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What is Music Production? by Craig Golding, Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

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CHAPTER D-3The Mastering Session

“Mastering is the skill of modifying the sound of a mix to give the best reproduction possible via its delivery format (CD, vinyl, et cetera) and the service to produce the final master(s) from which all the manufactured copies will be made. It is also the last opportunity for any artistic input by those involved in the production, so the mastering engineer should be sympathetic to the sonic quality that the producer and artist wish to achieve. Processing may be required for a variety of reasons: Mixes may have been made in a poor acoustic environment or with substandard monitoring; optimum use may not have been made of the studio equipment and occasionally recordings have been poorly engineered. The fun part ...

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