Mastering


Audio Mastering & How To Avoid Bad Mixes

Written January 30th, 2014 by
Categories: Mastering

 

 

Audio mastering is a real aural art form on its own, even though some people find it a mysterious process. Those who master audio always have to be astute to the nuances of sound that an artist might not readily notice. When an initial mix is brought in by an artist for mastering, the person may not even hear some of the sound balance problems that provide challenges for the audio mastering engineer.

It’s why when you bring a recording in to have it mastered, consider doing a couple of things first so the mastering process can improve upon the quality of your recording.

Make Sure the Mixes are Done Right

When mastering occurs, there’s little that can be done to fix the balance of a bad mix. While specific instruments can sometimes be brought out in the mastering process, a bad mix without the right tone or balance between instruments can become a major issue. Only those trained to listen for such things might be able to scope a bad mix out when an artist can’t. Fortunately, an expert in audio mastering usually advises the artist to make sure the mixes are done right before any further mastering is done.

Understanding the Role of Audio Mastering

An artist bringing a recording in for mastering might not completely understand what the mastering engineer does to help create a better sound balance. Even if the artist fixes the first mix, he or she may have only heard the results on a smaller sound system that may sound different when played on larger sound equipment.

In audio mastering, the engineer can tell when there’s too much bass or a mid range that doesn’t sound crisp and clear. These are the areas that mastering can fix after having a decent mix to work on.

The engineer will also work on more subtle aural situations like the comparison between the loudness of instrumental sounds and the vocal. Sometimes a mix sounding overly bright will end up sounding a little different after mastering. Nevertheless, a top mastering engineer will have a studio that’s designed to give the best fidelity capabilities during playback. This can help the engineer scope out the best overall recording balance in specific areas like stereo separation, plus how the recording sounds acoustically in a room.

Mostly, you should trust your audio mastering engineer in their audio guidance. One with considerable experience will have a bank of knowledge in their heads of how certain musical genres are supposed to sound.

Here at CD Depot Stores, we can do custom and affordable audio mastering for your recording with a very experienced team. We even master one sample for you free if you’re an indie artist on a budget.

Let us be your one-stop multimedia source that also includes distribution and replication services. Whether it be video or audio projects, we’ll bring quality design to everything, including audio mastering engineers who understand what people want to hear.

 

Audio Mixing: The Art of Being Subtle

Written December 12th, 2013 by
Categories: Mastering

 

Audio Mixing is an artwork in and of itself. The subtle mixing of tracks into one integrated work of art to share with the world is not something to do quickly or in a haphazard manner.  If you are working on that perfect audio mix, or trying to master your own CD, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  1. Keep it simple. Just like the saying you have always heard about a number of other things, this applies here also. The more complex you make the production, the harder it is to get it mastered down to a professional mix. So, if you are just starting out and want a song to sound the best, it is advisable to keep it simple at first. This means to limit the tracks to around 4 at first and add effects carefully.
  2. Learn the art of being subtle. By this, we mean not to overdo or distort tracks. Music should be a perfect mix of instrumentals and vocals, integrated together to form a perfect unit. If you overdo a track, it can overpower the vocals, or worse make them irritating to listen to.
  3. Practice ‘mixing down’ different ways. Sometimes practice does make perfect too. Try mixing and mastering different ways, with different tracks more prominent different times, or start with the basic 2 or 3 tracks, then gradually add one track at a time, to find the best combination. Don’t overdo extra instruments. They should enhance, not overpower the melody.
  4. Focus on the song. Think about the mood of the song and the message it is trying to get across. Don’t scream lyrics like “I love you more than life,” if it sounds like you’re angry. Some basic psychology and mood integrated within the song can go a long way toward enhancing the piece.
  5. Make it marketable. Remember the end result is to get it published, produced and out there in the music market. Hopefully, people will like it enough that they will want to purchase it. This is why the mastering process is so important and must be done professionally.

Many people are producing their own work these days on their home computers, laptops, and other stand-alone equipment. That is fine if you are an expert at mixing and mastering. But, if you’re not, that’s where we come in. We have several years experience in mixing and mastering CD’s and other media to perfection, and making a marketable product you will be proud of. Visit us on the web to learn more about the art of audio mixing and mastering.

Importing your Music from a CD Master

Written February 20th, 2013 by
Categories: Mastering

Placing an order online with www.cddepotstores.com is easy, after you have selected one of our special packages or created a custom quote you can proceed to upload your artwork and music files by login into or creating your CD Depot Stores account.

But if you have your music files on an Audio CD Master, how can you upload them? Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding CD Text

Written October 18th, 2012 by
Categories: Disc Manufacturing, Mastering

So, you picked up your CD’s, went home, played one on your computer and you can’t see the names of your tracks, there has to be a mistake here and you are about to call CD Depot Stores help desk and ask them to redo your order to fix this issue, like every recording artist you want the titles of your tracks to show up on your media player (e.g. iTunes) and you made sure to add CD Text when you made your master right?

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