Making Serious Music

Discussion in 'Headphone & Earphone General Discussion' started by cermon, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. cermon

    cermon Casual Listener

    Jul 4, 2011
    Mastering is the process, which comes after the records are mixed and recorded. It is what renders the tracks its appeal. The sound is tweaked to add quality. Master engineer has years of experience adding finish to the soundtrack. The engineer uses his ears to detect the issues, which may be prevalent in the song, by listening to the soundtrack. Once the tracks are recorded and mixed, they are mastered in a mastering studio. The mastering studio is well equipped with a wide range of equipments that make the sound perfect. When the album has more than one track, it becomes even more urgent to send it for mastering. The master synchronizes the gap between the songs to make the album professional. The master engineer hones the music by adding dynamics, balance and compression to the tracks. Once the mastering is done, the resulting audio tracks are prepared in external devices such as CD players, home stereo systems and mp3 players. Mastering can be done in digital or analog format. It is usually believe that mastering is done to make the tracks loud. But in actuality mastering reduces the gap between loud and quiet. This is done through a series of measures like compression, limiting, digital limiting and clipping. Mastering reduces any background sound that may be present in the audio track. When that is eliminated, the sound comes out clean and crystal mixing masteringhas become popular and a desired process by those musicians who are serious about their music
  2. dalethorn

    dalethorn Obsessive Auditor

    Jul 3, 2011
    Charleston South Carolina

    When mastering is too perfect, the sound can have an artificial quality, as though instruments were used that have no human operators. I noticed that some years ago with a lot of reggae recordings, where the timing and percussion were obviously too regular, and I would quickly lose interest. For headphone listening, the music should have depth and a good soundstage, and not be compressed beyond what is necessary for average listening conditions, if at all.

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