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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.
If you're not mastering your songs yourself and instead are taking or sending your tracks to someone else to master, you'll make it easier on yourself and your mastering person if everything is well documented, and you'll save some money too. The biggest thing is to be prepared. If you're making a CD or vinyl record make sure that all of your song sequencing is complete before you get there. Be sure to include any FTP or shipping instructions to send your master to a replicator. Make sure to include any ISRC and UPC codes, we'll go over both in depth in some later movies.
Finally, make sure that all files are properly ID'd for easy identification, including alternative mixes especially if you're not there during the session. Having the right documentation can make your mastering session go a lot faster, which can be important especially when you're trying to make a release state, all it takes is a little bit of forethought and preparation.
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