How To Master A Song In FL Studio

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How to master a song in FL Studio

Mastering is the final step in music production. It’s the process of improving the sound quality and perceived volume of your song (if possible and/or needed) with the aid of such tools as an equalizer, compressor, limiter, stereo enhancer, etc.


It’s also preparing a song for the proper medium (i.e. “mastered for iTunes”). After mastering, your song should be ready to go public.

What Mastering Isn’t

Keep in mind that mastering goes hand-in-hand with mixing. The truth is, if your song is not mixed properly, amateur level mastering isn’t going to do you any favors – in fact, it’ll probably make it worse.

Mastering isn’t a way to fix major mixing issues and also it isn’t “magic” that will turn an unbalanced mix into a polished, commercial song. You need to achieve the “commercialism” as much as possible during the mixing stage.

So, before you consider experimenting with mastering, it’s essential to learn how to mix first. Your song needs to sound balanced and as good as possible before moving into to the mastering stage. So if all that sounds a little too familiar, I recommend checking out some of my guidelines for mixing electronic music. And even though I’m do not consider myself to be a professional, they might help you.

Do I need to Hire a Mastering Engineer?

A lot of producers and professionals say that mastering should be left to the professionals. They say that you shouldn’t master your songs by yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing.

I wouldn’t disagree because mastering engineers have the skills, professional equipment, proper listening environment, and trained ears on top of years of experience. So they pretty much know what can be done (or shouldn’t be done) to enhance the quality of your mix.

But, we’re also living in the new age of modern music production where artists and producers are choosing to do a lot more on their own – this includes the mastering phase. There are many reasons to want to take on the mastering yourself including (but not limited to): limited budget, referencing your tracks at a “mastering level”, making music for fun (not profit) and don’t need to hire anyone, and the list goes on.

Whatever your reason, I think it’s good to learn the basics and get your head around what mastering can do for your tracks. My general rule of thumb is when I’m producing a track for fun or experimentation, I handle the mastering duties. Once I feel like I have something ready for release, I’ll bring a mastering engineer on board.

But let me also preface by saying that I’m NOT a professional – I’m just a hobbyist so what I’m writing here may NOT be the best practice. If you are serious about mastering your song, I STRONGLY advise you to contact a professional mastering engineer. And for some excellent advice on mastering, check out this article by Ian Shepherd or this guide on mastering beats from Modern Samples).

So with that out of the way let’s move on!

A Bit of Info on Mastering Tools

There is a broad range of VST plugins that can be used for mastering: brick wall limiters, single band compressors, multi-band compressors, equalizers, stereo enhancers, etc. And there’s even a bunch of presets to get you started.

I have to say though, that while presets can be a great starting point, there isn’t an FX chain or “preset” that’s going to work for every mix. There is no shortcut to mastering.

Each mix is different, which is why the mastering tools need to be picked and tweaked according to each unique situation. Everything depends on the audio material you have and what you want to achieve with the mastering. Sometimes, you may only need to add a limiter to get the job done, whereas other times you may need 4-5 different plugins. The thing is, you just need to learn to use your ears and pick your tools based on that.

So with that in mind, I’m going to show the method and the tools that I used to master the song in this tutorial. The plugins and the settings were tweaked and tailored specifically to the example song so that this configuration won’t work exactly for your mixes.

The idea is to take the general knowledge that I am presenting and apply it to your mixes in a way that’s unique to your sound or your particular project.

I’ve also included the FL Studio Mixer State file at the end of this tutorial for you to download into your sessions and experiment with if you choose to do that.

But I should also emphasize that this is NOT a definitive guide to mastering as there is a lot more to the process than just throwing a bunch of plugins at your mix.

Okay, let’s begin!

Preparing The Song For Mastering And Getting Down To Business

There are actually two ways to master your songs in FL Studio (or any DAW for that matter).

  1. You can master the song while you’re mixing it or
  2. you can export the song as a WAV file, create a new empty project, import it back to FL Studio, and then master it.

I personally like to keep mixing and mastering as separate processes, so I’m going to use method 2 for this tutorial.

STEP 1 – Export your mix to WAV.

Before you export your mix to WAV (aka do the mixdown), you need to make sure that it isn’t clipping. One way to do that is to drop the master volume level to around -6.0 dB or lower. This is to leave some headroom (“air”) between the highest peaks and the 0dB level, thus avoiding the appearance of clipping (read more about this in my mixing guidelines article).

However, if you’re exporting your WAV to 32 bit floating point format, you don’t need to worry much about the clipping  But even so, it’s still a good mixing practice to avoid clipping by using the level faders.

However, if you’re exporting your WAV to 32-bit floating point, you don’t need to worry much about the clipping(check out mixing tip on using 32 bit floating point format). But even so, it’s still a good mixing practice to avoid clipping by using the level faders.

Also, make sure you don’t have any compressor or limiter on the master fader when you export the track.

Use the highest possible quality for rendering. Here are the settings I’m usually using:

WAV Rendering Settings for Mastering

STEP 2 – Create a new empty FL Studio project, and open your exported mix in Edison.

Cut the unnecessary silence at the end or beginning of the song (if any). Check the pic below:

Cut the unnecessary silence using edisonSTEP 3 – Create a very short fade out at the end of the song (if needed).

This is to avoid the song being abruptly cut. In some cases, there might be a tail of reverb or delay still playing after the actual song has ended. Check below:

Create a Short Fade Out At The End of the Song**SIDE NOTE** The following step you should take with caution!!!

STEP 4 – Peak normalize the WAV file

Peak normalizing increases the amplitude of the waveform so that the loudest peak is at its maximum possible level (near 0dB). This increases the track volume without clipping.

Other producers say that you should NOT normalize your WAV at this point. However, I’ve been doing it regardless. I like the signal to be “hot” before feeding it to plugins that affect the dynamics of the audio. I may be doing it wrong, but so far I haven’t had any issues with this step.

But then again, what do I know? I’m just a hobbyist. So be cautious!

After normalization, save the changes to a WAV file.

Normalize the WAV

STEP 5 – Create another empty FL Studio project and import the WAV to a Playlist.

Import WAV to Playlist

STEP 6 – Load the mastering plugins.

Remember, even though I’m showcasing a “mastering plugin chain”, the set of plugins you pick really depends on your mix and what kind of treatment you think it needs. The following plugin chain may very well not suit for your needs (you could do just as fine only with an EQ and limiter).

So here goes:

Open the Mixer and add these plugins in a following order to the Master mixer tracks FX slots:

  • Fruity Parametric EQ 2 for cutting unwanted frequencies.
  • Fruity Compressor to make sure that the dynamic range of the whole mix is balanced so that there isn’t too big gaps between the loudest and quietest parts.
  • Fruity Multiband Compressor for fine tuning the volume level in areas that are still too loud or quiet in the mix (if any).
  • Fruity Parametric EQ 2 for boosting frequencies.
  • Fruity Limiter for maximizing the volume of the whole mix without clipping it.

