Common Audio Mastering Mistakes
Muddy Low End or Boomy Low End
A boomy low end is the most frequent mistake I hear all the time when I’m reviewing mixes from beginner mixers and amateur producers. Not properly representing the low frequency of your song is a vital mistake that could ruin your chances of making a good first impression with a potential client, fan, and A&R.
This problem can be easily avoided by proper use of:
Having a moderately tuned room
A pair of headphones with accurate LF response
Using Frequency Analyzer
I habitually use an analyzer to check my octaves in the lower range frequency. This ensures there is enough information in each necessary octaves.
Having a Tuned Room
Not having an acoustically tuned room is the most common downfall in a project and home studio environment. Knowing your room is key. Comprehending how your room responds to low-frequency range from 30Hz - 200Hz is absolutely crucial to achieving an appropriate low end. If you can’t hear it right, you can’t mix it right. Hire a professional acoustics designer to help fix your issue.
Using a pair of headphones
Utilizing headphones is a cost-effective way of fixing your problematic room acoustics. I repeatedly use headphones to check the lower octaves. There are several headphones that I have used in my career and they come highly recommended by top mixing engineers in the business. My top 3 are Sennheiser HD650, AKG K701, Audio Technica ATH-M50x