Chapter 13

Detailed Guidelines for Processing Audio

Select Converters and Signal Path

It’s important for a professional Mastering Engineer to research, select, and implement AD and DA converters for their studio. Budget permitting, they may keep an alternate set of converters, especially AD converters, for different audio dimensionality, overall sound quality or other features. As presented in Chapter 3—The Anatomy of a Professional Mastering Studio and The Three Zone Mastering System (see Figure 3.9), the basic structure of a two-DAW mastering system includes a PBDAW and an RDAW, each with an I/O sound card or audio interface allowing for Audio Engineering Society (AES)1 standard digital audio transmission at the output/input of each DAW. ...

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