Chapter 18. 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 before the recording is made into a finished manufactured product. Working with such tools (Figures 18.1 and 18.2), a mastering engineer or experienced user can go about the task of shaping and arranging the various cuts of a project into a final form that can be replicated into a salable product.
Figure 18.1. Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, CA. (Courtesy of Lurssen Mastering, www.lurssenmastering.com.)
Figure 18.2. Emily ...