5 Mistakes Music Producers Make
Every song needs a good master. As Now You Tech, we will talk about 5 Mistakes You Made in Production today. It is one of the basic processes in music production that gets your job done and prepares your songs for release. But mastering is more than that, it’s more of a complex technical feat than you might think. This is why professional specialist engineers demand quite a lot of money to work on a project. It’s tempting to take it into your own hands, as this difficult and expensive process is so important. But can you master your music yourself? With the right approach, this is entirely possible, but mastering it on your own can often do more harm than good. In this article, I will show you the top 5 mistakes beginners and often advanced producers make when mastering their music.
Let’s start then.
You Make Your Music So Quiet
Volume is an important aspect to master. The music you produce needs to be loud enough to compete with the professional versions on Spotify and Apple Music. Big money corporations hire highly skilled engineers who make their broadcasts loud, meaningful, and professional. This is one of the reasons why professionally produced tracks dominate the stream and perform well in playlists. But how do you know how loud to make your tracks if you work alone?
Do you even know how to properly level a piece? If you don’t know what you are doing, you may not know what value to target or how to measure it. This usually means that your efforts have fallen short. If your Mastering track is too quiet, it lacks the courage and authority that a professionally professional song has. Therefore it cannot catch up with a playlist.
You Make Your Music Too Loud
If you’re worried that your master might be too quiet, it’s easy to get over in the other direction. A very loud master is as bad as a very quiet master. Volume requires good balance. If you take it too far, it can lead to all kinds of problems. The biggest danger is excessive speed. This phenomenon occurs when your song’s levels exceed the maximum limit. The loudest parts of your Waveform will suddenly cut off at the border.
All information in this area will be lost. When these details are lost due to clipping, you will never be able to get them back even if you turn down the volume of your speakers completely. Avoiding this problem while mastering is not always easy. If you bring the levels closer to the maximum value, you can easily overlook issues that can cause clipping. You watch your meters carefully and still it is possible to create peaks between samples that you notice after accidentally exporting them.
You Compress Your Music To Death
If you are familiar with the respective manufacturing processes, you probably know how to deal with volume and dynamic range. And if you’ve ever tried to master your music yourself, you’ve probably already tried limiters. Compressors and limiters are common tools engineers use to lower the dynamic range and raise levels to the level required for broadcast. The basics of reducing the dynamic range seem simple enough, but when it comes to mastering the process takes a subtle form of art. The amount of compression required for a loud master is huge. It’s easier to apply them than to make your song still sound lively and musical.
If you just started compressing or did not fully understand it. It is unlikely that you will reduce the gain enough to get a loud master without any damage. An overly compressed master feels straight, lifeless, and boring. Even if you have raised the level of your song to a healthy level, you may have stuck your song to death in the process. Insufficient compression is one of the most striking signs that a song has been mastered by an inexperienced engineer.
Your EQing Makes Your Mix Sound Too Tight
Compaction is important, but EQ is also an integral part of any mixing or mastering chain. The EQing you use for mastering is different from the EQing you use in mixing. When you apply a transaction to your entire signal chain, it affects every single item in your mix. It is extremely difficult to apply wide EQing correctly in this style. If you go too far in one direction, you can make the mixture completely unstable. Professional specialty engineers use extremely expensive equipment to analyze the frequencies of all their mixes. Professional specialty engineers use extremely expensive equipment to analyze the frequencies of all their mixes.
This gives you the incredible high and low frequency enhancements you hear on most professionally produced parts. You can try to get the same results with your EQ plugins. However, doing this is extremely difficult without the mix treble or popping sound. Also, changing the EQ in this way can affect other processes in your main chain in ways you cannot predict. A slight boost in the lower frequency range can, for example, change how your gain reduction reacts. And so it can reduce the space on the main bus.
You’re Disrupting the Stereo Image
Everyone wants a piece that is wide and deep and appealing to all the senses. Getting the wide and detailed Stereo image you want isn’t easy. Not particularly in the mastering phase. The stereo information in your mix plays an important role in how it sounds in a variety of environments. Consider different places where people can listen to your music. They may be listening to your songs on headphones, in the car, on bluetooth speakers or even on cell phones. Every environment makes different demands from your master. How can you make sure your track sounds as big and impressive on iPhone speakers as on high-end headphones?
A good stereo image is part of the puzzle. Any speaker system whose left and right channels are close to each other. Like a laptop or Bluetooth speaker – it naturally has a narrow stereo field. If the information from the left and right ends of your mix overlap, destructive noise can occur in these narrow playback systems. This can happen if you’ve gone too far with stereo sources or effects like chorus or widening. If you abuse this sensitive stereo information. Your master might crash and you miss an important opportunity to get the attention of someone listening to music through such a system.