Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video The Mastered for iTunes format, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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Mastered for iTunes is a program that Apple introduced in 2012, where the iTunes Store…accepts high-resolution master files and provides higher-quality AAC encodes as a result.…Music files that are supplied at 96 kilohertz/24-bit will have Mastered for iTunes icon placed…beside them to identify them as such.…Although any sample rate that's 24-bit file will be considered.…Mastered for iTunes does not mean that a mixer, producer, or mastering facility does anything…special to the master except to check for what it will sound like before it's submitted…to iTunes and then check it later again before it's posted in the iTunes Store.…
All encoding for iTunes will be done by Apple, not by the mastering house, record label, or artist.…The reason for this is to keep the encodes consistent and to prevent anyone from gaming…the system by hacking the Encoder.…This also avoids any potential legal problems that might occur when a mixer, producer,…or mastering house sends the files directly to iTunes without the label's permission or uses different submission specs.…
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.
- What is mastering?
- Preparing your tracks for mastering
- Deciding between monitors and headphones
- Exploring the dynamic range of different music genres
- Adjusting song balances
- Compressing the tracks
- Balancing frequency
- Reducing sibilance with a de-esser
- Inserting fades
- Eliminating noise
- Mastering CDs, MP3s, and AACs for iTunes
- Archiving masters