Introduction

Mastering Defined

Mastering is the process of optimizing audio to create the definitive final version of a recording. It represents the critical last step in the recording process before replication at a plant or distribution to the consumer. A master is used to create compact discs, vinyl cutting masters, and digital files for streaming or download. Additionally, mastering represents a discipline that requires a unique intersection of both creative and technical skills. An excellent Mastering Engineer possesses a rare intersection of musical knowledge, technical acumen, and recording expertise. They are sought after and relied upon to tastefully enhance—or judiciously leave alone—final mixes. Ideally, the result will present the ...

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