So, what exactly is mastering?

Mastering is the art of refining and polishing finished stereo mixes and making them ready for distribution. It is important to unify the sound across your entire release and maintain consistency.

How does it work?

How the finishing touches are applied to your release and the way they enhance particular sonic characteristics can be the difference between a good sounding mix and a professional-sounding master. This is done by making subtle adjustments to EQ, selectively adding compression, limiting, stereo enhancement, and other psychoacoustic tricks like aural excitation.

It is very important to make sure that your release flows nicely when played one after the other. The sound should be consistent and the levels should match so that there isn’t suddenly a particular track is louder or quieter than the rest, meaning that the listener has to adjust the volume accordingly.

There are many other steps and considerations involved in the mastering process, but these are some of the main points to keep in mind.

How do I get started?

At the end of the day, most DAWs offer some form of mastering options, but getting your music professionally mastered can make a real difference and helps you to stand out from the crowd.

We have options to help you get your music Mastered for iTunes – which is a very specific format – or you can get in touch and enquire about our other mastering services which are handled by a fully-qualified sound engineer.

Please email us with Mastering Enquiry as the subject, and include details about your release and what adjustments you would like making. We will then get back to you with more information as soon as we can.