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Mastering Tips – What is Mastering and Why Should I Care?

MasteringMastering is the combined science and art of taking a finished mix and tweaking it in ways that can range from adding a professional polish to really taking the mix to a whole new level. Sometimes the before and afters can be quite dramatic and what you thought sounded great before can tend to now seem somewhat flat and lifeless.

As Paul White from Sound on Sound magazine put it, "What many people don't realize is just how great a difference is made to commercial records at the mastering stage. Prior to mastering, you might be surprised at just how ordinary some mixes sound. "

The main mastering tools are compression, EQ and limiting and because of this there is something that you need to be very aware of when mastering and that is that these tools will raise the overall apparent volume of the mix and this alone can make the mix suddenly "sound better".  It is important to be able to switch effects in and out in such a way that you don't get fooled by this artificial improvement caused just by raising the volume.

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