Mastering (Don't bonk your post production)
If you ask around the overall consensus on Mastering - is one gigantic mystery. So what does Mastering do for your overall production? Most people don't have a clue. Because of this most inexperienced artists out there will hand their studio production over to some Studio Engineer who claims he's an expert at mastering but the truth is he just wants to makes a little extra cash off of you. The truth is Mastering is a highly complex post-production processes that includes editing, sweetening, EQ matching & compression, level matching, limiting, song sequencing and dozens other tools to create your finished CD. Beware of mixers out there that say they can master! Here's why - A fresh pair of ears can be the biggest difference between a good-sounding CD and a great one. A real advantage in the post production process is an unbiased sound professional has the opportunity to evaluate your master and determine how to get the most out of it. After you've spent weeks, months, even years in a recording studio listening to your CD over and over again, a fresh pair of ears can put it all into perspective. The mastering engineer is a professional who lets you know what needs to be tweaked to achieve the best, finalized, optimized sound possible. This is exactly why the Mixer should never be the Master. I asked Rich Fisher of The Rich Fisher Institute www.rficd.com. Why should the mixer never be the master? His reply: "Because he knows where all the dead bodies are buried." That's why I chose Rich for my Mastering Engineer.
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The mastering engineer also ensures that your music will sound great - whether it's being played through a car stereo, a portable CD player, or a top-of-the-line stereo system. This is why experience plays such an important role. During CD mastering, the sound of your CD will be optimized, making it sound punchy, warm, and full, while raising the overall level (volume) and highlighting details that aren't already apparent. In the end this could be the defining moment for your music when being evaluated either by a fan or by an A&R. Post production is also helpful for addressing issues such as "pops," out-of-phase tracks, and overall noise reduction.