WHAT IS MASTERING?
Mastering is the final stage in the audio production process. More often than not, it is a necessary step to provide the final song or album production that "polished" sound and optimizes the playback experience of a song across all media formats and playback systems distributed in the form of vinyl, CD's, streaming services like Spotify and Soundcloud or even video streaming services like YouTube. Ultimately creating a consistent and cohesive listening experience in all your music. This can be achieved by adding colors and clarity to your tracks.
No one likes a disjointed and inconsistent sounding song or album as it distracts the listeners from having the best experience. Mastering provides the final quality check and improving minor deficiencies ensuring that your audio will sound its best across all platforms. Especially if your songs were recording or mixed in a less than ideal environment due to budget or situational constraints.
Think of Mastering as putting the final coat of wax on your car after a great carwash enhancing it with a beautiful mirror shine. As the great mastering engineer puts it, "It's a bit like photography, you can make the sky bluer, the greens greener."
Mastering can help improve your tracks by leaps and bounds or pushing a great track for that final 5% of perfection. In the capable hands of a mastering engineer, your track should sounds complete, clear, professional and well balanced. Never settle for anything less, even if you're releasing the track as a free download, your music deserves the best care and vision it can get. Don't let the expression of your art be limited and release your work with great confidence knowing it will sound perfect.
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