Mastering with Ableton Built-In Effects – Complete Mastering Chain // Free Download

Basic Mastering in Ableton with built-in audio effects. Balancing the mix, cleaning up the mix, adding loudness, gain, power, punch to your track. Follow us on Instagram for daily Ableton live tips: ➤ Download the free mastering chain ➤ Check our Heldens-Style template and tutorial over here ➤

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Setting up a basic powerful mastering chain with Ableton built-in audio effects / free download

Let’s try to set up a powerful mastering chain in Ableton with the goal of only using built-in audio effects. When “mastering” on this basic level, we are trying to accomplish 3 things: balancing the mix, cleaning up the resonance and adding loudness (punch) to the track. Of course, there are different definitions of mastering and many philosophies on the order of your effects used. For example, one could perfectly argue, that the multiband dynamics should go in front of the Glue compressor. But let’s go ahead and lay down our chain as we are using it inside of the video tutorial:

EQ8: This EQ is operating in mid-side mode. We are cutting out frequencies below 100hz on the side and freqs below 35 Hz in the mids. That way we have a clean low cut and our bass is operating in mono
Glue compressor: We are catching some of the peaks over the entire frequency range
EQ8: We are flattening our some unwanted resonance
Multiband Dynamics: We are balancing the low, mid and highs with 3-band multiband compression
Compressor: We are adding punch to the mix, emphasizing the dynamics
Compressor: We are flattening out the mix a little bit (in order to be able to make the sum louder in the end)
EQ8: Final touches, we are pulling up the bass a bit and adding a little bit of brilliance in the top end
Limiter: We are increasing the loudness of the sum of our track. Note: don’t push it too far, Ableton’s limiter starts distorting the sound quite quickly.

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