At 2/15/13 09:48 PM, Blackhole12 wrote:
make the entire low band mono
Sometimes. There are some specific occasions where you want want stereo bass.
The rest of this advice is good, and generally always applies.
I cut frequencies below ~25hz, and above ~22,000hz, but this is just preference. At least cut below 30 and above 24,000.
When using graphic EQ to master anything, be sure to make very gentle, shaping curves, not sharp stabs.
If you don't have monitor/reference speakers, then be sure to listen to the track on different systems.
Use your spectrum analyzer of choice to visually see the track. Watch the different tracks solo and see what the most important frequencies are, and the track as a whole to see the blend of frequencies.
This is only what seems to be popular in modern music by my intentional observations/studies, and may ormay notbe the best way to do it, but most master tracks seems to either have flat EQ on the spectrum, or 3~6db more bass and high mids. This is, if you prefer to balance your frequencies visually, and don't have monitor speakers. If you do, I'd say trust your ears first.
I have nothing to say about master compression, because there are so many different philosophies about what's best sounding. It probably depends on the track. Maximus is a powerful tool, but don't go too hard with it. Learn to use limiters. Not to push 0db, but to avoid clipping.