What Is Mastering?
Every major label release is mastered to prepare it for radio play and retail sale. The reason? In the studio you record one song at a time, resulting in songs that all peak at different levels and have different EQs. A mastering engineer can unify your album with skillful use of EQ, gain, and compression to give it a consistent sound from track to track. This process also allows the engineer to pump up the volume of your overall album so it’s as hot as can be and sounds unbelievable.
With mastering you can get the professional sound
you want at a fraction of the cost. You’ll get the same exact treatment
that perfectionists such as Eminem, The Roots, and Jason Newsted of
Metallica fame have chosen.
This charge also includes the encoding of ISRC codes, and the embedding of CD text and shipping and handling. This also includes a printed out track sheet.