This is Part 2 of a two-part series by UK mastering engineer Ian Shepherd, who runs Mastering Media and the Production Advice website.. Check out part 1 here.
6. The Gaps don’t work
People usually fall into two camps – when you say “right, lets do the gaps”, they’re either the ones who say “huh ?” and look confused, or the ones who say “OK then!” and get out their notepads : )
Once you get into it though, everyone sees the point – and usually they agree on what the perfect gap is between any two songs ! Gaps play a crucial role shaping the flow and feel of an album. If a gap is right, you’ll never even notice it’s there – if it’s wrong, it’ll stick out like a sore thumb. (more…)
This is Part 1 of a two-part series by UK mastering engineer Ian Shepherd, who runs Mastering Media and the Production Advice website.
Despite what anyone tells you, you can master your own music at home – with plenty of time and effort. There are a lot of places to go wrong though, so this post aims to help you avoid some of the most common pitfalls.
Here are my “Top Ten” DIY mastering mistakes: (more…)