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