What Is Mastering?
(samples done by Roach Media Audio)
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.
Finally, you have to choose between DIGITAL or ANALOG mastering (more on this in videos below). We recommend Roach Media Audio (see above) here in Kansas City for your Digital Mastering.
Audio Cave Recording sends all our ANALOG mastering overseas to our partner Lior Lahav at SONESTA RECORDS in Israel, below is a picture of their mastering facility. Lior has mastered albums for renowned clients such as SNOOP DOG, PUFF DADDY (Sean Combs), BRUNO MARS, and MARIO WINANS.
DIGITAL or ANALOG MASTERING?
Greg Calbi is a Senior Mastering Engineer at Sterling Sound.
He discusses the differences between using
analog and digital technology in the mastering process.
This charge also includes the encoding of ISRC and PQ codes, and the embedding of CD text and shipping and handling. Physical Gold Audio Master Grade CD of Your Mastered Audio Files, Mastered to Red Book Specifications. This also includes a printed out track sheet.