Export your finished track, make sure you export it in Wav format. This way it will be higher quality than mp3.
Open an empty project in your FL Studio and import your Wav file here.
Add an EQ (Fruity Parametric EQ 2 plug-in) to cut the lows. 20Kz is the threshold of human hearing so cutting around here would be sensible, it would remove any of the rumbles from your tracks.
Add a Compressor (Fruity Compressor plug-in). This is to improve the dynamics of the whole track. You want to keep the track as natural sounding as you can so stay away from a long attack and release times and low ratios.
Add a multiband compressor (Fruity Multiband Compressor). A multiband compressor is exactly like a compressor but you can apply the compressor to specific frequency ranges. Again, every track is different so you want to test it out.
I would usually have a threshold around 20db on the low band with a ratio of 1.5:1, very short attack and a short release time and a gain of around -1db.
On the “MID” band, I would have a threshold around 10db, a ratio about 2:1, short attack and release times and gain the same value as the low band but a positive gain instead of a negative like in the low band.
For the high band. I will use a threshold of around -10db, a ratio of 2:1, very short attack time (below 10ms), short release time (below 50ms) and gain around 4db (depending on how loud your mix is already)
Now add an EQ to boost certain frequencies. Now I would boost the high-end frequencies around 10-15kHz, but try it out on your mix and see what sounds the best. We use an EQ to add a bit of brightness to the whole mix.
Finally, we add a limiter, (Fruity Limiter) this is for maximizing the volume of the track without causing distortion. The settings of your limiter relies on your mix up to now.
The last step, once you are happy how your track sounds, export the track to Wav (just as you saw at Step 1).
I can’t stress enough the importance that these are just some of the methods that work best for me in the audio mastering process for my tracks. Every track is different so feel free to experiment with all the settings. The best way to get a clean professional sounding track is to start from a good mix!
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