[Updated 2020] Mastering process for EDM music is pretty difficult and a highly debated topic. If you’re looking to get your tracks sounding big, this tutorial will help you get started.
Straight from the mouths of super-producers such as Laidback Luke, Morgan Page, Deadmau5, this tutorial shows you what these artists are using on their master channel.
Add these plugins on your master in the exact order:
1 – Mastering Compressor: Waves C1
2 – LinearPhase EQ: Waves
3 – EQ: Waves Q8 (low cut 35hz, high cut 20hz)
4 – Stereo Expander (if needed)
5 – Limiter: Waves L2 (threshold set to -6 and out ceiling -.02) OR IZotope Ozone 6
Pro Tip: Watch the “gain reduction” on your limiter (Waves calls it Attenuation) meter. Aim for no more than -3db of reduction.
Remember, this is a basic start.
Pro Tip: For EDM music, you should mix into the master so you can hear what your final track sounds at every step of your mixing process.