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Mastering with UAD Plug-Ins

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    2:24

    Matt discusses the pros and cons of mastering with plug-ins yourself vs using a dedicated Mastering Engineer, then gives you an overview of what he’ll be covering in this series.

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    Tutorial 2

    Mastering with UAD Basics

    13:01

    Matt now lays out the general idea of Mastering. Learn what mastering does, and the differences the UAD plug-ins can make. Matt takes two well mixed tracks meant for the same album, and does Level matching, A/B Comparisons, Before and After Comparisons, and reveals Basic Work Flows.

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    Tutorial 3

    Tape Emulation

    5:22

    Matt explains how to utilize Tape Emulation in Mastering featuring the UAD Ampex ATR-102 plug-in.

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    Tutorial 4

    Corrective EQ

    11:55

    Matt demonstrates applying Corrective Equalization in Mastering, this time focusing on the UAD Brainworks BX plug-in in Mid-Side Mode.

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    Tutorial 5

    Compression

    7:58

    Matt now reveals how to use Compression in Mastering featuring the UAD Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor plug-in.

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    Tutorial 6

    EQ Shaping

    5:55

    Matt shows how to give the track the shape and 'mojo' it needs, utilizing both the UAD API 550A and UAD Tonelux Tilt plug-ins.

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    Tutorial 7

    Imaging, D-Essing and Limiting

    14:36

    Matt explains how to broaden the Stereo Image and get more depth on your tracks as well as how to tame an overly sibilant vocal during mastering. This video features the UAD Precision D-Esser, Precision K-Stereo, and Precision Limiter plug-ins.

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    Tutorial 8

    Vocal Too Hot!

    9:27

    Matt gives you ways / tips to handle a mix that has a vocal performance that is a little too loud.

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    Tutorial 9

    Wrap Up

    2:37

    Matt signs off with an overview of all he did throughout the series, as well as some final thoughts on Mastering.

UAD guru Matt Whatley is back, this time showing you how to Master with some of the most popular mastering plug-ins from UA Audio! Mastering can make the difference between dull sounding recordings and exciting tracks, but you need the right tools, and you need to know how to use them.

Matt begins by introducing two songs, and letting you hear the difference between the unmastered and mastered versions. That leads into his overview of the mastering process, and how judicious use of the right UAD plug-ins can really make your songs sparkle and pop.

From there, Matt takes you through his complete mastering chain, explaining what every UAD Plug-in he uses does in the process. Beginning with tape emulation and corrective EQ to bring out the best in the recordings, he moves on to shaping the overall sound with compression and additional EQ, before finishing with specific tricks for getting the vocal to sit just right.

If you use UAD plug-ins and want to get that "release-ready" sound for your songs, you'll want to watch "Mastering with UAD Plug-ins" to give your tracks the polish they deserve.

HardDiskMusic
Submitted 1 month ago

Easy to understan - step by step learning

I think is good even for beginners

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase

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Macaroni
Submitted 9 months ago

Basic but worthwhile

It's always good to see/hear how others approach mastering ITB.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro

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Ilkhan
Submitted 11 months ago

Very helpful

Very helpful

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anjan
Submitted 1 year ago

Great Tutorial

This tutorial helped a lot to understand signal chain during mastering as well as the UAD plugins used.

I am a: Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician, Hobbyist

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WaterBound
Submitted 2 years ago

More than UAD - its' really about mastering

A fantastic tutorial!!! Lots of details about UAD plugins. But, the big value is that these tutorials walk you through how to THINK about mastering. Great tips about the mastering process. Really an extremely valuable tutorial.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician

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Spock999
Submitted 2 years ago

Great Tutorial

Great Tutorial with tons of informations and good specific exemples. The first song was really good to start with but the final product was GREAT ... I will get some new toys from UAD really soon ...

I am a: Mastering Facility, Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician

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Tarnfisch
Submitted 2 years ago

full of good advices, hints and knowledge

I work with UAD Plugins for 3 years now. I love to follow Matt on his video tutorials. Even if I knew already a lot how to work with UAD-Plugins, I always find something new (details and mastering tips) in his videos. Very good for my work. 5 stars, thanks Matt !

I am a: Beat Maker, Producer, Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started dabbling as a kiddo, beginning with piano at about age 7. My love and appreciation for music only develops and matures as I get older. My main instrument is now guitar, but I have a great love for Wurly and B3.

2. What training have you had?

Mostly studio experience on the audio side of things. In order to get my foot in the door on that kind of experience, I would hang around a studio until they gave me something to do. I knew just enough to run a sound track session one day, and ever since studio work is about all I've done.

3. When did you get into recording?

Around the late 80's as far as dabbling goes. I started to take it serious and realized it was something I wanted to do professionally around college in 1995 back when it was still all about analog tape, patch bays, outboard gear, and signal flow. Still is a great way to learn if you ask me!

4. People you have worked with/for?

Jeremy Camp, Cas Haley, Josh Heinrichs, Greg White, Chip Bricker, Big Karma Records, Easy Star Records, Cedar Rock Studio, SG Studios, Flat Out Studio, S.M.A.R.T. Studios, WTGO Radio, Sweetwater Sound, Klipsch Audio Technologies, and countless incredibly talented artists you may have never heard.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Because I have four children and a great wife that teaches me (by example) how to teach them. As for Audio, experience in the field is my greatest asset for imparting knowledge.

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Mastering with UAD Plug-Ins is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Easy to understan - step by step learning I think is good even for beginners
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Basic but worthwhile It's always good to see/hear how others approach mastering ITB.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful Very helpful
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial This tutorial helped a lot to understand signal chain during mastering as well as the UAD plugins used.
Date published: 2016-09-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from More than UAD - its' really about mastering A fantastic tutorial!!! Lots of details about UAD plugins. But, the big value is that these tutorials walk you through how to THINK about mastering. Great tips about the mastering process. Really an extremely valuable tutorial.
Date published: 2016-08-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial Great Tutorial with tons of informations and good specific exemples. The first song was really good to start with but the final product was GREAT ... I will get some new toys from UAD really soon ...
Date published: 2016-08-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from full of good advices, hints and knowledge I work with UAD Plugins for 3 years now. I love to follow Matt on his video tutorials. Even if I knew already a lot how to work with UAD-Plugins, I always find something new (details and mastering tips) in his videos. Very good for my work. 5 stars, thanks Matt !
Date published: 2016-05-23