Now, few words about the order of the plugins in the FX chain: notice that the eq used for cutting comes before the compression and eq for boosting, after the compression. Why? Because the eq settings affects how the compression behaves. For example, if you boost some low fequencies before the compression, you raise their peak level and compressor will react to these peaks by trying to attenuate them.

However, like always in audio production, there shouldn’t be too much do’s and dont’s: in some situations the aforementioned can be exactly what you need, but in a normal mastering situation, cutting frequencies might be best to be done before and boosting after the compression..

Below is a pic of the mastering fx chain:

Mastering FX ChainNow, to the settings of the first eq.

7. Fruity Parametric EQ 2 for CUTTING.

This is the eq unit that comes BEFORE the compressors. You may wan’t to cut the very low frequencies from around 20-30Hz using high pass filter with steep filter slope and the high frequencies near 20kHz with low pass filter. Those are frequencies that can’t be heard through most of the normal speaker systems, but they might add unnecessary energy to your mix and may make it sound louder (not in a good way) than it really is. In case like this, it’s like leftover noise that needs to be cleaned.

However, if you’re making electronic music especially for clubs, you might wan’t to consider whether you cut the lows at all. This is because if the song is played through large PA systems, you might loose too much of the low end response. And even though human ear can’t hear frequencies of 20Hz and below, they still can’t be FELT in the club.

On the other hand, and correct me if I’m wrong, not nearly all of the large PA systems are able to go down to 20Hz. I’ve heard that most will actually roll off the 30-40Hz (?), so if your mix has a lot of energy in the 20-30Hz region, it will just uselessly waste the headroom of your mix. With that in mind, setting the cut to 30Hz might be something worth to test.

Also, remember this:  if the PA system has been setup poorly, there’s always a risk that sub-bass heavy tracks may blow up the system. 🙂

Cutting the 30Hz range, when it’s not needed, removes the unnecessary frequencies and may clear up your mix nicely and gives a bit more headroom to raise the overall level of your whole mix.

But it’s really up to you and what you’re planning to do with your song. You may actually end up to not use the cutting eq at all.

Note about the high frequency cut: if you feel like it, you may also try to start rolling off the high frequencies already from 16kHz to reduce the occurance of ear aching high end on large PA systems.

EQ Mastering Settings Before Compressor

Now, to the compression.

8. Fruity Compressor.

Fruity Compressor is a single band compressor and single band compressor is useful in mastering fx chain for leveling the dynamic-range variations in your mix. Compressor is great for “gluing” different sounds in the mix together to tighten up the mix. Fruity Limiter works as good (probably even better as you can SEE where the input signal is peaking so you can easily set a right threshold value) when you activate the compressor mode in it.

Let me explain the idea of compressor a bit more:

Basically, compressor is nothing more than a automated volume controller. The idea is pretty much the same like if you would try to manually tweak a volume controller in a response to the changing volume levels of your audio by trying to keep the overall volume level of the audio within a defined minimum and maximum range. With compressor, this all happens automatically: you can make the quieter parts in your mix louder and also make sure that the louder parts won’t cause clipping as the compressor reduces the gain of the peaks and you can set the threshold level where this is happening and how.

In a mastering situation, compression can be used to make your mix sound dynamically balanced.

Here’s the most common compressor controllers explained:

  • Threshold sets the signal level (in dB’s) at where the compressor starts to kick in. When you start to apply compression process, start with the threshold, because to be able to hear the compression, you must lower the threshold level below the input peaks of your audio signal.
  • Ratio sets the amount of compression that will be applied.
  • Attack controls the time how quickly the compression starts to affect.
  • Release sets how quickly the compression effect will stop after the signal drops below the defined threshold level.
  • Knee sets at what rate the full amount of compression is applied. Decreasing the knee value lets the full compression to be applied more rapidly – as soon as the attack allows. This is the harder knee. Increasing the value makes the knee softer letting the compression kick in more gently.
  • Gain (make-up gain) is used to boost the compressed signal output level because the compression process reduces the gain.

Couple of tips using single band compressor in a mastering situation: you might wan’t to try to use low ratio, long attack and release times for more transparent sounding results (transparent in this context means avoiding that squashed and pumpy sound… keeping the audio as original/natural sounding as possible).

However, every mix is different so it’s IMPOSSIBLE to give any exact settings, but you can START experimenting with these:

  • Threshold: -25dB (or wherever the input signal of your mix is peaking at)
  • Ratio: 1.5:1 – 2:1
  • Attack: 50ms
  • Release: 150ms
  • Gain: 2-4 dB or more (really depends on where you set the Threshold and Ratio)

If your mix starts to sound too squashed, try decreasing the Ratio. Experiment with different Threshold/Ratio combinations.

As a rule of thumb, use the compressor sparingly in a mastering situation to avoid squashing.

 

Fruity Compressor Mastering

9. Fruity Multiband Compressor.

Multiband compressor is a great tool in mastering fx chain for fine tuning the volume levels in different frequency areas.

Let me explain the multiband compressor a bit: normal single band compressor (like Fruity Compressor and Fruity Limiter when the compressor mode is activated) affects to the WHOLE frequency band, but multiband compressor lets you apply the compression to a SPECIFIC frequency bands – in this case, low, mid and high. For each band, you can set the filter cutoff point. That means you can define what frequency areas the band compressors will affect.

Multiband compression is very handy tool in mastering because, if you wan’t to compress (control the volume behavior) of just the low frequency range, you can do that without affecting too much to the the mids and highs and vice versa. For example, if  you have loud peaks somewhere in the low frequency area, you can attenuate these without reducing the gain of the mids and/or highs.

Basically, you could do this with an eq as well, but using multiband compressor here will give you a bit more different sounding results than eq – more “organic” or whatever the proper term is.

Here’s a quick introduction to different parameters in Fruity Multiband Compressor. Check the pic below (click to see it bigger):

Fruity Multiband Compressor

What settings do I recommend to use with Fruity Multiband Compressor? Again, it’s impossible to give any recommendations as everything depends what kind of audio you are mastering. You can START with these though, but be cautious: these may NOT work at all with your mix (I actually feel a kind of dumb by recommending specific settings here…)!

