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Modern Recording Techniques, 6th Edition by Robert E. Runstein, David Miles Huber

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CHAPTER 16

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Mastering

The mastering process is an art form that uses specialized, high-quality audio gear in conjunction with one or more sets of critical ears to help the artist, producer, and/or record label attain a particular “sound” and “feel” for the finished manufactured product. Working with such tools (Figures 16.1 and 16.2), a mastering engineer or experienced user can go about the task of ordering and shaping the various cuts of a project into a final form that can be replicated into a salable product.

In past decades, when vinyl records ruled the airwaves and spun on everyone’s sound system, the art of transferring high-quality sound ...

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