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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.
Every song that's commercially released has what's called an ISRC code, which is short for International Standard Recording Code. It's a unique identifier for each track that lists the country of origin, the registrant, which is usually a label, the year, and the designation code, which is the unique identifier created by the label. This code stays with the audio recording for life of it. Even if it later appears on a compilation, the same ISRC will accompany it. If recording is changed in any way, it requires a new ISRC, but otherwise it will always retain the same ISRC, independent of the company or format it's in.
So how do you get an ISRC code? If you digitally distribute your music through TuneCore or CD Baby, they'll automatically assign one for you. Many replicators will assign ISRCs for you, too, but they'll charge you a fee. With that being said, it's even to register yourself. Go to usisrc.org to register. They'll assign you a three-digit registration number, and you can begin to assign ISRC codes to all your music, it will cost a one-time fee of $75. Just be sure to keep a good list of the numbers and follow the rules which are provided on the site.
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