Ask Joe #74 – Appendix Mastering

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Questions covered this week:

  • What’s your opinion about overproduced music, how will you know if it’s overproduced, and how to make it not?
  • Would you recommend mixing in mono and as the last step pan the stereo-image or mixing in stereo (set levels and pan first) and flip back and forth between mono and stereo?
  • The range of audio frequency humans can hear is usually said to be 20Hz to 20,000Hz. As such, when eq-ing during mastering, should you just cut off anything above and below that range? If not at what frequency do you suggest rolling of the top and bottom during mastering?
  • Watched your video about normalizing a voice over track for consistency. Why not do that will all tracks as a starting point for your mix?
  • Is the Shure SM57 the same thing as an SM58?

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I made up a word.


It’s a cross between “mono” and “terrific.”

…or perhaps “horrific.”

It depends on how you look at mixing in mono.

If you believe mono kills your mixes, makes them sound lame, flat and boring, I’ve got news for you.

Mono’s not the problem. (more…)