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Mastering audio is the final stage in music production, where the final set of mixed songs are turned into a cohesive album through a variety of processes that make the music sound the best it can, wherever it's played. Join author and producer Bobby Owsinski in this course, as he teaches essential mastering concepts and techniques used by experienced audio engineers. Follow along as he works at Oasis Mastering, a real-world mastering facility, and learn how to apply these techniques to your home or studio setup and make your projects sound better than ever.
First, discover how to configure your monitoring setup, optimize your listening environment, and prepare and print alternative mixes that will allow you to make quick fixes during mastering. Bobby then reviews a selection of dedicated mastering tools that give you precise control over select signal parameters, from compressors to de-essers. He'll discuss the differences between mastering for CD, online distribution, and specifically for iTunes, and how to achieve the best results for each medium. The course wraps with lessons on mastering for high-resolution formats like Blu-ray, as well as delivering and archiving the master recording once the project is complete.
Someone once said that the difference between an amateur and a pro is that a pro has a backup, and nothing could be more true. Even though you may have given the client a final signed-off master, it's always a good idea to archive the project in case you have to do some fixes, or a piece of it's needed in the future. While normal backups are done to hard drives, flash drives, or in the cloud, long-term archiving requires a different strategy. Essentially, there are two different backups that are required, the master, which is a copy of all the master formats that were requested for the project, including CD, MP3, DDP, or high-res files.
The master session contains the DAW session, as well as all the original source files. Usually the archive will live locally on a hard drive or optical disk in your files, Be sure to keep a copy off-site for true file security.
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