How to master a song with tape compression

Uncategorized May 24, 2018

Danny Wyatt here. Here are two suggestions on how to master a song to make it sound fat and analog.

The first is using Slate’s Virtual Tape Machines (VTM) plugin. The great thing is that it’s actually two different tape machines: one for mixing and one for mastering. I’ve put together a free video to walk you through the mastering side.

  • Use the 1/2″ 2 Track tape setting for mastering
  • Use the G9 tape type for the most flattering and modern sound on this plugin
  • Use 30 ips for a higher frequency response
  • Tape hiss can sound great
  • Wow and flutter adds a little natural modulation that can sound cool
  • You can bump the bass with the Bass Alignment setting

Make sure to overdo it first so you can really hear the effect, then back it off to get a more subtle application. This is one of my favorite tricks with any plugin. I always want to know what it’s capable of so I have that sound in my ear, but then I want to use only a little bit on my...

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Mixing and Mastering Tips – Keeping low end with Pro-C

Uncategorized May 24, 2018

Danny Wyatt here. I’ve received a ton of emails, questions, and requests for mixing and mastering tips. Today I’m going to focus on commercial loudness.

Before I do, I want to mention that everything I’m showing you will work in any DAW. I have some favorite tools (like FabFilter, Izotope, and Universal Audio), but you can do this stuff using the stock plugins in Ableton, Logic, or whichever software you’re using.

I’m excited to show you these new techniques that I’ve developed over the past year. I find that my tracks sound best when I blend the latest high-tech surgical plugins with emulations of classic gear that’s been around forever. This gives me the best of both worlds: organic warmth and character shaped by precise digital tools.

Here are two of the questions I received:

1) “How do I achieve commercial loudness and maintain punchiness as achieved by artists like Knife Party, Skrillex, even Deadmau5. Any tips on this topic...

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