AUDIO MASTERING - REFINEMENT OF SOUND MATERIALWhat is audio mastering? audio mastering or just Mastering called, is the last step in the post-production or audio processing or refining of audio material after mixing your tracks. The aim of mastering audio material is to create a balanced frequency response in all frequencies so that the song or track can be played on many playback sources sounds as good as possible. Individual frequencies, dynamics, loudness and energy distribution in the track or song must be taken into account here. An appreciation of the existing sound material is often, after mixing, he wishes. In many cases, it is not only the task of the Mastering Engineers to make the song as compatible as possible with the various playback devices in the recording studio, but also mistakes in the mix to reduce as much as possible and a good one stereo image to accomplish. In the Music production is it common practice that mix or that mixing, and the mastering are separated and each one different our recording studio is used, which specializes in the challenges of the individual sub-areas within music production. So find yourself more and more providers for the so-called Online mixing services or online mastering. The song is edited online by a mixing engineer and sent digitally to the artist for approval.
WHAT IS PROCESSED IN AUDIO MASTERING?Audio mastering typically involves the following steps:
- Stereo image optimization: The stereo image of the piece of music is optimized in order to create the most three-dimensional soundscape possible.
- Correction of frequency imbalances: The frequencies in the piece of music are optimized to achieve a balanced sound.
- Volume optimization: The volume of the piece of music is optimized to make it sound as good as possible for different playback systems.
- Limiting and Compression: Limiting and compression are used to optimize the dynamics of the piece of music and make it louder without clipping.
- Metadata: Finally, metadata such as the title of the song and the name of the artist are added to prepare the song for release.
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