Chapter 7

Step III

The Mastering Game Plan

After heeding the information and impressions informed by objective and subjective assessments, Step III is creating and executing a game plan or approach for mastering the song or project. This includes selecting: the sampling frequency and bit depth for mastered audio in the RDAW, the mastering equipment and its sequence in the signal path to achieve the desired sonic result, and beginning with the best sounding mix for the project. Additionally, The Mastering Game Plan follows four sequential work priorities: 1) Gain Structure, 2) Compression/Limiting, 3) EQ, and 4) Capture. Once this approach is firmly grasped, advanced mastering techniques may be integrated into the sequence. Each mix in the project ...

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