Audio mastering is more than just boosting volumes or even putting together a completed album file to be sent off and replicated. The most important part of mastering is certainly the aspect of enhancing and improving the audio itself as much as possible.
All throughout the music production process you are working to create the best sounding record possible. After you have chosen your guitar sounds and recorded the various tracks which make up your songs and even going through the process of mixing them, there is still work to be done in the mastering stage.
Through the artful and effective implementation of effects like reverb you can bring out the full and true potential of a song as a last step before releasing it to your listeners. You can think of mastering as a kind of final quality assurance in a number of ways but it can be expensive depending on the engineer you go with to have it done professionally.
Some engineers charge upwards of over $50 for a single song which can really break the bank when you’re putting together a 10 or 12 songwriter. For all of this, I’ve put together my own audio mastering tutorial which you can use to achieve and realize the ceiling of potential in your own music.
I mentioned EQ in opening. Equalization analog or digital of fact which separates the full audio spectrum of your song into different bands of frequency. Most commonly you’ll find either a three or four band equalizer which break your music up into low mid and high ranges which you can then tweak further to improve the sound and diminishing or boosting the presence of each one of those bands.
Tweaking different bands will yield different results. For instance, boosting the low end will give your record a figure based year town. On the other end you can boost the high frequency to get a cleaner sound but if you abuse it and go too far in that direction than you’ll find the music will get to tinny and certain vowels and the vocals will have too much sibilance.
You can boost ranges to make up for voice which existed in the recording stage and compensate when something was lacking. On the other hand if something is straining the mix, you can diminish its influence just as easily by dropping that band in the area that you want.
Other effects can be used like reverb to give your song more atmosphere and add a bit of gloss to record which sounds too flat. Compressors can be used to limit the threshold of your audio when necessary, as well. Most of these effects are readily available in most digital audio workstations and there are number of free digital audio workstations available for download online. To simply upload the file for your song which you want to edit and master into your digital audio workstation and add these effects accordingly.
One final word of advice is that you should always upload the best quality files as possible before editing. As an example is much more preferable to upload a wave file of the song over an MP3 or other compressed file type which sacrifices quality for a smaller file size.
Remember that not all mastering studios will break your bank. Music Guy Mastering is currently offering a five dollar special on individual tracks. You need to hear the quality on your own music to believe it for yourself so receive your free test master right now by uploading one of your own songs and hearing the music guy mastering difference today by clicking on this link.