Tagging Pre-Mastered Audio
If you haven’t already got it, download our Free Pro Tools Template before working through this short tutorial.
If you’re working with external producers, production services or companies like wizzFX to provide you with production for your station it can be great to have the ability to easily ‘re-tag’ the production to put your own station name on top of the work quickly. Using our Free Pro Tools Template this is a pretty quick process.
Tagging Pre-Mastered Audio, The Steps
Follow this short checklist, and check out the screen shot below to see how it might look.
Put the already mastered work onto the ‘Clean Track.’ This channel bypasses the mastering in the template.
Put the station name on your favourite VO track. In this example we’re using the ‘VO Normal’ channel.
When the station name is said overtop of your audio you will see that the Master Channel clips. This is where you’ll need to manage the levels of the ‘Finaliser’ channel where your voice is coming from and the levels of the section on the ‘Clean Track’ the the voice is speaking over. You want to attain the best mix here so that you don’t hear the fading out and back in of your mastered audio, but have your VO sit nicely over it and sound ‘in the mix.’ In the screenshot I’ve dipped the ‘Finaliser’ channel -4.5dB, and you can see I’ve ridden the volume automation on the ‘Clean Track’ to create a smooth and non-clipping sound. You might need to work at this a few times to get this working the best possible way.
Once you’re happy with the mix, bounce it out!
The Clean Track
This all works because the routing on our Free Pro Tools Template has the ‘Clean Track’ bypassing the ‘Finaliser’ and summing with it at the ‘Master.’ Have a poke around the template to see how we’ve set it up.
Not only is it really useful for these re-tagging situations, it’s great when making Branded Intros as it means you can include the song in the mix without having to re-process the entire thing. A great and simple trick to get your work sounding better instantly!