Chapter 11

The Inner Game

Mindset Approaches

In this chapter, I explore a professional Mastering Engineer’s focus of thoughts while mastering. I’ve identified eight areas that shed insight into an effective mindset, which I detail next.

Mastering Is Either Effective or Not

A completed mastering project is either effective at enhancing the listening experience, genre-appropriate in its presentation, and well executed, or it isn’t. It either effectively presents The Eleven Qualities of Superb Audio Fidelity introduced in Chapter 2, or it doesn’t (barring recording or mix concerns—it’s worth revising a project that doesn’t thrill the client). I mention this because with experience and more projects successfully mastered, one develops confidence ...

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