  • Limiter: 0ff
  • Filter: FIR

LOW BAND:

  • Threshold: -25.0dB
  • Ratio: 1.2:1
  • Knee: 0%
  • Attack: 3.3ms
  • Release: 62ms
  • Gain: -1.6dB

MID BAND:

  • Threshold: -9.0dB
  • Ratio: 1.8:1
  • Knee: 76%
  • Attack: 31ms
  • Release: 56ms
  • Gain: 1.6dB

HIGH BAND:

  • Threshold: -11.0dB
  • Ratio: 2.0:1
  • Knee: 76%
  • Attack: 3.6ms
  • Release: 48ms
  • Gain: 2.7dB

Seriously, you need to learn to use your ears and let them judge what settings to use. ?

Now, to the boosting eq.

10. Fruity Parametric EQ 2 for BOOSTING.

This is the eq unit that comes AFTER the compression. If you wan’t to add a bit of brightness to the whole mix, try boosting frequencies around 8-15 kHz using peaking filter with a semi-broad bandwidth.

The boosting could’ve been done with multiband compressor gain controls as well, but the eq is here for even more precise control over the frequencies. Like I mentioned in the multiband compression section above, it will give a slight different results than eq when dealing with the frequency adjustements.

EQ Mastering Settings after the Compressor

11. Fruity Limiter.

Limiter is what you use for maximizing the volume of the whole mix without distortion and Fruity Limiter is pretty good for that. The purpose of a limiter in a mastering situation is to limit the output level to a defined maximum level (usually near to 0.0dB) to avoid clipping when you’re increasing the gain.

I’ll try to explain a bit how the limiter works:

Limiter is a close relative to compressor. It keeps the signal from going above a threshold value, just like compressor. If the peaks are trying to go above the threshold value, a gain reduction will occur.

However, in compressor, the gain reduction is applied in a more gentle way and it also affects to the quieter parts of the signal by making them louder, whereas limiter (at least brick-wall limiter) squashes the peaks that are trying to go above the threshold value and leave the quieter peaks alone. Limiters gain reduction is absolut and more aprubt than compressors. That’s the main difference.

In a limiter, you set the level above which the signal will be limited by using the output Ceiling. Usually it’s set to -0.3dB. Now when you start to increase the volume by using input Gain, the limiter will squash all the signal peaks that are trying to go above the -0.3dB. So the more you are trying to maximize the volume of your mix, the more squashed it will sound. Try to be gentle here by not destroying your mix ?

Some limiters like Fruity Limiter has the attack and release controls as well. Attack controls how quickly the limiter responds to the signal peaks. The Release controls how quickly the signal will “recover” from the limiting.

Here’s some of the most important Fruity Limiter settings introduced:

Fruity LimiterYou can start with these settings, but remember that everything depends on the audio material you’re mastering:

  • Ceiling: -0.3dB
  • Gain: 4.0dB-7.0dB
  • Saturation: 0.0dB
  • Attack: 4ms
  • Release: 250ms
  • Attack Curve: 3
  • Release Curve: 3
  • Ahead: 9ms

Experiment with the input gain, but be gentle with it to avoid squashing your mix. You know you’re putting too much gain when the song is starting to sound like stressed or like it’s in great pressure. Try to find a balance between maximum possible loudness and not letting your mix to sound overly squashed.

12. Export the song once again to WAV using highest quality settings, except set the WAV bit depth to 16 bit as this is standard in mastering because you can’t burn 24 bit files to CD.

Final Export Settings

That’s it. Hopefully this tutorial gave you an idea what kind of tools you can use (and how to use them) to master a song in FL Studio.

However, I can’t stress enough that EVERYTHING starts from a good mix so it’s essential first to make things sound right and polished already in the mixing stage and not trying to use mastering to fix a clear mixing issues.

Also, mastering is not something you learn overnight. Personally, I’m always kind of struggling with it as well. It takes a lot of patience and trial and error, but experimenting is the best way to learn.

Remember also this: using compression in mastering isn’t necessity. If your song sounds good without compression, then don’t use it. It’s not something that is required for making a mix sound great. It’s just there to fix the dynamic range. Actually, EVERYTHING – be it eq, compressor or limiter – depends on the mix and what kind of sound you’re after for. Ask yourself: what do I want – and start from there.

And finally, download the FL Studio Mixer State file here.

Here’s how you load it to a mixer track.

How to Load a Mixer State File

Here’s an example song mastered with using this mixer state file. It’s one of my own songs.

First, the unmastered version:

And here’s the mastered version. It may be a slightly too much squashed, but anyway, compare the difference:

Final tip: when you test this mixer state file of mine and you’re experiencing an overly squashed sound, firstly decrease the amount of input Gain in the Fruity Limiter as I’ve set it to pretty high.

For more about mastering, I suggest reading some of these articles:

What Is Mastering?
The Difference Between Mixing And Mastering
How To Make Your Music Loud
Using Compression
Multi-band Workshop
Advanced Compression Techniques, Part 1
Advanced Compression Techniques, Part 2

If you’re really serious about mastering your song to a professional level, using a mastering engineer is recommended. Check out some of these guys:

Ian Shepherd’s Mastering Media
Streaky Mastering
SAS online mastering
Pete Maher
Tom Waltz Mastering

Ok. That’s about it. ?

Credits to Mo Volans tutorial, which I used as a reference to create this tutorial!

I hope this tutorial helped you to start mastering a song in FL Studio.

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242 Comments

  1. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! ?
    I can’t believe how in depth you made this!!! ahhhh I can’t wait to download your mixer file and and try tweaking a few things!

    You should write a book on producing 🙂 I mean that’s basically what your website is ?

    Anyways I will have to try this out now but I’ll post back and let you know how it works for me!!

    Thanks again!!

  2. Hey Petri, I must say just amazing tutorials, I have been using flstudio from early days but your tutorials have just made me master some stuff. though I have a question, what is your opinion about mastering through analogue devices and recording it back to computer as wave file, as most producers, suggest it has that warmth…I would be very interested to hear your views on it.

    much thanks in advance…:)

    • Thank you, Bala!

      I gotta say making these tutorials benefit myself too: I’m learning new little details almost every time I create tutorial 🙂

      Now to your question: unfortenately I have only little experience on dealing with analogue devices. I’ve heard also that they add the kind of warmth that software isn’t capable of.

      I once “test mastered” one of my songs using Tom Waltz mastering service and I have to admit it sounded really good. He’s using analog and digital equipment.

      So with that said, if you got the $ to put it, it might be a good idea 🙂

  3. In 3 years, I’ve never been able to get my songs to sound this clear. Thank you very much for all the info about mastering, I learned so much music theory with all of your tutorials. You are simply amazing!

  4. Dear Petri,

    Very nice tutorial. Its difficult to write down even if you know the stuff and more difficult to make people understand it. You have done a great job.
    It will definitely help guys who want to get started with music “technically”!
    I read few other tutorials as well.
    Keep up the good work.
    Cheers 🙂

  5. Lawrence on

    Hi Petri, thanks for the wonderful tips! I’ve downloaded your .flp and will certainly play around will it!

