CHAPTER20

Mastering the Final Mix

In This Chapter

  • Learning how mastering works—and how it differs from mixing
  • How to know when your mix is ready for mastering
  • Getting your mix ready for mastering
  • Applying EQ and effects to create the perfect master
  • Other options for mastering your recording

You’ve gathered all your recorded tracks and mixed them together. You’ve edited the tracks; set levels and panning; and applied EQ, reverb, compression, and other effects. What you have now is a perfect mix.

But that’s not the end. When the mix is final, it’s time to move on to the very last part of the recording process: mastering. During mastering, you ...

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