Mastering Music

Mastering music: What does it entail?

Mastering music and mixing music are two distinct processes in creating a song. When an engineer mixes music, they edit individual elements and merge them into a cohesive whole. Mastering music is the process performed after mixing. Music mastering involves optimizing the existing stereo mix. The result of the combined elements is adjusted in various ways to ensure a particular song fits well with the rest of the album. Additionally, during mastering, a song is optimized to have optimal sound quality in various situations, from high-end speakers to inexpensive headphones, and from CDs to radio broadcasts. It’s common for songs to be mastered for specific purposes, such as optimizing them for platforms like Spotify.

Mastering music: How does it work?

When you hire an engineer to master your music, the ultimate goal is to translate a good mix into a truly professional track. Before mastering, a mix often sounds less stereo, soft, and dull compared to other tracks. By leveraging the engineer’s expertise on your mix, the desired result is achieved through the right adjustments. The engineer listens attentively to different elements, brings out the atmosphere of the track, and assesses the possibilities. Based on these conclusions, the engineer performs optimal audio mastering, ensuring your song can be enjoyed at a high level on every medium, from Spotify to iTunes, and from CD to vinyl. Audio mastering is more complex than it may seem, involving tasks like correcting, editing, audio analysis, PQ coding, track leveling, equalization, stereo imaging, and more. Want your track mastered? Contact us through the online form to discuss the possibilities!