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Pro Tools 105 - Mastering Essentials.
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An Offline Bounce…
should be avoided
can only be done when disconnected from the internet
renders the new file in real time while playing the audio
renders the new file silently in faster-then-real time
chains several mastering compressors in sequence
is used in place of brickwall limiting
applies independent compression in several frequency bands
is used place of a saturator
When A/B'ing the masters-in-progress against commercial reference tracks…
the average levels should be level-matched for valid comparison
you should never A/B your track against commercial releases
the masters and reference tracks should be played simultaneously
the masters-in-progress should always be 6dB louder than the reference tracks
Which of the following compressors is included with Pro Tools?
Compressor/Limiter III, Channel Strip Compressor and BF-76
Channel Strip Compressor
A common approach to mastering compression uses…
a very high Threshold and a very fast Attack
lower Ratio and lower Threshold settings
stacking 5 compressors in a row
a very high Ratio and a very fast Attack
In a typical mastering session…
you should never A/B the song against other songs during mastering
you should apply reverb first
you might work on EQ & compression before applying brickwall limiting
you must always apply brickwall limiting before setting the other processing
Pro Tools' included EQs are:
switchable between minimum-phase & linear-phase
standard minimum-phase EQs
In the Avid Pro Multiband compressor, Slope...
is a combination Ratio/Knee control
is a combined Attack/Release control
is a smiling EQ
is a frequency tilt EQ to augment the compression
You can implement M-S processing in Pro Tools by…
Pro Tools does not include any M-S plug-ins so it can't be done
exporting the audio to a third-party standalone M-S application
M/S processing is a myth. It doesn’t exist.
inserting multi-mono plug-ins between LR->MS and MS->LR plug-ins
A vectorscope displays:
the dynamic frequency balance of the song
the relative phase between the left and right channels
the average loudness over the length of the song
the instantaneous level of an audio signal that is passing through
To comply with most modern Loudness standards, a good setting would be...
a ceiling of 10 dBfs
a ceiling of -14 dBfs
a ceiling of -.3dBfs
a ceiling of -1dBTP
Two additional processors that might be used in mastering are…
delay and reverb
an enhancer and a slap echo
a chorus and a flanger
an exciter and a reverb
Mastering activities that can be performed in Pro Tools include:
EQ, compression, brickwall limiting, multiband compression, and M-S processing
EQ, compression, and brickwall limiting
What is Mastering?
The same as Mixing
A processing only done for analog media
The process of duplicating a final mix
The final stage of audio production
When EQ'ing, a smile curve is…
a broad midrange boost centered around 1kHz
a great-sounding EQ guaranteed to make the listener smile
the application of both highpass & lowpass filters
a broad, gentle boost of the highs & lows
The new level scale used for Loudness Normalization is...
the dB scale
the dBu scale
the LUFS scale
the dBspl scale
The best approach to mastering multiple songs is to…
master all the song in the same project
open each song in a separate Pro Tools session
use the same chain of mastering processors for all the songs
use a separate chain of mastering processors for each song
In the analog era, mastering was primarily done to…
create a stereo mix from a mono mix
transfer a mix from vinyl to tape
transfer a mix from tape to vinyl
create hotter CDs
Character processors are typically plug-ins that…
remotely control an actual external hardware unit
emulate the sound & response of analog hardware
are designed by famous engineers
special effect processors that are applied on top of standard processing
M-S processing converts L/R stereo audio to…
5.1 surround audio with simulated rear channel ambience
a Max (high-level) channel and a Soft (low-level) channel
a mono signal to stereo
a Mid (sum) channel and a Sides (difference) channel
A brickwall limiter...
is used for brick wall limiting
absolutely prevents the signal from exceeding a set Threshold
absolutely cuts the audio above a set frequency, before limiting
absolutely cuts the audio below a set frequency, before limiting
A standard chain for mastering processing would be:
EQ, Compression, Limiting
EQ, Delay, Reverb
EQ, Limiting, Reverb
EQ, Comrpession, Reverb
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