Tips on stem mastering in the DAW with Wired Masters

How to use stem mastering to add punch, substance and grit to your kick and bass tracks.

In the third episode of our four-part mini-series, Cass Irvine of Wired Masters opens a remix of OneRepublic’s Apologize and demonstrates how he adds punch to kick drums and how he fills out the low end on thin-sounding basses.

These processes are possible thanks to stem mastering. A process that’s part mixing, part mastering, stem mastering allows a greater degree of control for mastering engineers. The process of working with stems can also be useful when mixing, forcing you to not get lost in the details but take in the bigger picture instead.

Read our full interview with Cass here.