Tips for Mastering You Songs

I have been a longtime admirer of Dave Pensado and have watched his many videos on mixing, also I have listened to his many interviews with top Grammy award-winning producers. Dave offers great insight into the world of audio mixing. One interview that really opened me up to mix engineering was this one with Jay Z’s Engineer, Young Guru – Pensado’s Place #129 Part 1 and 2 who gives insight into his work with Jay Z. Thanks again for your post.

For a long time I have been an admirer of Dave Pensado, who is a Grammy Award-winning mix engineer. He has a vast resume of artist he has worked with from Kenny G to Mary J. Blige and is well respected for his contributions. I often visit his website and view his vlogs where he gives tips and tricks on recording, mastering, mixing, and plugin’s. He also has episodes where he talks with other engineers, educators, artist, producers, etc. where they breakdown works they have done in the industry.

Recently Dave posted a two-part vlog with mastering engineer Gene Grimaldi. The two discuss maneuvers and gives tips on ways to have your mix best prepared for the mastering engineer. If you were not aware there is multiple steps to recording a song. It begins in the hands of the recording engineer who is responsible for recording the song and getting good quality takes. It then goes to the mixing engineer, who handles processing, effects, instruments and combines them together for a final mix or what is considered a mixdown. After the final mix is complete it is sent to the mastering engineer. The vlogs breaks down some of the thing mastering engineers look for when they receive a mix such as, too much compression, certain aspects that can be improved upon. They also discuss how its important to have a relationship with your mastering engineer because you can learn more and it makes good in the long run.

What I take from these lessons are tips I can use on projects to better them and better them for the mastering engineer. I always like to critique my work and let my collogues critique my work before I attempt to send it in for master for more than one reason, it cuts back on return time and enhances my abilities. I would recommend other engineers to view some of these lessons and see what they can take from it.