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Chapter 19. Mastering > Applying Master Effects

Applying Master Effects

So far, when you've applied effects like EQ and compression, you've used them on individual tracks. These are the most common kinds of effects that you'll apply when mastering, but sometimes you'll want to include an effect for all tracks. The easiest way to do this is to use master effects.

Master effects are very much like insert effects on a mixer channel, but instead they apply to the full mix sent to the master fader. You should use a master effect when you want to apply a change to every track on a CD. You may want to put a final bit of gentle compression on all songs, or you may want to use a limiter plug-in to control stray peaks that occur in a song. If you are getting ready for a professional mastering session, write down any master effects that you use and the settings that you think sound the best so you can explain to your mastering engineer what you heard in the effect that improved the songs.


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