What is Mastering?
Mastering is the last
thing that happens in a music production.
you record and edit.
How is it done?
A good mastering engineer uses a combination of high-tech digital tools, hi-fi analogue tools, and above all highly skilled ears to make final shape enhancements to your mixes.
Your mix will often be run through very high-resolution eq’s, and processed for dynamics in each frequency range separately, then re-combined for a final maximized level. This is how an album sounds ‘loud’ or ‘full’.
Sometimes an engineer might add slight ambience or reverb to a track, if it’s a little dry or lacking.
These slight adjustments unlock the real character and tone you worked so hard to capture and create.
Why is it done?
Mastering controls any
over-resonances in your mixes, hides any harsh sibilance and controls any boomy
drums or dynamics.
balance and effects of your music is created in the mix down.
The final tone,
balance and volume come from mastering.
Why Private Records
revolution in home studios has brought us finished products that really don’t
sound as good as they could have. Sometimes this is because people think
they can just ‘do it themselves’, or that they can’t afford professional
productions with professional budgets never make it out the door without
Records uses state-of-the-art digital and analogue gear to get your master the
way it should sound.
overhead’ approach ensures the best quality to dollar ratio possible, passing
the savings onto you.
Now you can
affordably master albums, singles and even demos, to give you every bit of
competitive edge you can find.
Why not do it Myself?
Mastering is not really about
‘maxing out the levels’. This leads to music that sounds
over-compressed, un-dynamic, un-musical and often distorted.
successfully, an experienced mastering engineer must spend the time to get to
know your sound, then find what makes your sound unique, and highlight that
unique character. This is not a process you can
accomplish with an automated software application!
We know you put your heart and
soul into those tracks. We know you ate and slept your music
while you were working on it. The creative process ends with the
recording being finished.
The process of
mastering is a separate, added-on stage of completion and polish. It’s very much
like the difference between your construction contractor building you a house,
and an interior designer putting finishing touches on it.
vision brought you to a place where you have a stereo mix of what you wanted it
Mastering is now refining those attributes to the highest standards
The polish. Therefore a different process of
‘creativity’ is required. When recording and mixing, even the
most accomplished producers and engineers often get so used to the sound that
they no longer hear a flaw, because they’ve become so used to hearing it, day in
and day out.
example of this is the multi-million seller Rumors from Fleetwood Mac. They actually
wore the drums off the tape and had to replace them later! They only
noticed it months into the project! If it can happen to them, it can happen
What gear do you use for this Magic Polish?
mastering sessions tend to draw on multi-band compressors, companders, limiters,
parametric de-essers, linear equalizers, dither, and analogue 2 bus
Records’ studio uses a full Protools HD3 rig, 192 i/o’s, and a 24 fader
d-command for LARC control and automation.
at Private Records brings you the polish you need, with the right gear and the
At a price you