Common Audio Mastering Mistakes


Common Audio Mastering Mistakes

Low End Bass Instrument

Low End Bass Instrument

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:

  • Frequency Analyzer

  • Having a moderately tuned room 

  • A pair of headphones with accurate LF response

Frequency Analyzer

Frequency Analyzer

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 treated-tuned room

Having a treated-tuned room

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.

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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