    I do however, have a question that I’ve always been trying to figure out – when you first export each of your channels in the mixdown, do you also export the kicks/ drums of the entire song? or do you just export the melodies without the kicks, and then master your individual wav files on top of the drums?

    Also, during the mixdown or prior to exporting your channels for mastering, do you put a limiter to each of the individual channel?

    And once again, thanks a lot for your time and effort, Petri. I hope to hear from you soon!

    Take care!

    • Hey Lawrence, glad you’re finding this tut useful!

      Now, to your question: I don’t export individual tracks. Instead, I export the whole song.

      You see, the way I produce my songs is that I do the mixing while I’m composing – I set the levels in balance, use eq, etc already in the composing stage.

      After that, I’ll export the whole thing – drums, melodies, etc – to a single WAV file, import it back to FL Studio and then master it.

      Some producers like to export all the individual tracks to separate WAV files, import them back to DAW and then do a more precise mixing.

      I think it’s jus a matter of preference. I like to mix while I’m composing.

      As for individual tracks / channels, I rarely use limiter. Sometimes I may use compression, but that’s about it.

      Hope this answers to your question 🙂

    • oswald chimaobim on

      i love ur tutorial very well.but please i need more of it on using wavlab and T.rack to master.pls i need ur help.thanks.

  6. This is amazing. It basically increased the quality of my songs X 10000 lol. I was mastering while I was mixing, and everything was definitely overcompressed now that I’ve tried this a few times. Much warmer, thicker, more complete sound. Thanks for this!

  7. WOW. To actually sit down and go in depth on such a “secretive” subject in commendable. I truly believe that knowledge is power. Thx

  8. This is a real tutorial, step by step. Thank you very much for the tips, i’m in the correct way learning about mastering

    • Thank you, Edgar! Remember though that mastering is a subjective thing and in this tutorial I just showed ONE method that worked quite well with the example song. The thing is, your song material and what you want to achieve with the mastering defines what settings and tools you need to use.

  9. Jamarr Floyd on

    12/06/2011 at 01:21

    Hey man great post! I’ve been using fruity loops for a while now, a little over ten years. This has just broaden my expectations on how wide I can spread my creativity with creating different variations of mixing within fl studios. I have ProTools, Reason, Logic, and audacity but Fruity Loops is what I’ve used for the longest…..sticking with what i know… but the only thing I would like to see is that you actually start to make video tutorials….I’d be your first customer…. best believe that!!….

    • Thank you Jamarr! On some of my tutorial posts there’s also video tutorial attached, but so far there isn’t any voiceover done as my accent sucks so when I find someone to do the voiceovers, I think I’ll put more effort on the videos 🙂

  10. Bebophunk on

    Petri!

    Great tutorial, I am pleased as well as the others about how well the quality has improved for my songs. I am however producing a dubstep song and found everything sounding almost perfect, except that my bass sounded a little bit hidden and main synth doesn”t come out as strong as I would like it.

    Do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Bepophunk, thanks for reading this tutorial 🙂

      I think you need to go back to the mixing stage of your song and start by checking the levels: can you increase the levels of your bass and synth tracks without causing distortion to the whole mix? Also, is there some sound that competes with the bass or lead? If you find a sound that does this, try to decrease it’s volume level or use equalizer to attenuate the frequencies that overlaps with the bass/lead.

      Also, you can use layering to make the bass/lead sound stronger/fuller (check the layering tutorial here)

  11. This is great!! I have a question though,

    How do you import the wav file to playlist? I can’t see the waveform I only know how to load as a sample.

    I also don’t think it’s quite “loud” enough at the end. Maybe my initial mix isn’t quite right, even though I like how it sounds??

    Thanks

    • Hi Yianni! You can drag the wave file to the playlist straight from your desktop or whatever location you have it.

      About your mix: if you’re happy with the end results, I would suggest to leave it there. It’s best not to try to solicit the ultimate loudness as that’s not the sole purpose of mastering and there’s a great chance you destroy the whole mix 🙂

      Hope this helps!

  12. Thanks a lot sir,
    All the info worked for me…even for all my mixes…I really don’t know how to thanks you..you are really very nice Sir. Hahah I have asked many other producers to help me in the mastering and mixing..but all of them got some ego and attitude, but you damn! you are great…I really can’t believe that, you even shared your preset settings. Thanks a lot sir. And a little help sir. Can you tell me which can be a good synthesizer vsti for funky house genre(dutch genre). Because now a days, I am attracted towards that genre and hoping to produce in it. So if you know any, please tell me. Thanks sir.

    Regards
    DJ Sez
    +Ve Wave Productions.

    • Hi Sez, I really appreciate that so thanks a lot!

      VSTi for funky house? I think quite a lot of synths are capable of producing sounds for practically any genre. It’s all about how you program them, what effects you use and what production technique you use. For free synths I recommend checking out TAL-NoiseMaker, it’s a very versatile and synth and it’s not that hard to program either and there’s tons of presets with it for starters. And commercial recommendations Native Instruments Massive, Refx Nexus, U-He Zebra. But really, I think you can use lot of synths for whatever type of music.

      Hope this helps! 🙂

      • Thanks sir..I appreciate that.. :).Thanks a lot..and yeah noise maker is awesome vsti effect plugin..and yeah I have massive and kontakt 3 of native plus nexus 2. So now I will focus on tweaking them a lil bit. 🙂

  13. wow thanks! thank you very very very very VERY much for your time! thanks for showing us (IN SMALLEST DETAILS) how to mix ant master a song, thanks again!!!

  14. PEtri Greeeat website man, I have a quick question about compression when you start explaining about single band compression you said “single band compressor in mastering situation: use low ratio, long attack and release times ”

    now how much ms is long attack and short attack? in ms?

    What about release times?

    Like if the knob is hard left is that short, and when you starting turning it to the right is that considered to be longer?

    Thanks again Petri

    • Hey Do and thanks for checking my website!

      Now to your question:

      I would say long attack is something like 35-50+ ms and short attack 1-5 ms.

      Slow release is somewhere around 100-200 ms and short release 3-30ms or something like that.

      And you’re correct: if the knob is hard left it’s short and when you turn it right, it’s longer 🙂

  15. Sharad Nirmal on

    Hi Petri Sir,

    I have just seen the tutorials on “How to creat electronic music on computer” by you and it seems very benefital and easy to understand. I thank you sir for posting such a wonderful tutorial on creating computer .

    We are in the village and we are not having access to the huge costly studio for our Christian worship songs. We thought of studying how to make our own electronic music and record our songs using computer.

    I will try to study your tutorials regularly and learn. Sometimes can I ask you doubts if I do not understand somehting?

    May God bless you richly!

