What is Audio Mastering?
Audio Mastering is widely understood to be the final editing work of a completed audio production; most of which is available as stereo data. The role of the master audio engineer is to thoroughly concentrate on fine tuning the overall sound of the musical composition to ensure that it has the most optimal sound possible before distribution. This is accomplished by blending the Stereo files together in order to create a homogeneous sounding aesthetic.
Processes vary by chosen medium
Most features of Audio Mastering are purely technical processes that differ depending on the targeted media format. For a CD release, templates are created for the replication process, yet, these steps are not required in the case of a digital download version. However, for a release on vinyl, other things must be taken into consideration in order to suit the media.
Editing & Quality Control
In audio mastering, the use of equalizers is part of the sound correction, as the dynamic processor equalizes the perceived volume of each track. Editing the songs into proper order, setting track markers and setting fades of the tracks are other typical undertakings involved in mastering.
Above all, the mastering engineer should serve as the primary technical quality control, finding sounds such as clicks or distortion and intervening with either audio restoration or by way of direct consultation with the customer.
Refining Indie Productions with Audio Mastering
It seems that with productions created in small project studios, there tends to be several over-emphasized frequency bands in the mix due to a non-optimized acoustic studio or nuances simply not being up to par. By means of Audio Mastering, one is able to counteract such mixing mistakes.
Catering to independent productions with special attention and a „fresh ear“; the experience and trustworthiness of an audio master engineer brings forth outstanding possibilities in regards to improving quality control.