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  • 2Table of ConTenTs

    Intended Audience for this Guide ...................................................................................................... 5

    About the 2013 Edition ........................................................................................................................... 5

    Additional Resources ............................................................................................................................... 5

    About iZotope ............................................................................................................................................ 5

    1: INTRODUCTION .............................................................................................................6

    It All Begins with the Mix ........................................................................................................................ 6

    Diagnosing Common Problems ........................................................................................................... 6

    What Do I Do Now? .................................................................................................................................. 7

    2: WHAT IS MASTERING? .................................................................................................8

    The Sound of a Record .......................................................................................................................... 8

    Consistency Across an Album ............................................................................................................... 8

    Preparation for Distribution ................................................................................................................. 8

    Approaches to Mastering ....................................................................................................................... 9

    3: MASTERING BASICS ......................................................................................................10

    Mixing vs Mastering ................................................................................................................................. 10

    Mastering Effects ....................................................................................................................................... 10

    Presets ........................................................................................................................................................... 12

    General Recommendations While Mastering ................................................................................ 12

    4: WHAT IS OZONE? ...........................................................................................................15

    Analog Modeling ...................................................................................................................................... 15

    Digital Precision ........................................................................................................................................ 15

    Meters and DSP ......................................................................................................................................... 16

    5: EQUALIZER ....................................................................................................................17

    Whats the Goal of EQ when Mastering? .......................................................................................... 17

    Principles of EQ .......................................................................................................................................... 17

    Using the Ozone Equalizer .................................................................................................................... 20

    General EQ Tips .......................................................................................................................................... 27

  • 36: DYNAMICS .....................................................................................................................30

    Whats the Goal of Dynamics Processing when Mastering? ..................................................... 30

    Principles of Dynamics Processing ...................................................................................................... 30

    Using the Ozone Dynamics Module ................................................................................................... 31

    General Dynamics Processing Tips .................................................................................................... 38

    7: LOUDNESS MAXIMIZER (Limiting) ............................................................................39

    Whats the Goal of Loudness Maximizing when Mastering? .................................................... 39

    Principles of Limiting ............................................................................................................................... 39

    Using the Ozone Loudness Maximizer .............................................................................................. 40

    General Maximizer Tips .......................................................................................................................... 43

    8: REVERB ...........................................................................................................................44

    Whats the Goal of Reverb when Mastering? ................................................................................. 44

    Principles of Reverb .................................................................................................................................. 44

    Using the Ozone Reverb ........................................................................................................................ 45

    General Reverb Tips ................................................................................................................................. 48

    9: STEREO IMAGING .........................................................................................................49

    Whats the Goal of Stereo Imaging when Mastering? .................................................................. 49

    Principles of Stereo Imaging ................................................................................................................. 49

    Using the Ozone Stereo Imager and Phase Meter ....................................................................... 50

    General Stereo Imaging Tips ................................................................................................................ 53

    10: HARMONIC EXCITER ..................................................................................................54

    Whats the Goal of Harmonic Exciting when Mastering? ........................................................... 54

    Principles of Harmonic Excitation ....................................................................................................... 55

    Using the Ozone Harmonic Exciter ..................................................................................................... 55

    General Harmonic Exciter Tips ............................................................................................................. 57

    11: METERS .........................................................................................................................58

    Level Meters ................................................................................................................................................ 58

    Spectrograms ............................................................................................................................................. 59

    Vectorscope/Correlation/Stereo Image Metering ......................................................................... 59

  • 412: A NOTE ON TARGET FORMATS ..................................................................................61

    13: TIPS FROM MORE PROS .............................................................................................62

    Greg Calbi ..................................................................................................................................................... 62

    Adam Ayan ................................................................................................................................................. 63

    Bob Ohlsson ................................................................................................................................................ 63

    Marc-Dieter Einstmann ........................................................................................................................... 64

    Scott Hull ...................................................................................................................................................... 64

    14: IN SUMMARY ...............................................................................................................66

    APPENDIX A: GETTING SET UP FOR MASTERING ........................................................68

    Software and Sound Card ..................................................................................................................... 68

    Monitors ...................................................................................................................................................... 68

    Headphones .....................................................................................

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