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Removing Mastering or Master track?

Discussion in 'Logic Pro X' started by OldMacTech, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. OldMacTech

    OldMacTech Member

    I have a bad habit of adding Mastering effects to my songs before they are completely finished. In the process I discovered that if I want to make changes after the fact, the latency becomes bad and makes it impossible to add new material.

    I haven't found a way to defeat the mastering temporarily? I have tried deleting the Master track and once it's gone, it's gone. If thats the only way, so be it but would prefer not to.


  3. mt100uk

    mt100uk Senior member

    Unfortunately I don't think there's a quick a/b approach which will get rid of the latency, all I can think is to save the channel strip (at the top of the strip) setting for your output bus then reset the channel strip (ie remove all the plugins from the output) and then load the setting when you want it back again. It'll definitely take a few seconds (at least) to reload it but it will get rid of the latency

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  4. OldMacTech

    OldMacTech Member

    Thanks for the reply

    Actually what I have used is the built in mastering effects presets just to put a quick finish on. Need to quit doing that.

    I suppose deleting the individual effects would work so will try that. Deleting the master track also works but then you are stuck with no master track and no easy way to create one.

  5. mt100uk

    mt100uk Senior member

    A quick tip regarding levelling/mastering, when mixing (ie not mastering) it's a good idea to set your monitor (or headphone) level to a comfortable listening volume and get used to it (aim for about -8 to -4 on the output channel meter), remember the position of the volume knob and mix to that level every time. If you keep to this routine you'll find the level of your mixes will start to stay consistent, probably reducing the need to put the mastering plugs on until mastering. At which point you can turn the monitors down and do the same thing when mastering. This should help with your mixes as well, as a rule of thumb, mix so it sounds great on *your* speakers (or headphones), then master so it sounds great on *all* speakers. This should also help you to accurately identify the shortcomings of your monitoring environment and adapt as needed. Hope this helps!

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  6. OldMacTech

    OldMacTech Member

    Thanks for the tip

    Yes, great tip-and that is probably my problem. I will mix the tracks at a relatively loud volume that sounds about right to me only to find out that on a different setup the vocals are either too loud or buried in the mix, drums the same or the bass is either up or too far back.

    I also think I will make duplicate copies of songs with slightly altered titles, master them but keep the original so as not to create the problem to begin with.


  7. Peter Ostry

    Peter Ostry Administrator Staff Member

    Why deleting?
    You can just disable them. Click on the small on/off icon in each effect slot or alt-click the slot.
  8. OldMacTech

    OldMacTech Member


    Yes, need to try disable first.
  9. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Senior member

    Also you can use Reset Channelstrip, from the Channelstrip menu.

    Or save a custom Channelstrip setting.

  10. OldMacTech

    OldMacTech Member

    Thanks for the excellent tips

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