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CHAPTER 1

Introduction

In this chapter

1.1 An introduction to Mastering
1.2 The role of this book
1.3 Can I master in [insert your DAW name here]?
Knowledgebase
1.4 The history and development of mastering
1.5 The early days
1.6 Cutting and the need for control
1.7 Creative mastering
1.8 The CD age

1.1  An introduction to Mastering

Compared to all other parts of the production process, mastering is surrounded by the greatest amount of miscomprehension and mystery. ‘What makes a finished master sound like a “record”?’ ‘How do professional mastering engineers create such loud masters?’ and ‘Can mastering really turn my lackluster ...

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