Audio Mastering Guides And Articles
Audio Mastering is one of the most important stages in music production, as it is the last step in audio engineering before the music reaches the ears of it’s audience. Audio mastering has changed throughout the years, with the coming of new technology, but still remains a very crucial part in producing quality music. The guides and articles below will cover what audio mastering really is, how audio mastering has changed, the importance of audio mastering, and of course how you should go about getting your music professionally mastered or attempting to master your own music.
Articles Written by Leon J. Portelance
Part 1 of 4 in a piece on audio mastering written by Leon J. Portelance. This section of the piece covers what audio mastering is, and explains some of the methods and processes involved in mastering.
Part 2 of 4 in a piece on audio mastering written by Leon J. Portelance. In this section Leon covers whether mastering your own music is the best choice, some of the other options for getting your music mastered and other factors to contemplate in regards to getting your music mastered.
Part 3 of 4 in a piece on audio mastering written by Leon J. Portelance. Choosing the right mastering engineer is an important step as this will be the last stage in processing the audio before it reaches the intended audience. In this article Leon explains some more efficient methods in choosing the right mastering engineer, and some of his personal experience in deciding which engineer to trust with his work.
Part 4 of 4 in a piece on audio mastering written by Leon J. Portelance. Learning the best way to prepare you mix before sending it off to a mastering engineer or mastering studio is crucial in getting the best results. A mastering engineer can’t and won’t fix a bad mix, and you should make sure you take the right steps in finalizing your mix before it reaches the audio mastering process. In this article Leon explains some of the ways you can prepare your mix for the mastering phase.
Articles Written by Barry Gardner
An article about audio mastering and how it’s role has changed in music production. Written by Barry Gardner, Audio Mastering Engineer at SafeandSound.
An article explaining the difference between stereo and stem mastering. Written by Barry Gardner, Audio Mastering Engineer at SafeandSound.
An article that explains why there’s more to audio mastering than just throwing a software plug-in on the master bus in a DAW.