Computer Music November 2016 Issue 236

Professional Mastering Secrets. 
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As a valued subscriber of Computer Music magazine, here’s what’s in your shiny new issue: Professional Mastering Secrets! 

Once you’ve finished your latest track, it’s time to squeeze out the final 5% of sheen, polish, width and loudness. Yep, I’m talking about mastering, the all-important final stage of the music-making process that will turn your mix into a track as powerful and as punchy as the best songs out there. 

But should you pay a professional to master your music, or can the process be done at home with plugins? To answer this question, we’ve got a huge three-tiered cover feature for you… 

First, to show you exactly how the best engineers in the world do their thing, we visit A-list studios Metropolis Mastering. See the world-famous Stuart Hawkes (Amy Winehouse, Disclosure, Avicii, Ed Sheeran) master a track from start to finish in an exclusive video ‘attended session’, then download his master to hear the results for yourself. 

Next, we visit Hull-based Label Worx for astem-mixing and mastering interview/ video session. And to finish, we’ll show you how to master music yourself, at home, using only free plugins. 

Freebie-wise, we’re giving you two premium mixing plugins worth a whopping £229: Focusrite’s Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor (VST/AU/AAX/RTAS). To find out how to register the plugins, download the zip file from vault.computermusic.co.uk and read the enclosed text file. You’ll also get a hefty 3GB of samples, including packs from pro labels Goldbaby and Loopmasters. 

Elsewhere in the mag, we’re reviewing NI’s hot new groovebox, Maschine Jam; and check out our Pimp Your DAW and Classic Hip-Hop features for tons of studio inspiration.