Mastering Chain

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by AnalogNews, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. AnalogNews

    AnalogNews Guest

    I was wondering if there was a "better way" to process your final mixes in terms of dither and resampling, if necessary.

    I assumed,

    1. Highest quality final mix.
    2. Limiter, master effects etc.
    3. Dither to 16-bit.
    4. Downsample to CD Sample Rate from 48khz to 44.1khz

    Is this a rule or does it matter.

    Presumably, you want to process your final mix at the highest resolution and then do any destructive sound quality reduction like dither or resampling last.

    Any ideas would be appreciated.
  2. AnalogNews

    AnalogNews Guest

  3. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Distinguished Member

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    Personally I would leave dither til the end.
  4. AnalogNews

    AnalogNews Guest

    Cheers Michael! :c:
  5. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

    I think you get the best results if you do the samplerate conversion before you mix!
  6. I concur. SRC, then dither. Noise shaping will take care of your dithering errors - but a naked SRC right at the end puts you at risk for HF artifacts.

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