WAVibe: Automatic Mastering by TGM Audio

 

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Instructions for using WAVibe

Before you upload your mix to WAVibe for automatic mastering, please check that your mix is of the correct condition and format for WAVibe to accept your mix. Follow the five steps below. If your mix does not meet this criteria, WAVibe will not produce the correct result. And please note that old versions of Safari (OSX Snow Leopard) struggle to upload audio - we recommend Google Chrome.

(1.) WAVibe will only accept one audio file at a time. It assumes you have bounced your mix-down to a stereo wave file. Acceptable formats are aif, wav or mp3. 

(2.) As you are about to hand over the job of processing the master-bus to WAVibe, you must be sure there are no extreme effects or processing already on the master-bus like compression or limiting. Please load your stereo mix-down into an empty project, zoom it right out and check that it doesn't look like this:

This audio above has been bounced down with a limiter across the masters. Or it may be that the master level is too high and the tips of the waves have been clipped off. The tell tale sign is the 'flat line' across the tips of the waves and the 'condensed' waveform. You'd be surprised at how many times this is overlooked. If you run an audio file like this through WAVibe Automatic Mastering, the result will sound overcooked and not very nice. Your audio file when viewed in an audio editor should look more like this:

This audio file has not experienced heavy processing across the masters. This is the type of condition that your audio file should be in before using WAVibe.

(3.) WAVibe Automatic Mastering will insert a tiny fade-in at the very beginning of your audio file. This is to ensure any clicks or pops created during bounce down are removed. For this reason, and as general good practice, ensure you have included a little silence at the beginning of your audio file. Again, check your audio file in an editor before uploading to WAVibe. It should look something like this:

 

As opposed to this:

(4.) The maximum allowable file size is 250MB. The maximum track length is 15 minutes. 7 minutes of 24bit audio at 96kHz is less than 250MB so your'e probably fine but if your file size is larger than 250MB or track length longer than 15 minutes, contact us and we will send you a link to our dropbox so we can manually run your audio file through WAVibe.

(5.) Are you happy with your mix? WAVibe cannot 'repair' a bad mix like a human mastering engineer might be able to. But if your mix is good, WAVibe Automatic Mastering will emphasise its positive sonic characteristics.

If you're happy your mix meets the criteria, it's now time to feed your mix into WAVibe Automatic Mastering. You are presented with two questions regarding how you want WAVibe to master your audio. Firstly WAVibe needs be given an intensity setting between 1 and 9. This is essentially how 'loud' the end result will be, 9 being the loudest. A good starting off point is to go for an intensity setting of '7'. You can always go higher or lower with another try.

Secondly, WAVibe Automatic Mastering requires a 'Depth Enhancement' setting between 0 and 9. The depth enhancement is a psychoacoustic effect; it's a process which introduces artificial early reflections back into the mix (it's not a reverb). The effect can give more perceived depth to your mix. Not all mixes will benefit from this but it's certainly worth trying out. It's a popular technique amongst mastering engineers. The effect is not 'in your face' it's a very subtle effect. You might want to just try it with a setting of '7'. If you prefer not to include this, simply input '0' into the box provided.

WAVibe Automatic Mastering will also need to know your name and email. This is so it knows where to send the master. And lastly, please include the name of the audio file in the box provided. This is the name WAVibe will give to the master.

Off you go...

**WAVibe is currently offline. We are sorry for the inconvenience. If you haven't already, why not try the mastering yourself? It's easier than you think. www.MasteringTuition.com can have you mastering like a pro within one afternoon. Go there now and see how... Go and read The Audio Mastering Blueprint Mastering Tutorial at MasteringTuition.com (click here) **


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