Chapter 1

The Mastering Engineer


In this chapter, I will identify and explore The Ten Competencies of a Mastering Engineer. This represents a bird’s-eye view for those seeking a greater understanding of or considering a career in audio mastering, or a checklist for established or practicing Mastering Engineers. Broadly speaking, audio mastering represents a discipline that requires sophisticated listening abilities, familiarity with musical genres, technological acumen, and an awareness of musicianship. More specifically, a dedicated and effective Mastering Engineer must understand, practice, and execute a set of component skills that constitute the greater discipline of audio mastering. The array of these skills is expansive but ...

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