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(Royal Ideas for Songwriters, DIY Recordists and Musicians)
By Mark Bacino
you’re planning to send your music out into the world (iTunes,
Spotify, CDs, etc), you’ll want to offer your material the benefits
and the competitive edge that mastering can provide. As mastering is
very much a specialized process, this is where veering off the DIY path
is definitely a smart move. Do some research, find a qualified, professional
mastering engineer in your city who has done work you like and put your
music in their capable and experienced hands.
are some thoughts on what pro mastering brings to the sonic party:
The basics. A professional mastering engineer’s main function
is to sonically enhance/improve and (when needed) repair your tracks
through the use of precision monitoring, EQ, compression and noise removal
techniques. A good mastering engineer will always strive to do as little
as possible to your music, intervening only when necessary.
While working to enhance your tracks, the mastering engineer will also
look to improve the sonic compatibility/versatility of your songs, so
that your music will sound its best whether listened to via a high-end
stereo system or a pair of earbuds.
Another function of the mastering process is to increase the average
volume level of your tracks while still retaining your music’s
inherent dynamics. A good mastering engineer will achieve all through
the judicious use of compression/limiting. When done correctly, dynamics
will remain intact and your tracks will be comparable in volume to most
commercially released songs. When done incorrectly, your tracks can
sound overly loud, small and crunchy with little to no dynamics present
(i.e. the gentle parts of your songs will sound as if they’re
at the same volume level as the energetic sections). Be sure to discuss
loudness vs. dynamics balance with your mastering engineer at the top
of your session.
When mastering an album of material (as opposed to a single track),
it’s the mastering engineer’s job to compile and sequence
the songs. With guidance from either the artist or the producer, the
engineer will put the album tracks in running order, create the spacing
between songs and make sure the volume level from track to track stays
In the final stage of the mastering process, the engineer will create
a production master (usually a Red
Book CD-R) that will contain your newly polished, “mastered”
tracks. This master is what will later be used as the source for the
creation of end-user products (MP3 files, CDs, etc).
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