“In The Box” Mastering Tutorial with Pro Tools 9 and Waves Plug-ins

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This tutorial demonstrates several techniques for mastering different types of music in the home studio. We are using Pro Tools 9 and several Waves plug-ins, including Linear Phase EQ, Linear Phase Multi-Band Compressor, L316 Limiter, PuigTec EQ model, and more! Rap track provided by www.youtube.com

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bdubrecords says:

Insert the Compressor on the channel you want to be compressed (the beat). Set the key input to a bus that contains the vocal.

bdubrecords says:

I haven’t used Ozone, but I’d watch over-exciting the tracks, especially individual tracks. I love to use the Waves Linear Phase EQ to add brightness, as well as the SSL Channel strip to add harmonics.

bdubrecords says:

You need to enable delay compensation in Pro Tools.

bdubrecords says:

I use the L2 and L3 for simpler things like speech. But having 16-bands of limiting works far better for musical program material, in my opinion. That’s why the L316 is so great!

bdubrecords says:

I used to, but I’ve found plugins to replace them all, and I’ve really enjoyed the “editability” that comes from keeping it all in the box. The analog emulations in software sounds great now too!

bdubrecords says:

One of the shortcomings of Pro Tools is that it doesn’t come with as many good plugins as its competitors. But you can try the standard parametric EQs and compressors and limiters.

bdubrecords says:

Some send me the Pro Tools session, so it comes synced. Most send stems that are rendered out with silence at the beginning and end of the tracks. In some cases, I’ll trim this silence off, making it look like it does in this video.

bdubrecords says:

Waves PAZ Analyzer

bdubrecords says:

Great idea. Thanks!

bdubrecords says:

If you have an interface with two outputs, it’s easy. In fact, many have a dedicated headphone output and a line output.

bdubrecords says:

PuigTec is Wave’s version of the Pultec compressor.

bdubrecords says:

That’s the Waves PAZ Analyzer.

bdubrecords says:

Basically, I’d solo all the tracks you want to be part of one “stem” and bounce to disk. Then, repeat for the other “stems.” In your case, you’d have a vocal stem and a beat stem.

Bridgette Walker says:

Waves Are Freggin Expensive… I Hate To Buy Them Buy I Guess I Have No Other Choice

Bridgette Walker says:

I Just Got Protools 10… Does Waves come with Protools 10… If Not How Do I Get It?

greenmeaniebandits says:

I was just wondering,with the rap track that you were mastering i noticed that you have the vocals and the instrumental imported as 2 seperate tracks. How would i export a session to have it that way. I’m also trying to master a rap vocals on a already mastered beat.

pdripps8866 says:

Thank you so much!!! This is so helpful for using different approaches on different kinds of projects

2009korte says:

thats a big screen sweet Jesus

stormshadow2k says:

What plugin is on the big screen, looking like a leaf or mushroom, with the line bopping up and down as the song plays? (lol, cant explain it in any other way)

markalfin says:

Is there any plugin in waves like PuigTec EQ model ???

markalfin says:

Awesome tutorial man..Just 1 question How did u get ur output to both i.e to ur monitors n ur headphone ?

ThisCondition says:

Dude. Thank you so much. SO MUCH.

NoNameDude91 says:

make sure that your mix sounds close to the reference track, so you get better results while mastering 😉 add some fx and play with delay and reverb. then try to eq the reverb and delay, you’ll see it sounds awesome. use a bus comp on the stereo track with low settings, only for fatness 😉

Manny G says:

Thank You I Now Know What I Need To Do Instead Of Smashing My Track

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