Mastering in GarageBand iOS – EQ and Limiting (iPhone/iPad) – Complete-a-Song – Episode 15

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In this video, I show some very simple but effective moves to take our final mix to a final master in GarageBand iOS.

Covered in this video:
– Exporting a GarageBand song as a stereo file
– Importing a GarageBand song back in as a stereo track for mastering
– Adding EQ to the master track
– Using a peak limiter to increase volume and punch
– Exporting the final mastered version

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  1. Bro, thank you 🙏🏻 for sharing your goodness. Constructive criticism; I though regular iPhone earbuds) feel like the overall sound is a little dry , as in I can’t hear the highs clearly enough and when I experiment with the headphones position in my ears I hear a BIGGER SOUND overall, please try to compare this mix to what I feel like is most similar, Peter Gabriel, you need something here like more samples or a slightly jazzy/fusion style guitar solo even just for 4 bars! Just to brake up the song and give it a little twist as it’s a little predictable sounding. Just speaking as a muso to muso… wish I could do so Roland V-Drum recordings for you also …. the song is great just needs to breathe a little more!

  2. First Pete, thank you so much, for the bang-on advice and help – on numerous critical occasions recently, I have turned to your channel. Now, on compression, I did what your advice was, and was remaining baffled based on my previous experience…then I realised I am so used to Audacity, with it’s clear graphic illustration of what it is doing. When in audacity – pardon me for those who know – you put the compression on, Audacity does the job, and produces the version of the waveform, fully compressed along the entire length or what length you selected. That means my view of compression, is that lovely, much-fattened waveform that transforms what looks like a worn baby-bottle cleaning brush, into what looks like a NEW baby bottle cleaning brush! IE it maxes up the gain on all the bits that were previously not heard despite there not being much going on in their little section.

    Now, after your stereo tips, and your volume automation tips (mega), I have gone through the over-enthusiastic stereo-ising of everything (!) and reined it right back to a few aspects to give a stereo effect and of course, retaining a central mono for the iphone SE etc out there that only output mono. I finally stopped overpowering the mono, while managing to get a stereo sound, using three tracks per instrument in effect (I chose mono…L…R as my order top to bottom and will stick with that).

    Anyway the point is, I went the extra step once I realised I was missing that ‘new baby bottle cleaning brush’ image, and FURTHER EXPORTED the track I’d only just done that with, bringing it back in to the self-same song I started with. The compressor and EQ effect of course, had been applied, and I wanted to see them one above the other. IE I brought in the WAV of the cpmpressed/EQ’d etc version, and duplicated the original Wav track, placed the EFFECTed WAV output there, and turned off all the compression etc for that newly-imported compressed version, so the effects of compression and EQ were not added TWICE.

    So, I got my familiar worn-hairy looking uncompressed waveform on the top track, and right below now, I have the full ‘long-haired’ waveform where it’s over-compressed to hell and back of course (!) as I got far too enthusiastic, and it has lost all the finesse and nuance it had before. However, it’s got that full-volume-all-the-time character that is apparently necessary for a lot of songs if you want them to be played by someone.

    It’s also now clear, why you feel drawn to extract your songs out usually, to some other DAW, in order to finish the mastering off. However, you are of course correct, it can be done in Garageband iOS from start to finish, and in fact I have learned so much doing it, that was worth it alone. I now know for example, I have no real solid understanding of compression at all. I will ferret around for more info.

    I now understand, what probably causes those album tracks, where they say ‘album version’ and ‘single version’ to sound the same to me, but actually, I missed the point that the difference is not in the song melody or arrangement, but in the production sometimes alone.

    Once again, my salutations, you really really got me through this.

  3. Ya. This was a very good video. Thanks for doing this. If I only had you in front of me 15 years ago. This is a goldmine for someone new to iOS or computer recording/ creation. Fantastic. I was able to eat my bagel and do like 3 different things all while listening to your tutorial and I retained all part. Good show. I typically find it difficult to pay attention to these video lessons, minus, Jakob and Doug. Good work. Right to the point and get it done the correct way. You’re good at this. Thanks a million. 👌🏻