Audio Mastering

 Mastering is the process of transforming recorded audio from the final mix to a data storage device or 'the master.  Mastering creates a source from which all copies will be produced via pressing, duplication or replication.  At MusicMann Studios, customers choose from comparatively competitive rates.  Audio mastering sessions come with unlimited revisions.

 

Audio mastering requires critical listening and in addition is a crucial gateway between production and consumption.  Audio mastering involves knowledge of technical as well as specific aesthetics.  Typical treatments include the most obvious dB level bump to remain competitive with commercial radio. Not to mention the application of a final EQ, spatial widening, sonic maximization, and multi-band compression when needed.

Multi-band compression is one of the most powerful processing techniques available to a mastering engineer. Moreover, improper application can just as easily ruin the sound of the entire production.  

 

A multi-band compressor comprises a set of filters that splits the audio signal into two or more frequency bands.

 

Digital audio has acquired the reputation of having a cold, not to mention, clinical sound.  

 

Comparatively, tape saturation or 'warmth' is the solution in any modern recording studio.  Older analog tape machines used to add in harmonics or 'vibrancy'.  

 

Audio mastering engineers use the expression 'vibrancy' referring to characteristics of analogue recordings.  

 

 

The distortion introduced by valve amplification stages is acquired by recording a signal 'hot' to analogue tape.

 

Wide stereo sounds are more pleasing to customers' ears.  Stereo enhancers and special effects with a wide image will really jump out of your mix.

 

A limiter allows us to increase the loudness of the audio while maintaining the same peak level.

Multi-band limiters divide the audio up into different bands. Additionally, a separate limiter is applied to each band.  Consequently, their outputs get combined.

 

With a multi-band limiter, a kick drum will trigger the limiter in the low-frequency band.  Therefor, its level is contained without any effect on other material in higher-frequency bands.