What’s The Deal With Mastering: From CDBaby

 
       
 
Jul 17, 2017, 07:44 AM

More technical advice from http://www.cdbaby.com

Gary,

We often hear that musicians aren’t familiar with mastering, and we want to help shed light on this important step in your music creation process.

Mastering is the final step before releasing your track - it gives consistent sound on a wide range of speakers and headphones.

But what does it DO to your sound?

  Stereo Enhancement makes your mix sound bigger. Also, it tightens the low-end.
  EQing corrects any spectral imbalances and enhances elements that need to stand out.
  Compression makes sure the loud parts aren’t too loud, and the quiet parts are loud enough. It gives your sound better uniformity and feel.
  Limiting makes the track competitively loud without allowing any clipping that can lead to distortion. Your music needs to be loud to stand out.


So, why doesn’t everyone master?
Everyone should master, but until a few years ago, the only way to master was to pay an audio engineer $100+ per track. Or do it yourself.

Today, LANDR Instant Mastering makes it easy and affordable to get great sounding masters.

Try LANDR for yourself using 2 free 16-bit WAV masters.

Hit the button below to master your tracks! (I didn’t copy the button. Go to http://www.cdbaby.com to check it out.)

There will always be another song to be written. Someone will write it. Why not you? http://www.garyeandrews.com

 
     
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Gary E. Andrews Joined Apr 12, 2005
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Jul 17, 2017, 08:42 AM

If you are willing to spend money on a master-software, Izotopes Ozone would be an affordable choice… better then landry…

[ Edited: 18 July 2017 01:57 AM by Martin G]

...every once in a while, I get in the mood or so…and start to play..

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Martin G Joined May 27, 2009
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Jul 17, 2017, 10:20 AM

Ah, but Martin, then you would need to know what you are doing :)

 
     
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Gavin Sinclair Joined Dec 02, 2014
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Jul 17, 2017, 11:08 AM

Hmmm…. Ozone offers two versions. A pro version, for people who know what they are doin (not me) and an “element” version with only pre-sets. For people who don’t know what they are doing (like me)...

[ Edited: 18 July 2017 01:57 AM by Martin G]

...every once in a while, I get in the mood or so…and start to play..

http://www.songcycle.org

 
     
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Martin G Joined May 27, 2009
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Jul 17, 2017, 07:36 PM

Martin, I checked out the Ozone site and the Element version does look interesting. I might give it a try (there is a free trial) and see if it’s something I can work with.

 
     
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Jul 18, 2017, 02:02 AM
Gavin Sinclair - 17 July 2017 07:36 PM

Martin, I checked out the Ozone site and the Element version does look interesting. I might give it a try (there is a free trial) and see if it’s something I can work with.

Yeah, Izotope offers fully workable trial´s on all of their products. They even recommand to use the trial version first, before purchasing.

Well IF you are satisfied with it, please remember the Black Friday/Black Monday/and so on sales - they use to offer a 50 % sale from time to time… :)

...every once in a while, I get in the mood or so…and start to play..

http://www.songcycle.org

 
     
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