What is Mastering?
Mastering is the final step in audio post-production. The purpose of mastering is to balance the sound elements of a stereo mix and optimize playback through all multimedia systems and formats. Traditionally, mastering is done using equalization, compression, limiter and stereo reinforcement tools.
We think of mastering as a glue, a finalization that optimizes the quality of reproduction on all devices – from the iPhone speakers to a powerful club system. Mastering unites the gap between artist and consumer. The term itself derives from the idea of a master copy. All copies or duplicates of the audio come from the master. These copies can be distributed in multiple physical formats such as vinyl, cd and/or streaming services such as Spotify, iTunes, SoundCloud and more. Furthermore the mastering allows the correction of hisses, clicks or small errors lost in the final mix and also guarantees the uniformity and coherence of the sound between multiple tracks in an album. Ultimately, what mastering does is to create a clean and coherent feeling throughout your audio.
The mastering’s goal is to ensure that your audio will sound as good as possible on all platforms. Music has never been played in multiple formats and devices like today. Even if you are recording and mixing in a million dollar studio, or recording in less than ideal conditions, you still need the final quality control of the mastering. This guarantees that your track(s) will be heard optimally.
With over ten years of experience in the music-biz, (like musician first and producer later) now I am able to provide this skill, helping you to achieve the best sound quality of your track prior to release.
Interested in having your track fully mastered by a professional producer and ready to be submit to the label of your dreams?
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