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Mastering with FabFilter Plug-Ins Explained®

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    Musical Balancing with Pro-Q3

    In this first video, we take a country track and use a combination of high and low cut and tilt shelving to improve the balance of the track.

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    Dynamic EQ

    Next up we'll employ a technique known as feathering which involves creating little boosts and cuts to again enhance the balance of the frequency spectrum. We then continue on to fix balance problems using the dynamic EQ feature of Pro-Q3.

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    Match EQ, Mid/Side & L/R Split

    Here we cover the Mid/Side and L/R split functionality which allows you to address a variety of mix issues in mastering. You'll also explore the Match EQ function to impart another track's frequency spectrum onto your pre-master.

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    Saturation for Balancing the Frequency Spectrum

    In this video, see how to use the amazing Saturn 2 to re-balance an electronic track and even out its mix and maximize the track's impact.

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    Advanced Saturation Techniques

    Next up watch how to utilize Saturn 2 in Mid/Side mode to hype up the stereo width of our electronic track.

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    Groove Compression with Pro-C2

    Now explore how to add extra groove and front to back perspective with Pro-C2. First we'll calculate our BPM and then use the app Music Math to give us beat divisions in milliseconds, which then allows us to enter in musical release times.

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    Advanced Compression Concepts with Pro-C2

    Next up we apply peak limiting and low level smoothing compression to a pre-master to investigate how these techniques affect our track sonically.

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    Parallel Compression for Hype

    In this video, we'll hype up the high frequencies with Saturn 2, Pro-C2 and Pro Q3 in parallel, so we can leave our original sound unaffected, whilst enhancing the high frequencies.

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    Multiband Compression & Expansion with Pro-MB

    Next up, watch how to use Multi Band Compression and Expansion in Pro-MB to salvage a pre-master with problems in the low and mid range frequencies.

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    Limiting with Pro-L2

    In this video, see how to use the amazing Pro-L2 to safely bring the pre-master up to the required volume level. We explain using different styles, lookahead settings, and release envelopes to balance transparency vs aggression.

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    Mastering the Electronic Track Pt. 1

    To first start on the electronic track we'll add a balancing EQ curve, saturation and compression to balance and hype up the track, getting it ready for the final limiting which we'll apply next.

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    Mastering the Electronic Track Pt. 2

    Next up we'll add some parallel compression to make the track a bit fatter, and then employ 2 limiters in tandem to maximize the loudness potential of the track.

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    Mastering the Country Track

    Watch how to master the country track from start to finish.

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    Mastering the Pop Track

    In this final video, we complete a full mastering of our pop track using the FabFilter suite and all that you've learned throughout the videos!

Product Overview


Studio wiz Larry Holcombe presents comprehensive FabFilter mastering video tutorials! See and hear how to master tracks in 3 different genres (Electronic, Pop and Country) with only FabFilter plug-ins, from start to finish. You also get the pre-mastered audio track files and reference track files used for Match EQ, so you can import them into your DAW session and follow along with Larry as he shows you how to master using FabFilter's powerful tools. These video tutorials are designed for those who are new to mastering with FabFilter plug-ins.

Larry welcomes you and starts the mastering session out with the country track, showing you how to use a combination of high and low cut and tilt shelving to improve the balance of the mix. Then Larry reveals a technique known as "feathering" which involves creating little boosts and cuts to again enhance the balance of the mix's frequency spectrum, and then continues on to fix balance problems using the Dynamic EQ feature of Pro-Q3.

Throughout the rest of the videos you'll learn tons of techniques, tips and tricks when using Fabfiler plug-ins to master your tracks, including using Match EQ, Mid/Side & L/R Split, Saturation for Balancing the Frequency Spectrum, Advanced Saturation Techniques, Groove Compression and Advanced Compression techniques with Pro-C2, utilizing Parallel Compression for High Frequency Hype, Multiband Compression & Expansion with Pro-MB, Limiting with Pro-L2 and much more!

Last but not least you'll watch and experience 3 mastering sessions from start to finish using different FabFilter plug-ins, first on an electronic track, then a country track, and then the pop track. You'll then have what you need to tackle your mastering projects.

To read exactly what these detailed FabFilter mastering tutorials show you and how they'll get you mastering your tracks with professional, radio-ready results, check out the individual FabFilter mastering video tutorial descriptions on this page. Start mastering tracks now... Watch “Mastering with FabFilter Explained®” today!


Song Credits:
Waiting Out My Time In Richmond - Dave Keats
When You Think About Me - Karen Kiley
Get To Know - Gateau
Intoxication - Soulbox


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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I learnt the trumpet and piano around age 12 and then guitar a couple of years later. I played in a few indie bands for a few years until I discovered the turntables and Dj'ing. I then swapped the guitar for the synthesizer and the stage for the Dj booth and the rest is history!

2. What training have you had?

I completed a diploma in sound engineering and music technology from islington Music Workshop in London. I am also level 1 certified in Logic. The most important training I have received though is sitting for hours on end at my studio making music!

3. When did you get into recording?

Recording demos for the indie bands I mentioned earlier. Then recording vocals for my tracks as DEF inc. and laterally Rebel Sonix. I also worked in London studio Rollover in around 2005.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've remixed Coldplay, Kylie, Roots Manuva and John B. Labels I have released on include Parlaphone, EMI, Fingerlickin, Eight Fx, Quantum, Botchit and Scarper amongst others. I have composed music for Sony Playstation games, Sky tv, J&B Whiskey, Lexus cars and the BBC to name a few. I have produced online tutorial videos and have had a 1 hour production video in Music Techs magazines cover DVD. I have also Dj'ed at events such as Glastonbury festival and Miami WMC and touring extensively all over the world.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well hopefully I have a clear and concise training method mixed with a serious passion for making music. I have previously worked for Apple teaching Logic and also regularly lecture on Logic and electronic music production. I also teach the Ministry of Sound DJ academy in London which involves teaching an introduction to Djing as well as in depth seminars on using NI's Traktor and also Serato Scratch Live. As a producer making cutting edge electronic music, I have to remain at the forefront of new sounds and production techniques. I mix my time between different areas of the music industry - production, remixing, DJing and also teaching which allows me to develop all those skills simultaneously - so I can improve my teaching ability whilst also continuing to develop as a producer (something which you never stop doing!)

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