what exactly is mastering

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by protestpoet, Dec 29, 2001.

  1. protestpoet

    protestpoet Guest

    i own a small 16 track digital studio, after recording and mixing i send my projects to one recording studio for mastering, what i would kindly want to know is what exactly is involved in mastering, what happens in a mastering studio that one cant do in a simple recording studio, i would also want to know what basic equipment is required for mastering as i hope to go into that field when i acquire the right knowledge. i thank you as i await your response
  2. brad

    brad Guest

  3. Masternfool

    Masternfool Active Member

    Dec 3, 2001
    Brad is correct, just to add..You can do mastering in the studio it was recorded but it is difficult. You need a new pair of ears,different monitor environment, and generally a mastering engineer is listening (and looking) for different things. Kinda vague I know.Some things I've done are.. noise reduction,reverb,fadeouts,fadeins,crossfades,edit verses,swap verses,make 8 minute songs 3 minute songs,overall levels,independent levels,compression,limiting,multi-band comp/limt.
    speed songs up,slow songs down-with pitch and without pitch correction.etc..It's whatever the tracks need to sound professional. Hope this helps...
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