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 In this article I will discuss how to master classic rock songs.  Every genre (style) of music has its own set of sonic qualities that are unique to the genre.  These sonic qualities are a "must to know" if you want to audio mastering your classic rock music.

This article not only gives you my mastering approach for the genre, I also factor in client feedback so your audio masters will make them happy too. But remember, A/B comparison and matching is always your goal. This section assists you in doing that.
 

How To Master Classic Rock

Ratings - I rate each sonic quality on a scale from 1-10 (5 is an average amount). Except for overall loudness, I use my ReplayGain recommended levels.

Clarity (5) Classic rock has an average amount of clarity. It's not a bright genre and warmth is important. I want clarity in all genres, but other genres will have a lot more.

Brightness (5) Classic rock has an average amount of brightness. You definitely don't want your master to be too bright and digital sounding, losing its warmth.

Bass Volume & Boominess (6) Of all the rock genres, classic rock has the most bass. I'll go a little over an average amount of bass volume and boominess, which adds warmth to the song. Especially if the song has a prominent bass line.

Overall Compression (4) I keep compression a little lighter than usual. Classic rock isn't played as loud as other genres, it's not very bright, and dynamic range is appreciated.

Classic rock is the opposite of loud and smashed. Lower volume and nice dynamics is the goal.

Stereo Width (6) Classic rock is a little wider than average. You want a nice stereo guitar sound.


not into the loudness wars. They want their music to sound like classic rock sounded in the 70's, before loudness maximizers were created!are Overall Loudness ReplayGain Number (97-97.5) Classic rock is -1.5db to -2dbs lower than hard rock. Clients who make classic rock
 


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