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Secrets of Recording by Lorne Bregitzer

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INTRODUCTION TO MASTERING

What is mastering?

Mastering is the last phase of the recording process. It is also the phase that is most often shrouded in mystery. Many inexperienced clients may not even know that mastering a recording is required. They may ask you why the rough mixes or mixes do not sound loud enough in the car. As an engineer, you will have to educate your clients as to what the mastering process entails. In summary, mastering takes your mixes, compresses, equalizes, and digitally limits the stereo two-track mix. The purpose of mastering is to make the mixes come alive when played back over ordinary speakers or on the radio.

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