How to Master & The Best Plugins for Mastering

Mastering engineer, Vespers, reveals the full mastering chain used for Spaceship by Angus Wilson.  See the entire set of mastering plugins with A/B comparisons and a detailed explanation of the settings used.  

Get a step by step walkthrough of dynamic EQ, mid-side saturation, multi-band compression, tonal shaping with analog modelled EQ, how to de-ess your master, stereo widening, clipping, and limiting.  Discover the best plugins to use for mastering, such as FabFilter Pro-Q3, Black Box Analog Design HG-2MS, FabFilter Pro-MB, Dangerous Audio BAX EQ, FabFilter Pro-DS, iZotope Ozone, Kazrog K-Clip, and FabFilter Pro-L2.  

This will apply to you whether you’re mastering in Apple Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, FL Studio, or any other DAW.  All of the mastering tips & tricks will apply to your host as everything is done using industry-standard plugins for mastering and not proprietary native effects.  

Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced engineer or music producer, you’ll learn mastering workflow, the best plugins to use for mastering, and how to master a song from start to finish.  If you want to learn how master music for Spotify and get clean, clear, balanced, wide, and loud masters, this video will show you the steps to achieve that.

What You’ll Learn

  • 0:17 A/B Pre-Master to Master Comparison
  • 0:48 The Artist: Angus Wilson
  • 1:05 Dynamic EQ
  • 2:38 Mid-Side Saturation
  • 5:02 Multi-Band Compression
  • 7:17 Tonal Shaping Mastering EQ
  • 8:36 De-Essing 
  • 9:25 Stereo Widening in iZotope Ozone
  • 10:52 Clipping 
  • 14:19 Should You Oversample? 
  • 15:38 Which Limiter Should You Use? 
  • 16:30 Limiting 
  • 17:33 What You Should Learn Next


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