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Mixing, Recording, and Producing Techniques of the Pros, Second Edition by Rick Clark

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Chapter 16. Mastering

Mastering

Left column top to bottom: Andy Leftwich at House of David Studio (photo by Kate Hearne) / Allen Sides at Ocean Way Recording (photo courtesy of Ocean Way Recording). Right column top to bottom: Mark Evans (photo courtesy of Mark Evans) / Kirby Shelstad (photo by Rick Clark) / Big Star’s Jody Stephens (photo courtesy of Ardent Recording, John Fry).

Mastering is the final refinement that helps give a finished recording the best sound it can have. A good mastering job can make a well-engineered recording sound perfect on the radio and audiophile systems. Listen to Dire Straits, Steely Dan, Sting, U2, or any number of classic releases ...

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