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.


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