Mastering music is the final aspect of audio production, occurring in the post production stage and can do so much to bring out the full but hidden potential of your music. A lot of artists do not understand the point of mastering music or don’t fully understand what is involved in it, so in this article we are going to talk about why you should be interested in mastering music.
First off, mastering music ensures that every track which make up your album are all on the same volume level with one another. This is a problem with unmastered audio because when songs are recorded, they are often done so in different settings with different setups. Some songs with less tracks which make up those songs will be quieter overall than a song with lots of tracks which were recorded possibly with more gain.
Ultimately the mastering engineer ensures that each of these songs are on the same volume level with one another so that they place flawlessly next to one another on your record with no noticeable jumps or drops in volume.
Secondly and in the same vein, mastering music boosts the volume of the entire record to be on point with the standards of the music industry. This is the most misunderstood aspect of mastering because most people assume that this is all that the process is, just making the music louder.
The truth is, music which is recorded in less than ideal conditions sounds better louder than it does quieter as you can more clearly hear the dynamics, and a lot of low quality engineers don’t enhance the audio but simply boost the volume to give the impression of improving the audio. Some of them even advertise this point exclusively to their unwitting audience of artists who don’t know any better, but the true purpose of mastering music is my next point.
The most important point of mastering music is to make it sound better, and in the hands of an engineer who really knows what they are doing, it sounds a lot better. If you knew the difference then you would never even think about releasing your music to your fans before a quality mastering job. This difference is accomplished through the artful application of effects and plugins such as eq which breaks the audio spectrum into more specific bands or ranges for better editing to supplement the mix where necessary and compression and limiters to address clipping and to give the track more unity overall.
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