Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Submitting music to online song databases, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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There are a number of online databases that store album information that is accessed by…such programs as iTunes, Windows Media Player, and Winamp to display album and song info on computers.…Perhaps the best known is CDDB or Compact Disc Database, which is a database that allows…a music player application to look up audio CD information over the Internet, which then…displays the Artist name, CD title, track list, and some additional information.…CDDB is a licensed trademark of Gracenote Incorporated.…
The information in a database like CDDB is linked to CDs that have had CD text embedded…in the masters by their mastering engineers. And that info appears on the manufactured CDs.…The artist is totally responsible for all information for the CD text and the mastering…engineer simply inserts the information that the client provides for the text.…There are other online databases besides CDDB, including Muse, freeDB, and MusicBrainz, and…although the CD identification process used by these databases may differ from the original…
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