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Complete Audio Mastering: Practical Techniques by Gebre E. Waddell

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CHAPTER 12Preparing the Final Output

The mastering role is nearly complete. It’s time to put the recordings in their final format, ready for delivery to the client. These formats include CD, WAV, MP3, and a few others. You should take great care in accomplishing this final step because you are creating something that will be used for manufacturing or distribution. Ultimately, the result of this step will shape the client’s perception of your mastering services.

Providing Client a Preview for Approval

Clients will need to listen to the final master for approval. MP3, WAV, DDP, or reference CDs can be used for this purpose.

Mastering studios will often send a WAV file to clients for approval. However, using WAV files does not allow previewing of ...

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