    With prayers

    Sharaad Nirmal
    India

    • Hey Sharad! First of all glad you’re finding my tutorials useful. And if you have questions feel free to ask 🙂

      Best of luck to your production! 🙂

  16. Skyhunter on

    Wow! Incredible! I did these settings (well with some tweaking but ya know) on an ambient track of mine for a remix competition, and I gotta say it makes a world of a difference! The problem with ambient is you want it to sound like it has a large amount of macro dynamics, without it actually having a large dynamic range. Your settings were almost spot on, Only the limiter and EQ really needed tweaking for my track. Thank you!

  17. awesome! ONE QUESTION, THE LAST STEP, IF I DO MP3 INSTEAD WILL IT STILL BE THE SAME QUALITY?

        • Petri, awsome tutorial, this site is priceless. Keep it up!

          I also have a question about that last step where you export your mastered work to WAV.

          What has to be done if you want to export it to MP3 since its a more known / common format for audio tracks?

          I do understand that the quality suffers since MP3 is compressed but you dont want to send around wav files that may take 100MB or more.

          Thx alot,

          Uri

  18. Sir, can you make another tutorial about mastering..giving tips for every single part of the beat..from kicks to synths to pads to vox. Please. 🙂

    And how to make kick sound more louder without compormising the energy level?

    Also what is the best way to find a sweet spot.

    And what are the best frequency range for most common instruments and sounds.

    Please reply sir.

    Regards
    DJ Sez

    • Hey Sajeel,

      Good questions/ideas, but I think you have to look answers in mixing more than mastering… making kick sound loud is a mixing thing imo… you need to mix other instruments so that they wont compete with the kick..

      Have you checked my basic mixing guidelines? It might help you.

      I also have to say that I’m just a bedroom producer/hobbyist and I still lack of in-depth knowledge on some of the areas you mentioned so I’m afraid making such a detailed tutorial is beyond my skillset thus far…

      All the best,
      Petri

  19. oh not a problem sir..and yeah again thanks a lot. After reading your mixing tutorial I am feeling quite relieved now :). And yeah.. every time I mix, I never cut frequency that is not required for a particular instrument, hence wasting more energy. Now I get it. And I can really feel the difference :).

    And yeah you are a great producer. You audios proves this.

    Thanks a lot sir.

    Regards
    DJ Sez

  20. This guy is really humble. Inspiring to read.

    One question Petri. Do I just record the song all the way through and then export it as a .wav, then import it back to FL Studio and follow the instructions you said? I’ve recorded over an instrumental from soundclick.com, and it’s my vocals I want to master. It gives me options to import “beat to slice” in a: Layered Sampler Channels, Sampler Channels or Slicer Channels. Which do I choose?

    • Hey Nick!

      You should drag & drop the WAV file (from whatever location you have saved it) to the FL Studio Playlist instead of trying to use the File -> Import as it is meant for other means.

  21. Thanks a ton mate. I am new to music production and people like you makes it more comfortable to do that Thanks again : )

  22. Thank u Petri, You know Africa hasn’t much of good mastering engineers but with these tutorials i can see most of her music going internationally,,,keep up the good work…..thank you lots
    Que Rap in Botswana.

  23. Justin Sourove on

    Hello Petri Sir,
    At First thanks a lot for all of this tutorials. This is really COOL. But I got a Problem. How do I make My recorded Voice very Clear And powerful. Although I can’nt Do perfect mastering On Voice. I really need your kind help Sir.

    Justin Sourove
    Bangladesh

    • Hey Justin,

      I’m not an expert on recording from external sources, but I do know that you should have a good quality microphone when you’re planning to record your own voice..

  24. Online mastering on

    Nice tutorial for FL users. One of the most important factors for mastering in any application is accurate monitoring and acoustics. It is once this is resolved that there is a basis for using processing. Cheers

  25. First off, I just wanna say thanks a million for such great info. The tutorials on this site have really helped me alot when producing electronic music, one of my favorite genre’s of music. And this entire tutorial for mastering is great knowledge!
    I was wondering though, could this same process be applied to mastering hip-hop music? I am quite good at mixing my own tracks, but mastering is another issue itself. I tend to send my tracks off to be mastered, but I do want to learn myself.
    Would this tutorial help master hip-hop tracks?

    -Thanks a bunch again for such great info.

    • I’ve used it to to master a track that had a hip hop type of rhythm. With a little more emphasis on the low end, this tutorial help to really make the track shine.
      Thanks Petri!

      • Thanks I appreciate it. I’ve downloaded the the mixer state file, and I must say that my track did sound a whole lot cleaner and stronger. But I’ll definitely try tweaking the low end. Thanks for the advice.
        And thanks a bunch Petri! Can’t wait for your next upload!

        • np 🙂

          Yeah, it should work with Hip-Hop beats as well (actually, the example track I’m using is slightly in a style of hip hop).

          Just make sure the low end won’t get squeezed too much 🙂

  26. Rayan Kattoua on

    I don’t normally reply to articles, but I have been using and following FL since I was a kid. I am now 25 and after all these years of struggling to get a desired audio quality I have finally come 90% closer to my perfected audio quality in my personal unrealistic audio mental scale.

    Just wanted to say thank you so much for this tutorial as it has helped me a GREAT deal. I am not looking for any reply but just wanted to sincerely say, again,
    Thank you Petri

  27. Is it really correct to use dithering when exporting the mixing session to wav file, I’ve allways wondered that and lots of people have a different angle in this question! 🙂

    • Hey Marcus,

      To be honest, I’m not actually sure… I think you should ask that from a professional.

      I’ve noticed though that some of the online mastering services such as Inner Portal Studio says that when you prepare your tracks for sending it over for mastering (for them) you should make sure that the dithering is turned OFF.

      On the other hand, other’s – such as Streaky Mastering – don’t mention that at all…

  28. SO generous – I’ve been looking around for months to imrove my tracks prior to release. This has explained many things that I didn’t quite understand in the mastering process!

    Thanks again 🙂

  29. Hello Petri,

    I really appreciate your kind efforts in sharing the fruits of your hard works with us. I ( a new learner from India ) was confused and was looking for something detailed and concrete about FL-mixing and mastering. Ultimately I found you and I must say its more than enough help and guidance which your tutorial has provided me with.
    Though I cant give you anything for your support. At least I can say…..
    Thank you……Thank you……Thank you……..for everything.

  30. I have a question, do you turn off Fruity Limiter on master before exporting it to WAV (in first step)?

    • Yep! Before going to actual mastering stage (or if you decide to send your track for mastering) it’s usually a good idea to disable alle the effects from the Master channel that affects to the dynamics.

  31. Sir,
    i am impressed with u r tutorial how to master
    it really best n easiest way u told sir….
    i am begginer in fl studio 10
    can u guide me i hav some questions….?

