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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 want to distribute your work via online stores, you might want to consider one of the big three distribution services, CD Baby, TuneCore, or ReverbNation. While you may be able to submit your songs to some online stores, others like iTunes require a record label account with a large amount of titles. Plus each online store has different file format requirements, which can cause you to spend a lot of time with file preparation when submission is just a single click away with CD Baby, TuneCore, ReverbNation.
In a nutshell, TuneCore and ReverbNation charge annual fees but don't take a percentage of your sales. CD Baby takes a 9% cut, but doesn't charge an annual fee. And if you want physical distribution only CD Baby and ReverbNation offer that service.
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