Mastering: How Referencing the Real World Can Make Your Music Stand Out

When it comes down to it, "louder" isn't necessarily the only aspect of mastering you should be concerned with. Joe Albano explains why referencing other similar tracks is so important.  

A lot of artists, producers, and engineers have gotten used to doing their own mixes (as opposed to calling in a mix specialist), and now, with the wide availability of software-based mastering tools, they've been trying their hand at that final stage as well. But mastering is really a different art than mixing'"the focus is smaller, on little details, rather than big, creative gestures. It can take some time to re-adjust your ears to the kind of detail that needs to be addressed at that stage'"I know it took me quite a while to get used to it, coming from mixing.

A mastering engineer is charged with making sure that the overall 'sound'

Joe is a musician, engineer, and producer in NYC. Over the years, as a small studio operator and freelance engineer, he's made recordings of all types from music & album production to v/o & post. He's also taught all aspects of recording and music technology at several NY audio schools, and has been writing articles for Recording magaz... Read More


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