How to Prepare your tracks for mastering – with The DSP Project
Rupert includes tips on exporting, master bus settings, output levels, dithering, and comparing your audio to similar commercial recordings to help frame your mix.
Mastering, is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source containing the final mix to a data storage device (the master).
Mastering requires critical listening and mastering engineers may need to apply corrective equalization and dynamic enhancement in order to optimise sound.
The source material, ideally at the original resolution, is processed using equalization, compression, limiting, noise reduction and other processes. More tasks, such as editing, pre-gapping, leveling, fading in and out, noise reduction and other signal restoration and enhancement processes can be applied as part of the mastering stage. This step prepares the music for either digital or analog, e.g. vinyl, replication. The source material is put in the proper order, commonly referred to as assembly (or ‘track’) sequencing.
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