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AW: Mastering music (OT topic!)

Welcome to the dark voodoo of audio mastering, Rune.

There is no quick rundown on this very topic, nor would I imagine a space
for it here, at least not in all its necessary depth.

As for information sources, there are a few knowledgeable people on

For instant gratification, I'd recommend getting a TC Electronics 

As for the process:

Mastering (or pre-mastering as it's precisely called) is the step in 
on your audio right before it goes to your destination medium. Its goal is
to make the audio experience enjoyable for the listeners.

Usually, you won't do anything related to mastering within Ableton - and if
you still do, a mastering engineer to whom you give your material for
production will slap you silly. A proper way of doing things would be to
record a clean mix in you DAW application in a "deep" format (meaning 32
bit) and then doing the mastering in a completely separate step - in an
audio editor as WaveLab or Sequoia using dedicated plugins, or even using
outboard - mostly analogue - hardware altogether.

A primer recommended by a cat on recording.org is
http://www.diplo.co.uk/music/mastering.php, but as always, take the gospel
with a grain of salt.

And make sure to master in your bedroom after a restless night of sleep - 
unmade bed is by far the cheapest efficient bass trap for tuning your room

> Does anyone have tip on mastering - and
> masteringeffects that works with mac and ableton ?