Mastering Chain



I was wondering if there was a "better way" to process your final mixes in terms of dither and resampling, if necessary.

I assumed,

1. Highest quality final mix.
2. Limiter, master effects etc.
3. Dither to 16-bit.
4. Downsample to CD Sample Rate from 48khz to 44.1khz

Is this a rule or does it matter.

Presumably, you want to process your final mix at the highest resolution and then do any destructive sound quality reduction like dither or resampling last.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

Scott Griffin

Originally posted by Michael Fossenkemper:
Personally I would leave dither til the end.
I concur. SRC, then dither. Noise shaping will take care of your dithering errors - but a naked SRC right at the end puts you at risk for HF artifacts.