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 In this article I will discuss how to master pop rock, punk rock, alternative rock and country 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 own pop rock, punk rock, alternative rock and country songs 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 Pop Rock, Punk, Alternative, And Country

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 (6) These genres have slightly above average clarity. The vocals play a major role and need to be understood, unlike hard rock where many times the vocalist doesn't mind their vocals being crowded in and hidden a bit.

Brightness (6) Brightness is slightly above average. These genres could be played back loud and you don't want them too bright.

Bass Volume & Boominess (6) I put this sonic quality rating at slightly above average because it pretty much depends on the song.

If the song is a standard rock, your bass could be only a 5. But if the song has a dominant bass-line, you might be looking at a 6-7.

Overall Compression (6) Once again, right above the middle. A little less compression than hard rock, but more than classic rock (which is very low).

Stereo Width (7) Many times these genres will have stereo guitars. So, a nice stereo width is very important.

Overall Loudness ReplayGain Number (98-98.5) The volume level of these genres are a step below hard rock and hip-hop. This helps them maintain a little more dynamic range, which is important because they're usually more musical than the aforementioned genres.
 


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