Mas­ter me­ter­ing

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1:14:00As the terms ‘dy­namic’ and ‘loud’ are sub­jec­tive, we ask Char­lie on spe­cific set­tings. “I use this RME [Digi­face] me­ter. I can see this track is loud, but not slammed – it’s still got a bit of dy­nam­ics. For a nice mas­ter, I aim for roughly -5dB RMS on the me­ter. All me­ters give dif­fer­ent read­ings, so it’s about get­ting used to a me­ter you know, and learn­ing what dif­fer­ent mu­sic looks like. I’m get­ting some tracks that are -1dB RMS on these me­ters, which is crazy loud! But that comes into other things, such as mix­ing into mas­ter­ing as you’re mak­ing the tune to get that loud­ness.

“In my cir­cles, ev­ery­one’s re­al­is­ing that it’s to the detri­ment of the mu­sic. On a soundsys­tem that’s al­ready loud, you’re hit­ting their lim­iters, so it’s kinda point­less to go that loud. Ev­ery­one’s back­ing off a bit, to get things to sound phat and nice, rather than look­ing good on the me­ters. So that’s what I try and do when mas­ter­ing: not just hit a num­ber for the sake of it, but get some­thing that sounds best.”

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