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.

Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, CA. (Courtesy of Lurssen Mastering, www.lurssenmastering.com.)

Figure 18.1. Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, CA. (Courtesy of Lurssen Mastering, www.lurssenmastering.com.)

Figure 18.2. Emily ...

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