“Mastering isn’t easy, but it IS simple”
That’s a quote from a short piece I did for the excellent Resolution magazine this month. The column is called “Pros or No’s” and contains 6 Likes and Dislikes of a different engineer every month. It’s intended to be fun and thought-provoking – here’s my full quote about mastering:
“DISLIKE: ‘My mastering chain’ YouTube tutorials
You know the ones – huge lists of plugins, including two or three compressors, tape emulations and stereo expanders, plus multiple banks of EQ, each undoing whatever the previous one just did. And they tell you to use this chain on everything! I have news for you, YouTubers – mastering isn’t easy, but it IS simple. Most projects need EQ, compression and limiting – and nothing else.”
Some of my other Likes & Dislikes included:
DISLIKE: Gear snobbery
LIKE: Distortion” (Yes, really !)
So why am I telling you this ?