Chapter 14Preparing for Mastering

A Good Relationship


Mastering is the last creative step in the music production process. It’s a task you preferably want to entrust to a specialized engineer. Someone who listens to your work with an unbiased ear, in a room with ruthlessly good acoustics and monitoring, and who will make the final corrections in the frequency balance, dynamics and stereo image. But before you upload your mix to a mastering engineer, it’s useful to consider what you can expect from him or her.

In short, the goal of mastering is to optimize the mix for the intended audience. This target audience is often very broad, in which case mastering is aimed at creating a sound that works on the radio, on earbuds and on a PA. But sometimes ...

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