    1. which vst plugins can use in kick , clap, snare,hat,bass line,synth,lead,vocal channel before final mastering

    2. hw to extract vocal from mp3 (For mashups)

    if u alredy posted this means send me a link plz….

    once again good work sir
    thankyou

    Regards
    DJ PR
    INDIA

  32. Jerry Fuentes on

    Thanks so much your information really really helps. I like the way you explain to the extreme with detailed example’s and pictures,and info about how much to turn a certain knob and stuff. It is hard to find this kind of information. You should consider into wrtting a book. Your info is valuble.

  33. You know
    There are so many things to learn from your tutorials

    I dont feel the need to got some music academy now !
    Just learning by your help !!
    Thanks a lot

  34. Brian Konson on

    I started & finisd é track in FL, then I looked for your tutorial cause I saw it days before the mastering stage. I made an unmastered version & the one I mastered after reading again today. Tell you what? . .I can’t believe the difference between the two versions. . . This is my first mastered track!, I know I won’t get it right the first time though as you might still correct something!, but no instrument sounds submerged, dull or exaggarated. It sounds even & it’s much clearer than its other brother. . . . in brief, your tutorial helped. . . Thank you so much.
    8-). . .

  35. Dude, you are too awesome, and too nice. Keep on doing what you do, bro.

    AMAZING tutorials, I’ve been looking for a teacher as good as you for years!

  36. I wanna thank you for your help!

    I’m wondering what the difference is between a maximizer and a limiter…
    Actually I’m mastering a project of mine right now, and I hear that the maximizer (TLSMaximizer) is keeping it more to its original sound… it seems that the limiter is more pumping it and therefore losing its original sound…
    Am I right?

    Thanks!

  37. Hey man, I was just wondering if you could show me what presets and settings to have good HIP HOP/RAP vocals.. and if possible please please please the download link so I could open it directly in my FL studio.

    • Hey Phil,

      I unfortenately can’t you give you any specific presets or settings because you need to tweak everything according to the audio material you are using. Every case is different. Besides, I dont have much experience on working with vocals, sorry mate.

  38. damn this really looks good and in detail! i wish i was in the studio to try it out but i cant at the moment bc im at work :/

    but cheers man!

    • Hey Iachy,

      Nope, I don’t get paid for the content. I do get few bucks from the sidebar ads, and couple of affiliate sales every now and then, but thats about it. 🙂

      Glad you like the stuff 8)

  39. I have been making songs using FL studio and with the insight am now ready to go full house in music production

  40. Thanks for this great tutorial. I’ve been experimenting a lot with mastering techniques lately and I will try out your Mixer Sate File. The brief explenation of the multiband compressor was very helpfull to me. I was wondering, do you ever use the Soundgoodizer plugin on your master channel?

    • Hey Felix,

      Thanks for checking the tutorial!

      Now, to your question: answer is no. I think SG is good for beefing drums or bass/leads, but I wouldn’t use it in a master channel as it would then affect to the dynamics of a WHOLE mix too much and there’s not a lot of tweaking possibilities in it (only one knob).

  41. Skonzhy beatz on

    My music or beat sound demo, its not professional, how can I make it sound professional? please help I use Fruity Loops 10. Thank you.

    • Hi,

      I would say you need to first learn to mix and learn to listen your speakers or headphones. Listen some commercial well produced tracks and make notes how they are mixed. Have you checked some of the guidelines I posted here?

  42. egefaloz on

    Your article is very helpful. i ve started making house music for fun with fl but the sound was too poor… and i couldn t find tutorial how to help it… i don t believe there is a way to make it professional outside a studio but this is what i needed… thanks a lot!

  43. please am using fl studio 7 having finished the mixing, i exported to wave file and later open a new window to import, but i open the file to import to play list and the wave file was not there, it was only midi flile, beat to slice and rebirth song that i found. what will i do now?

  44. A.T.O.M-12 on

    Thank you!! I am going to be running my live 7 tracks thru fl and using this tutorial as a baseline to master outside of live. Thanks a bunch. I will post back up once I get time.

  45. Rotherman on

    Massive help! So much effort has gone into this tutorial and I’m so grateful that you have done it, Petri! Thank you!

  46. Fantastic tutorial. I have always hated the thought of mastering as I could never get
    “that sound”.
    You have no tonly showed me how but made understand why. Thanks.

      • tot to bot on

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  47. thanx so much for the valuable tips .. i was dying searching for this & couldn’t find nowhere
    i have a question pls … what if i added stereo enhancer to the master , is it okay ? if so , inwhich order should i put it .. after compression ? before ? thanx so much

    • Hey Ahmed and thanks for your feedback!

      To your question: yeah, stereo enhancer is quite common effect in the mastering chain. Just make sure that you’re using enhancer where you can choose the frequency area to enhance. If you process the low end with a widener things are usually starting to sound just bad.

      I’m not actually quite sure about the order though… maybe try both and choose the one that sounds better.

  48. Thanks for helping me with my mastering. will us this mastering lesson a couple of times to learn how to get it as good as possible. Just tell me if you want to get a free copy of my bands track 🙂

  49. Hey! Very nice tutorial!

    Will this tutorial be effective also for hip-hop tracks (that go around 90 bpm, usually)?

    Thank you, and hope that you will help me!

    L

  50. So I was reffering to 90 bpm tracks, because I am wondering about the attack/release time – compressors/multiband. I am not sure if the settings for electronic (up-tempo) track will “fit” for a slower tempo one.
    Hope you wish to help me too. I want to release the first demo/mix tape and am not sure if the sound is ok.

    Thank you in advance!

    L

    • Hey Leo,

      Thanks for checking the tutorial!

      To your questions:

      This tutorial should apply to hip-hop as well though keep in mind that it is only a starting point and kind of insight to tools you can use for mastering.

      With more uptempo tracks you might want to try a bit faster attack/release time…

      The thing is, every mix is different so the settings should be tweaked case-by-case -basis… you need to use your ears to decide what settings works best with your track.

      In the Mixer State file I’m sharing, I have tweaked the settings according to one of my own songs. Its tempo is 100bpm and its actually a bit of hip-hop style track. However, I’m pretty sure the exact settings wont work as is with your track as everything depends on what kind of sounds and frequencies you’re using in your mix.

      You just need to tweak-and-listen, listen-and-tweak 8)

      • THANK YOU! Already tried the settings, anw tweaked some of them, accoriding to the song. It’s just great for what I need. For my little projects, recording home and playing around for my firends, it’s just very fine. I really like it and begun having confidence in me.

        You have a good day, mister Suhonen!

