O Tips for better mastering (add sheen and get a pro sound)

Got a perfect mix? Now is the time to add some professional sparkle to it. You need to give it a lift to the giddy heights of a mastered master. Follow these tips to go up a level…

1 Is it really perfect?

Your mix has really got to be perfect before you enter the mastering stage. If you find yourself having to make major changes when mastering, then your mix isn’t perfect, so don’t be frightened to go back into the mix to sort the issues out there and then restart the mastering. Conversely, don’t process the stereo bus too much before mastering – it’s a common mistake and many mix engineers over-compress too early. You need to leave room for the mastering stage to breathe – a good 6dB of headroom should do it.

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