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How to Add Air to Your Mix and Make Your Track Sparkle

For this tutorial, we 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 airy 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.

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