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PRODUCTION PRIMER

Update:  March, 12th 2021

In starting it is important to state that if you are not using a DAW such as Reaper, Adobe Audition Multi-Track, Image-Line FL Studio, Apple Logic Pro, Reason, or Cubase you will not be able to perform the post-production and remastering tasks discussed on this page and this page will not be beneficial to you.  However, if you are using any one of these DAW software, then the information provided within this page will provide you with a remarkable breath of information that may assist you in post-production, remix, and remastering.  

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Post-Production is more than simply adjusting some panning settings, amplifying, and adding reverb.  Post-Production is your chance to “polish” a track, to clean it up or add in certain attributes that are missing or wanting in the file. 

 

There are some critical steps in the postproduction process that will best help you create a final version that not only cleans up the deficiencies or shortcomings in the original, but also adds “shine” to an audio track that will heighten the listeners experience and bring them back for more.  I have provided three very good reads that will assist you in mastering or re-mastering an audio track.  Although they seem to mainly address the production of a track from scratch, that is essentially what you are doing, re-producing the track after it is completed. 

 

A great re-mastering starts with a great ear, volume and gain are not your friends and should be used only when needed and as a last resort, there are other methods that will give your track the powerful sound without substantial distortion and flooding out of frequencies that occur when too much gain or amplification is applied.

 

I have provided a few links to some great free analysis tools.  These tools will help you gauge the baseline of your audio track and assist you in determining which way you may elect to proceed in the remastering process.  In addition to the freeware links, I have embedded three text files that further discuss file types, effects, remastering tools, and techniques that will aid you in your journey to mastering the art of remastering.  Now know, this page is a work in progress and continuously evolving, this means that its content will be continually updated until all relevant issues have been addressed-but it is a great start.

Sound Analysis Freeware Tools

Audio Text References

There are three texts references within this section, and have been provided to you for educational and reference use only.  The text files inclusive of this page include:

     1.  Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio (by Mike Senior)

     2.  Audio Production and Critical Listening: Technical Ear Training (by Jason Corey)    

     3.  Music Engineering 2nd Edition (by Richard Brice)

 

There is a bounty of knowledge here for you to take in, so please, settle in and enjoy.  If you have any questions, please contact me within IMVU or via the Contact page within this site.

Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio (by Mike Senior)

Audio Production and Critical Listening (by Jason Corey)    

Music Engineering 2nd Edition (by Richard Brice)

Handbook For Sound Engineers (By Glen Ballou)

Handbook For Sound Engineers 2
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