For this tutorial, Point Blank show how you can add “air” to your track during the mastering process, to give the final result a super clean and sparkly sound.
Adding air to your mix is the method of boosting high frequencies around the 15-20K Hz range and can be achieved by utilising EQ. It’s a subtle technique mastering engineers use to add clarity to the sound and give the audio a more open and airier feel.
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During the video, the Point Blank lecturer Jarrad Hearman showcases a few foolproof techniques for adding air to your premaster, using Waves Audio’s VEQ4 and PuigTec EQP-1A plugins and iZotope’s Ozone 9 with a Baxandall curve to create a high shelf.