Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding MP3 metadata, part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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An MP3 file contains not only the actual audio, but also information about that song called metadata.…You can think of metadata as a small database associated with each song, within that database,…there are tags that identify that Song's Name, the Artist, Album, Musical Genre, Release Year, and a lot more.…Obviously those tags tell more about the file than a file name ever could.…You can have an MP3 called jjbr#$.mp3, but as long as it has accurate tags your iPod…will identify it as Electrolux by SNEW of the What's It To Ya Album.…
The most common metadata fields added to MP3 files are the track title, the artist that…recorded that track, which album the track belongs to, the track number from the album,…the year that the track was published, the genre of the track like speech or rock or…pop, additional notes about the track, a copyright notice by the copyright holder and a thumbnail…of the album art or artist.…In addition of these common fields other data can be included, such as web addresses, composer,…
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