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Mastering is the final creative process in the production of a piece of music.
The song is written, recorded, mixed and finally mastered. The mastering engineers job is to provide an objective view on the sound of a piece of music and make an experienced decision on what processing can be done, if any, to improve the quality of the sound, as well as preparing the tracks for their intended medium (a CD album for instance.)
Basically, if the recording is capturing all the tracks together to make a song, and the mixing stage is to align those tracks together through processing to make the song as good as possible, then mastering is adding that extra 10% of polish on top.
However, the mastering process can be a little intimidating. Understanding the meters and knowing what plug-ins to use can be scary so I’ve put together a few posts to help you overcome that anxiety.
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Here are some great home mastering resources for leveling up your mixes and creating great records
Learn how to master 100% in the box with Ian Vargo, professional mastering engineer from Los AngelesVisit Website
Learn the voodoo magic behind multi-band compression with this great course from Jedi Master Ian ShepherdVisit Website
EQ can make or break your mastering. Learn how to effectively use EQ to master your mixes in your home studioVisit Website