The short answer is Yes, in fact using Magic AB a great way to enhance what’s already possible with Perception, if you like to work with reference tracks – or to add extra functionality to Magic AB, which doesn’t have Perception’s loudness-matching capabilities.
We all know that the most important tools we have are our ears, taste and experience, but right after that come the speakers we use and the space we use them in.
In mastering, that’s more true than ever.
The goal is to make your music translate to the widest possible range of replay systems, from the best, to the worst – and sound great on all of them.
That’s a big ask.
If your speakers are too bright, you’ll be tempted to master everything too dull. If they don’t have enough power to play cleanly, they could be hiding distortion you don’t want. And if they don’t have good enough low frequency response, you could end up leaving way too much sub-bass in there… and no-one likes a master with a flabby bottom !
In a nutshell, if your mastering monitoring isn’t good enough, you’re always going to struggle to get great results.
(And if you think it’s OK to just make your music sound great on the “lowest common denominator” systems like Apple earbuds, because that’s what everyone is listening on – think again.)
Every speaker is different, so this post won’t tell you how to choose a set of speakers simply by reading specifications or manufacturer’s blurb – but hopefully it will give you an idea what you should be looking for, and why. Click to continue »