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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.
There are two ways to deliver your master to a disk replication facility: audio CD, or DDP file. While audio CDs work for this purpose, they are far from ideal, no matter how good the media and the burner are, there are still going to be a number of errors in the data. That's not the case with Disc Description Protocol, or DDP files, however. DDPs are delivered as data on a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, Exabyte tape, or transmitted via FTP and are the industry-standard method for audio delivery files for replication.
The error correction implied by Disc Description Protocol is designed to be more robust than that of an audio CD. It ensures that the audio master received by the replicator will have as few errors as possible in the data.
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