EMASTERING - FROM THE SOUND STUDIO TO ONLINE MASTERING

The Online mastering is the last step of Audio post production im Recording studio. The main thing here is to separate the various elements of the audio file that were previously stored in the Mixing were merged, to balance them exactly and to optimize them for playback on different players. Regardless of which end device is available to the listener, the mastering should guarantee the best possible listening experience. The term "e-mastering" means that this work step is carried out with electronic aids, whereby both the work on the home PC and the use of software in the recording studio qualify mastering as e-mastering.

From mastering to e-mastering

The Editing of audio recordings on the PC was of course not always standard in post-production - after the invention of the phonograph by Thomas A. Edison (1878) it took some time before e-mastering became established in the studios. Working with tapes, it turned out that with equalizers and dynamic tools Noise, frequency response, sound quality and volume of the tape could be balanced even more precisely and thus a first form of the mastering was possible.

Today it has become rather rare that Mastering studios purely analogue work - accordingly, e-mastering has become the new standard in mastering. This means that software is always used in some form. Usually these are so-called plugins, the devices from the analog Mastering as software simulate on the computer. This gives the audio engineer more options to create the optimal master and make it available online.

The aim of e-mastering, just like with classic mastering, is to balance the tonal elements of a mix, to optimize playback on all playback devices and media and to process it in such a way that the song sounds as “good” as possible on all devices. When it comes to e-mastering, it's not just frequency response, level and volume that count, but also what's still there Headroom. This is needed to streaming portals to enable the conversion into other playback formats so that the song can also be played on different end devices.

Could we arouse your interest in eMastering?

In addition to the diverse options for audio processing using various plug-ins, you now benefit from the option of ordering the mastering online from the comfort of your own home and being able to fall back on the technology and know-how of experienced e-mastering engineers.