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Mastering with UAD Plug-Ins

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    Introduction (2:24)


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    Mastering with UAD Basics (13:01)


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    Tape Emulation (5:22)


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    Corrective EQ (11:55)


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    Compression (7:58)


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    EQ Shaping (5:55)


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    Imaging, D-Essing and Limiting (14:36)


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    Vocal Too Hot! (9:27)


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    Wrap Up (2:37)


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.


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Florin
Submitted 3 months ago

Good tutorial!

A review of some good basic principles and what we want to achieve and how to.

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Hummelong
Submitted 4 months ago

great overview

Nice to see how a real mastering engineer looks at things.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Cubase, Reaper, Studio One

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HardDiskMusic
Submitted 5 months 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Very helpful

Very helpful

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anjan
Submitted 2 years 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 4.8 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good tutorial! A review of some good basic principles and what we want to achieve and how to.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great overview Nice to see how a real mastering engineer looks at things.
Date published: 2018-03-10
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
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