  51. Hi Petri!
    I thoroughly enjoyed this tutorial and found it very helpful in expanding my understanding of the plugins. I was wondering whether you deem this process of mastering only useful for electronic music or is it equally effective with acoustic/instrumental music?

    Thank you

    • Hey Shervin,

      And thanks for your feedback!

      Unfortenately I have very little experience on processing acoustic music and tracks with “real” instruments. However, I’m quite sure that the same set of tools are/can be used, but with quite a different settings.

  52. casy sings on fb on

    hey man,i salute u.and dnt ever under estimate yoself coz u a profesional.usualy i master my trax in cubase4,in this chain>>waves c4>waves eq10>waves l2 and usualy get gud results.afta goin thru yo page i learnt fl is a gud software too.and i wil b using yo presets owez o weneva i go to fl,it has realy wekd wel wit my soundcard.r u on fb?thanx n lov u mane,no homo.

  53. casy sings on fb on

    i liked it mane…its a cool one.i was tryna experiment sumin wit yo masterin chain,i added waves lineq and fo tha limiter i used waves l2,my dancehal song ws bangn..if anythn,you the best man coz i neva tweakd the compressors bt o sounded pefect.bigup

  54. DJ Chavez on

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. EVERYDAY MY EYES ARE BEING OPENED TO THIS INFINITE WORLD OF PRODUCTION!! ITS AWESOME PEOPLE LIKE YOU TAKE THE TIME TO HELP OUT OTHER PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GET PROFESSIONAL SOUNDING TRACKS. THANKS AGAIN.

  55. Fernando on

    Hi Petri,
    This is the BEST tutorial I have read on mastering and mixing on FL Studio! (and I’ve been reading a lot)
    Well explained. Not only HOW, but also WHY.

    Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge!

    I do have one question, why do we export in 16bit after mastering, instead of 24bit?
    Thank you once again.

  56. Hi There. this is such an awsome tut and i love all the stuff on this website. im a producer from South Africa and i just have a question, when you are rendering the initial file to wave do you need to have the level of all the instruments to 0db or leave them as is how you had them while making the track?

    Thanks again and keep the stuff coming =)

  57. Wow, I’m simply amazed by the comparison of the two versions at the end. I haven’t read through the tutorial yet because I need to know more about a lot more other stuff first I guess, but I’ll definitely come back to this tutorial when I feel like there could be much more to any of my songs’ sound (which will always be the case, I guess.)
    Thanks a lot for your great webpage, I think you could definitely make some money off writing an (e)book on electronic music, and not only that materialistic part but also you’d make a lot of people happy because you always explain things very easily and broadly, but still to the point and you don’t get lost in details. You master that tightrope that all tutorial makers probably have to trip down very well. I hope you keep on making all this!

    Greetings from Germany
    Simon

  58. Great tutorial. Is there are benefit to using Maximus instead of Fruity Limiter? Maximum seems to make it louder without losing quality.

  59. Bundles of thanks.

    Have been wondering how to mix/master my songs, tons of thanks bro.

    One question though….although I use your sample setup but don’t know why still some of the components specially strings at high velocities come out to be faded/clipped/doomed/interrupted. Keeping in mind final cut down is “0” db. On my DAW (FL) it works fine (no issues) but after conversion I am getting these results.

    Would you please mind shedding some light bro?

    Greetings

  60. heey thaaanks alooot maaaan that waas veryyy helpfulll (y) bigup From morocco

    is there any Tutoriale about Mixiing ??

    thnx agaiin

  61. suburban on

    hey, thanks a lot men, but now can you make a tutorial for how record a song, you know, the fls mix, the voices, voices effects .and it mastering, anyway thanks a lot men

  62. Piu Black on

    Hey, man. I did everything that you say in the tutorial but when I level up the gain in the fruity limiter, the song was saturated. What is the wrong with my music?

  63. Teck, The Future on

    Hey Petri,

    Thank you so much for this really in depth article. I have not found anything written so well and so informative. I do however wonder why you export in 16bit and not a higher setting?

    • No problem Teck, thanks for checking it out.

      To your question: 16 bit is a standard in the final master because CD format is limited to 16 bits only so if you’re going to burn your music to audio CD you need to do that.

  64. Oli muuten helvetin hieno tutoriaali, kiitos tästä! Oon nyt vuoden tehny junkkaa ja oon koko sen ajan funtsinu et miten nää asiat oikeesti toimii, ja nyt löysin vihdoinkin hyvän tekstin koko hommasta. Vielä suomalaisen tekemä! Oli huikee apu. BIG UP!

  65. This is difficult as hell, specially if your mix wasn’t done properly. Only now that I was trying to master my song did I notice some problems with it.

    Hope I get it right the second time around.

  66. Vishnu Baburaj on

    @Petri,
    I’d love to listen to a couple of your tracks.Honestly, your tutorials are far more better than most tutorials online.Great job (Y) , I bet there are lot of people finding your tuts very useful.
    Pls post the links of your tracks, if you have uploaded them.
    Thank you
    🙂

  67. Jimmy Sound on

    Unbefreakinglivable, congrats for a great great tutorial! man I need you to master few of my songs eh. Terveiset Helsingistä!

  68. What a wonderful website and really helpful tutorials “Petri”
    Gr8 job applause from “Pakistan”
    i got 1 question mate.
    In the 2nd EQ i can see just the number 6 band, now u didnot chose 7th band any specific reason.
    Because when i choose the preset “peaking only” i got all 7 bands even if i turn the frequency and bandwidth of all bands to zero except the 6th , on the far left i can still able to see the last band i ve
    turned to zero.But in your image all i see is band 6 moved towards right and raised a bit.
    is that the same preset called “peaking only”
    I do music as a hobby started using fl studio 3 months ago.i think i’ve made a good sounding track mixing is alright as well, but i was searching just how to improve the overall sound and got You, wow learned alot from your website man.i’ll post my track link soon it would be great to get ur comments and advices for the improvement.
    God Bless
    Peace

  69. Best mixing tutorial on the internet. I love guys that know how to explain something simply and humbly. Thank you, sir.

  70. Dr. Jeckel on

    So this has really helped a lot and has enhanced my sound greatly, but I have a serious question. It seems to be briliant when I render it to wav format but when I use the same set-up you have (512-point sync, dithering, 16-bit, etc) for rendering it to mp3, the track seems kind of dull. Is there any way to render it to mp3 without compromising the sound within FL Studio or should I just render it to wav and then convert it? Thank you and I appreciate the help! 😀

    • Hi,

      Can you explain further what you mean by dull? Have you made a side-by-side comparison with the WAV and MP3 and point the difference? What kind of system are you using to playback your song? Also, what bitrate are you using for the MP3 compression in FL Studio? Try 320kbps or higher. You shouldn’t here any noticeable difference on the sound quality.

