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Mastering, Effects, and Compressor

Learn about our mastering tools, new effects, and the compressor.

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Written by Noah Feasey-Kemp
Updated over a week ago

DJ.Studio features tools for mastering, effects, and compression. Learn about them below.


Mastering

The Mastering section gives you control over the final output volume, as well as gives you some visual analysis of the frequency content.

Mastering is the final stage of processing applied to an audio file during the production process. This ensures that the dynamic range is correct, the volume is maximized but not excessive, and the volume is consistent.

To master your DJ.Studio mixes:

  1. Open the Master tab from the bottom of the screen.

  2. You will now see the compressor on the left (explained in the next section), and the limiter on the right.

  3. First, set the Ceiling level. This depends on what platform you are releasing your mix on, but typically you want it at around -1 to -2 dB. This means that the audio will not get louder than this level.

  4. Next, turn up the Gain control, until you see some gain reduction in the right meter. This means that you are maximizing the volume, and the limiter is working correctly to prevent distortion and make the volume more consistent.

  5. When you export your mix, the volume will be fully utilized, but the signal will be clean.


Compressor (For making volume more consistent)

Compressors give you control over the dynamic range of your tracks and mix. This means you can easily make sure that the volume is consistent throughout your mix, so the listeners don't need to keep reaching for their volume control.

There are independent compressors for each track and deck.

To compress tracks:

  1. Open the Master tab.

  2. On the timeline, click on the track you want to compress.

  3. Dial in the Comp control to set how strong the compressor is.

  4. Turn up the Gain control to boost the gain.

  5. Balance out the two controls to find the right balance between loudness and dynamic range.


Effects

We upgraded the effects system to include more effects.

This can be opened in the bottom Effects Tab.

Click on an effect parameter to change its setting. These can also be automated in the timeline.

  1. Open the effects tab.

  2. Change an effect parameter.

  3. You will now see a line appear in the timeline based on the effect you changed.

  4. Click on the line to create movable points to automate the effect

If you automate many effects at once, the lines can get cluttered and hard to edit. Simply click the S button to solo a line, making it easier to focus on the specific effect you want to control

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