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Modern Recording Techniques, 9th Edition by Robert E. Runstein, David Miles Huber

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CHAPTER 20 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, 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 (Figures 20.1 and 20.2).

In past decades, when vinyl records ruled the airwaves and spun on everyone’s sound system, the art of transferring high-quality sound from a master tape to a vinyl record was as much of (if not more ...

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