What Is Music Mastering?
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What Is Music Mastering?

Your favourite song comes on your car radio. You start singing along. It makes you happy. What you don’t know is there were many steps that lead to those two minutes of harmonious perfection. Music mastering is one of the procedures that bring all of our tunes together to create melodious memories.

What exactly is music mastering and is it really necessary? Music mastering is a combination of procedures that are performed on an audio recording to bring it to a more polished and professional place. Many recordings sound good, but when an engineer who has a background in music mastering applies his expertise to the recording, it can be the difference between night and day.

While there are software programs and tools that help to implement some of these procedures, there is still an element that is dependent on the human factor. The engineer must have a good ear and an attention to detail in order to arrive at just the right levels of equalization (EQ) and optimized sound levels.

When it comes to putting together a complete CD, each song has usually been recorded at different times and with different base, recording times, level of sound, and any other factors that go into recording a song. Music mastering unifies all of the songs to make them one cohesive album of music that best showcases the talents of the musician.

Music mastering has been likened to using Photoshop software to clean up and perfect photographs. You can have a good photograph but when you take out the red in the eyes, give the key person a smooth unblemished complexion, and correct any other imperfections that are evident, you have moved from a good photograph to a great one. This is the same premise that is behind music mastering.

Some people feel that they can perform their own music mastering while others feel that only a professional engineer who has a background in mastering can bring about the most refined product. When a musical engineer applies his keen ear to the CD he is listening to he is hearing it differently than a regular person would. He is looking for the details that he can tweak that will turn this audio recording into a seamless musical masterpiece.

Of course if you have the time to spend trying to learn how to master your recordings that is certainly an option. But many people would rather put the recording that they have worked so hard on into the hands of someone who already knows what to look for.

An expert engineer knows how to pick up a tune that may need a little something extra. He will also make sure that the volumes of all the songs on the track are consistent so that one song does not start out louder than the last tune. Applying the right amount of time when a song ends and the next begins is a learned art. The next time you listen to your favourite song you may appreciate the efforts that music mastering played in making it sound so great.

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