What is Audio Mastering? – Part One

Hello Guys & Women, My title is Oscar Gaona and I’m a Mastering Engineers at studios 301, Sydney Australia, and over time we have been ask a lot of instances these very questions.

– What Is Mastering?

– Why Do I Want To Grasp My Mixes?

– Will The Mastering Course of Assist My Music?

Let me begin with “What is Mastering” and this can assist reply the following two questions. The Mastering Course of has modified so much over time due to the advances in know-how & computer systems. Historically the Mastering course of was solely a switch stage. As soon as all of the songs had been recorded & combined to the artist, combine engineer & producer’s liking, solely then was the mastering engineer introduced into the image and his or her job was to ensure all of the songs (mixes) stayed true to the musical fashion & constant by means of out the Album, or now days CD’s, on any play again medium. Now days the Mastering course of can contain Stem mixing, including sound FX, multi-monitor enhancing and even the occasional overdub recording. Sure mastering has come a good distance however the fundamentals stay the identical, this is as a result of it is nonetheless the final stage within the music making course of earlier than it goes to manufacturing and the CD’s are made and which means it is the final likelihood to make any adjustments earlier than your CD’s are pressed and the general public will get to listen to it.

So, what is Mastering? Firstly let me clarify why consistence on a CD is so vital earlier than I get into the way it’s achieved and why it’s a necessity. As an engineer it is crucial to maintain the listener in thoughts, as a result of on the finish of the day it is the listener that may resolve if the music is value listening too and in the end if it is value paying for. The very last thing all of us need as listeners, and followers of music, is to pay good cash for a CD solely to be disenchanted by the expertise as a result of some songs on the CD are too loud or too delicate in degree compared to the opposite songs on the CD. One other instance is if a few of the songs are to vibrant (to a lot excessive frequencies) or to muffled (not sufficient excessive frequencies or an excessive amount of low frequencies). I am positive you have skilled this at some stage, this is what you’ll name a poorly mastered CD as a result of the entire listening expertise is interpreted by contently adjusting the quantity degree on the stereo, as a substitute of kicking again and having fun with the music.

Consistency on an album/CD is essential to the listeners enjoyment and therefore the success of the CD/Album. You are in all probability questioning why the blending engineer is not accountable for this and the easy reply is, It is not the blending engineers fault or job to fret about this. Of trigger a fantastic mixing engineer will at all times preserve the large image in thoughts however on the finish of the day the blending engineer’s job is to get a fantastic steadiness of all of the devices and the results and this is time consuming sufficient. Additionally there are variables which can be out of blending engineers palms, for instance there could be multiple mixing engineer engaged on an album they usually would possibly even be working in numerous studios, this can routinely give the songs a unique sound. One more reason is the songs might need been recorded & combined over a protracted time frame over many months and even years, in numerous studios with totally different tools. This may also give the mixes a unique tonal sound together with totally different combine ranges. This is a really normal and easy clarification however hopefully it is defined why the consistency of ALL the mixes on a CD is vital and why the mastering course of is carried out after the blending stage is completed.

Thanks to your time and I hope all this data helps you turn out to be a greater musician, engineer and producer. Keep tuned for Part two, till subsequent time I want you a lot success along with your music and do not forget to have enjoyable, it is crucial to your well being!