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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.
Just as the Mastered for iTunes Droplet tool made encoding to AAC easier, the Audio to WAVE Droplet makes converting an AAC file back to WAVE easy as well. You can find it in your Applications/Utilities folder after the iTunes mastering tools have been installed. Once again, I put it on the Desktop for easy access. Not only does it work with the AAC file format, but it also works with any audio files that are natively supported on Mac OS X, such as MPEG or CAF files. To use the Audio to WAVE Droplet, drag and drop audio source files or folders containing those files onto the Droplet.
The Droplet will then convert those files to WAVE format files. The newly created WAVE files will be named using the names of their corresponding source files and will be placed in the same folder.
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