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