      Let me know if it works.

      • Dr. Jeckel on

        Actually after comparing them both I noticed that the only difference was in my kick drum which didn’t seem to have the same snap that it should have had as it did in my premaster. So I looked at more of your articles and read something about layering kicks. It seemed to have fixed my problem. Thank you for this… My tracks are far from professional, but I have seemed to pump out much better quality… Good enough to actually get a release. So I thank you for this. Here’s what I did immediately with this specific article. http://soundcloud.com/dj-dr-jeckel/insane… So thanks, I am very thankful for this! 😀

  71. Petri
    Thanks very much for your help your site is the best reference on the net concerning fl studio if i can ever return the favoer let me know…

    Fred Legrand
    Dutch-Beat Records

  72. Johnny Funk on

    Followed this as a guideline and it really made my tracks come alive. I had been stuck creatively due to mastering difficulties but now feel revived thanks to this tutorial. Many thanks!

    J

  73. Thomas Bos on

    Wow, what an amazing article!
    I have been producing for a while now but I never really mastered my tracks because they weren’t good enough, now after a while of producing I produce great tracks but I never learnt how to master so still my tracks had that crappy sound.
    Now finally my tracks are a bit polished, thank you so much!
    You’re a good writer man, haven’t had trouble reading this article, you kept it intresting!

    Greetings from Holland,

    Thomas

  74. coxartproductions on

    Hi, nice Tutorial, will work with it, because, i work for Years on FLStudio and i have loudness problems when uploading tracks to Soundclould. I´ve read some about the Streaming Quality on souncloud is low (128-160), so it is not necessary to render wav/mp3 to 192 or 320kbps, is that right? i hear some music and i wonder how can this so loud….
    What is the best way to make the Track loud on soundcloud ;)…only tune up the volume isnt enought

    Thx and Regards

  75. This is a fantastic tutorial. Great amounts of detail and information on the parametric khz. I do have one question. Will this make a difference if I apply this to trance tracks? as you can see from my website, I am a professional trance producer. But one thing i must confess is i struggle mastering uplifting trance tracks.

  76. hey petri, this question always pops up in head everytime i listen an electronic music from pro dj/producers such as avicii, hardwell and ect. they quality of their tracks are amazing, do u have any idea what software or plugins do they use to achieve that perfection?

  77. This is extremely useful, not necessarily for the specific points or suggestions you made (though they help) but because of all the ideas one can draw from such an explanation to try on their own/

  78. All I know is it is 1:00 am in the morning where I am at. And I have been trying to mix and master a song all day. I should have read this at breakfast time not bedtime. This is awesome. You are very well appreciated!

  79. It’s my own track! And If i think about adding one more piano sound to it I am going to scream! 🙂 My brother is also a musician and well versed at it. But it takes him 4 months to master his songs. I refuse!

  80. Is it a good idea to start and create a beat (drums first, then bass, then synths or vica versa) with a Limiter an other plugins in the master track? When starting to create a beat ive recently been using a template i made of my own in the master track with Fruity Stereo Enhancer first, Fruity Soft Clipper second, and Fruity Limiter third. I never knew the order of those plug-ins can or do make big or small diffrence (Thanks to your post i now have some insight on that) But ive been experimenting and will continue with alot of diffrent ways to make beats so i know theres never really a right or wrong, But would like to see what you say on the matter if you can. Heres a beat that i made about a week ago that i didnt master at all but used a limiter in the master channel, exported and posted.

    https://soundcloud.com/zanzitheauthentic/mad-max

    just would love some insight or words of wisdom thnks in advance if you can, also i love the website and will continue to check in

  81. Benjamin on

    Thank you very much man. I had been reading and watching various tutorials online but non of them helped as much as this did. It was very in depth and well explained. I mastered my track as I read this tutorial and I should say that my mix sounds great with the exact settings you provided. Again, thank you so much.

  82. Basically all this should be done in the process of mixing if you want perfect outcomes.
    What should be made in the mastering process is dithering, limiting and if necessary miniature tweaks (e.g. stereofield, loudness adjustments).

    this way you make sure you have full control in all points of enhancing the track and mixing it.

    just make sure you check this out and the outcomes

  83. shantanu on

    sir plz give me download link of this mastering tips……… its really superbbbbbbbbbb tips…..iam waitin for ur reply

  84. Mangaliso Max xaba on

    That’s what I’m talkin’ about. Your mastering guide is passionately comprehensive &
    has such a considerate manor of presentation, has a rich sense of thorough insight
    and it is chronologically plain.

    I really like the way you understand this DAW & how in your explanations you
    can relate it to physical science. Now I’m not only tweaking virtual nobs but I’m
    also enlightened about what causes the particular change in the sound.

    I have created a couple of Hip Hop beats in FL Studio 10 and always had to up
    the Master Volume and the Mixer’s Master volume after composing and mixing
    the Mixer tracks & patterns, which I gather causes distortion on playback and
    clipping.

    Every completed track or sample I converted to WAV or mp3 to test on my regular
    theater system I would/could only play up to certain maximum Volume without the fedility
    and sonic transparency. I wouldn’t have played my beats & pass the remote to
    someone without the understanding of harmful speaker distortion levels cause they
    would blow the speakers like the chicks that blew my morels. (“,)

    This afternoon (South African time) when I googled “Mastering in FL Studio” I
    found your blog, mastered my latest beat while reading along and let me tell you
    the song is alive, it is as transparent as an ax-ray image and it does not have all
    that baggage it used to have. It’s almost like a fat girl you’d last seen 2 years ago
    and now she’s back, beautifully toned and shaped without the baggage. The song sounds
    defined, in-sync, purified, transparent with a pleasant dynamic range. It sounds
    so professional.

    Excellent work my friend. Thank you every much. I feel indebted to you. I will be on
    the lookout for more of your deciphered insights.

  85. Hey, this have helped me alot – thank you for that! When mastering, I always use your tips by loading the FX in this order (as you have described):

    Fruity Parametric EQ 2
    Fruity Compressor
    Fruity Multiband Compressor
    Fruity Parametric EQ 2
    Fruity Limiter

    …and then I just go by my ears and fiddle around ’til it feels right.

    When I use compressors, I always lower the threshold completely, set the ratio at 5.0:1 (sometimes 3.0:1… well, you know, depends on what ur doing lol) – and then I slowly raise the threshold just ’til I no longer hear the spiky sound that the compressor gives if it’s too compressed. Is that a good way? I think so 😀

  86. Agha Shiraz (Pakistan) on

    Hello Petri

    That is an amazing article, and that is what I needed. I used to publish my songs without these technical attributes but now I feel more confident.

    Thank you so much.

  87. This is a fantastic tutorial. I was wondering if you could do another one or update this one to include Maximus.

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