Mastering Tool for macOS® – Standalone App for Audio Mastering – Technical Specifications
« Mastering Tool » for macOS® – App for Audio Mastering
« Mastering Tool » is a standalone audio utility software which can boost or calibrate your sound files close to your maximal level (ex. 0 dBFS, -10 dBFS,…)
Mastering Tool is an audio utility software for macOS® intended to audio content creators. It will allow you to calibrate your sounds (mix, podcast, sample,…). Most of the time during the audio or musical creation process the designer focuses on sound under specific listening conditions (professional studio speakers) with a purely artistic goal. A good mix or recording generally does not exceed a certain sound level (-6dB RMS) even sometimes less (-15dB RMS). “Mastering Tool” is an audio utility software that helps to calibrate audio files for a professional sound closer to your maximum level (eg 0 dBFS, -10 dBFS,…).
Finalize your sounds with 3 real time audio modules “the Infinite Wheel”, the “Beast Equalizer” and the “Master Limiter”
Boost your sounds with 3 global real-time audio modules :
The “Infinite Wheel” module, an endless fader, which allows you to reduce or increase the gain (level) from your original sound.
The “Beast Equalizer” module which allows you to correct the equalization to match as close as possible to the original sound.
The “Master Limiter” limits the sound level of your Master to not exceed your maximum goal level (eg. 0 dBFS, -10 dBFS,…).
Export your Master :
Master Exportation after rendered modules (Gain, Equalizer, Peak Limiter)
Mastering Tool is a Standalone audio utility software with 3 real time modules (Gain, Equalizer, Limiter)
(Developped with the Apple® AVAudioUnit technologies)
The Infinite Wheel :
Global linear gain fader from zero to infinity
Beast Equalizer :
66 Bands Graphic equalizer (from -96dB to +24dB per band) with average linear spectrometer relative to the 66 bands
Master Limiter :
Peak limiter (max. 0 dBFS)
Pre-Gain : -40 dB / +40 dB
Attack : 1 to 30 ms
Decay : 1 to 60 ms
Peak/dBFS meter from the Original sound
Peak/dBFS meter from the Master sound
Master sound waveform samples audio preview
Mastering Tool Document formats :
Mastering Tool Project is a document file, it integrates all the settings of your Master. It allows you to work on your project in a non-destructive way. You can edit your settings indefinitely until you achieve the desired sound.
Mastering Tool Packed Project is the same as the standard Mastering Tool Project File, except that it embeds the original sound file inside the document
Mastering Tool Audio Formats :
Import formats (mono/stereo) .wav .mp3 .aiff .m4a
.mp3 format only available for import
Internal audio process format : 32 bit (float)
Means the internal audio treatment while monitoring the sound
How to adjust the volume of your monitoring speakers :
Start by lowering the volumes of your devices to zero (amplified speakers, amp, preamp,…)
Then connect your Mac® to your listening system
Launch the iTunes® application or another music player
We gonna calibrate the speakers by listening to a piece of music or a reference audio sound…
Set the volume of the player to maximum (⚠️ not the devices only the software audio player)
Select an already mastered commercial title that could match the style of your project
Start playing the commercial title, and now gradually increase the general volume of yours devices (general volume of the Mac® and volume of your speakers or amp and preamp) until you get a sound that suits you.
Your speakers are now set for listening to your reference sound and calibrated for your environment.
Do not touch the settings of your listening devices again during mastering. Keep your player open, you could at any time start listening to your reference sound and compare with your sound being mastered…
2. Proceed to the Audio Mastering :
Do your Mastering with Mastering Tool !
Launch the App “Mastering Tool”
Create a new master (⌘N)
The App will ask you to link your original audio file
Choose your original sound
The app. will load it and caculate the waveform image from your original file
To increase or decrease the level of your sound: turn first the “Infinite Wheel” downwards or upwards to get closer to your maximum level (eg 0 dBFS, -10 dBFS, …) indicated on the right peak meter (keep listening a sound that suits you)
You can adjust / rectify the frequencies thanks to the “Beast Equalizer”, in most cases you will have to lower certain frequencies which have taken over following the increase in gain.
If you want to focus on a certain part of the sound : click on the “Play In selection” button then click and drag inside the waveform image to select a segment of your sound
The “Master Limiter” is here to make sure that the level does not exceed your maximum level (eg. 0 dBFS, -10 dBFS, …) In most of cases the pre-gain, attack and decay default values should suit but can be refine if you want to push the limit 😉
Render the Master to preview the waveform
3. Save your project :
There is 2 ways to save your settings :
(⇧⌘S) .mtool “Save Project As…”
(⇧⌘P) .mtpck “Save Packed Project As…”
4. Export your Master sound file :
When you are satisfied with your Master, export your sound : Go to the “Audio Export” menu and select your desire format :
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