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Plastic Evolution – Easy Into – Mastering

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Plastic Evolution – Easy Into – Mastering

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[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Bandcamp : Plastic Evolution
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Plastic-Evolution-113189512091635
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Plastic Evolution is the band / project of Gerben Elburg. His latest release “Easy Into” was mastered at White Noise Studio. Gerben was so kind to provide some background info on how the album was recorded:

Gerben: “The writing process usually starts with a guitar riff or – strum. By adding layer on layer this grows into a full fledged song. It results in having at least 30 different tracks for each song. I really tried to avoid the standard verse-chorus song buildup for this album (with the exception of a few songs). In hindsight I discovered most (parts of) songs have a 3/4 measure. Lyric wise I try to keep it pretty abstract, without being cliché or wishy washy. Almost everything was recorded with a Rode NT1-A, Shure SM57 and/or MXL 990 microphone.

Mastering Plastic Evolution – Ease Into:

Gerben mixed it all by himself and asked me to add the final touch a.k.a mastering.
After doing a testmaster of the track ”Overflow” the sound of the mastered track was the used reference for the entire mastering of the album.
All tracks were imported into Cubase 8.5. The tracks were put after eachother in the right order to keep a good album flow during mastering.

Every track used sort or less the same plugins: Waves C4 Multiband, Elysia Alpha Compressor, bx_dynEQ v2 and DDMF IIeqpro2. The order in which they were used altered with some tracks, sometimes it sounded better when the order was changed. The C4 was used to compress the low end below 178hz since that was a bit uneven and jumpy at times. When used, the IIeqpro2 was used in mid/side setup to adjust some dominant frequencies in the sides or in the mid. Mosty of the time it was bypassed and always automated.

The Alpha compressor was also used in mid-side to have different mild compression settings on the mid and sides. It was set to a low compression ratio with long attack and release settings to have overall gain riding instead of micro managing.

bx_dynEQ v2:

The plugin which was used the most bx_dynEQ v2. This dynamic eq plugin was very useful to adress the, at times, loud string noises coming from the acoustic guitar in the mixes. Set to different changing frequencies this plugin tamed the few frequency specific noises when they occured. It was heavily automated to follow the different noises happening.

Every track was then send to the same mastergroup which had global multiband compressing set to do almost nothing , a master reverb a high shelf eq and some multiband limiting to adress a the few very short spikes when they happened.
This all resulted in a more even mix so it was perfectly shaped to go into the analogue eq of the D&R stylyx. The low was a bit boosted and mid was brought more up to front with this eq.

Final Steps:

Back into Cubase a final limiter was used to raise the overall volume because of the headroom available and the loudness was set to a very musical -12dB Lufs.
With all tracks exported, the final step was to import them into Wavelab to add meta data and export as mp3’s, 24bit and 16 bit wavs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][socialWarfare][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][templatera id=”5871″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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