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How to create a pre-master WAV ready for Mastering

Once your track is finished, how you export or mixdown your track is very important when it comes to mastering.

STEP 1

Remove any compressors or limiters from the Stereo / Master output channel. For good mix practice there should not be any plug-ins on this channel.

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STEP 2

Turn the master / stereo output fader down so the peak music level does not go above -4.0dB. There should be some space between the peak music level and the top of the level meter.

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STEP 3

Mixdown your track in the normal way in the format WAV 24 Bit 44.1 KHz

STEP 4

To check your WAV is mixdown correctly open it with your normal programme or Audacity (download free here http://audacity.sourceforge.net/). It should look similar to this waveform

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INCORRECT EXAMPLES

Too Loud

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Too Quiet

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