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Chapter 19. Mastering > Creating a Mastering Project

Creating a Mastering Project

The first thing to do when mastering your own music is to get all of the songs in the proper form at the highest quality possible. When you talk to your mastering engineer, ask him or her what types of files work best in the mastering studio. Usually you will be asked to create 24-bit AIFF or WAV files at the sample rate of the project. The mastering engineer will make all of the sonic changes necessary and then create the 16-bit, 44.1-kHz files necessary for burning a CD. Here's how to create those files and how to start your own mastering project.

To start a mastering project

1.
Using the techniques discussed in Chapter 18, “Exporting and Rendering Tracks,” create stereo files of all of your songs with at least 24-bit resolution. Render those stereo mixes to a separate, distinct folder.

2.
Start Cubase and create a new, empty project by selecting File > New Project and selecting the empty template.

You will be prompted to select a folder for the project in the Select Directory dialog box.

3.
Navigate to the folder where you keep your Cubase projects and click the Create button to make a new folder. Name the folder and click OK to create it (Figure 19.1).

Figure 19.1. Creating a new folder for the mastering project.


4.
Click OK again in the Select Directory dialog box to dismiss it.

You will be returned to the Cubase Project window.

5.
In the new, empty project, click the File menu and select Import > Audio File.

6.
On the Import Audio dialog box that opens, find and select all of the mixes you want to master (Figure 19.2) and click Open to import them.

Figure 19.2. You can use the Import Audio dialog box to import multiple tracks simultaneously.


7.
In the Import Options dialog box, make sure Copy Files to Working Directory is checked and click OK (Figure 19.3).

Figure 19.3. If you check the Copy Files to Working Directory box, you will leave your original mixes intact and work only on copies.


8.
Save the Cubase project by clicking the File menu and selecting Save.


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