CD Audio Mastering
Audio mastering is a vital post-production process for any individual seeking to create a professional audio CD. Proper CD and Audio Mastering is the difference between making a demo and making a record- between a flop and a hit. CD and audio mastering does not just refer to the sound of the project, but also the track order, fade in and out, track gaps and the overall final presentation of the CD. Proper CD and Audio Mastering is vital for any audio project to become commercially viable. The democratisation of equipment means that companies offering both CD and Audio Mastering have become widespread, however the quality of the final master can vary. Many customers find that the CD and Audio Mastering service they used was an unattended process of automated gates and FFT's.
It is always recommended that you go for a specialist CD and Audio Mastering service, one with an attending mastering engineer. This may appear costly, however if you could not afford top-notch tracking and mixing sessions, CD and Audio Mastering can end up being a more cost-effective way of producing a far superior sound. Many independent bands have been able to budget for better CD and Audio Mastering services by using cheaper studios, or taking less time with tracking and mixing engineers. Audio Mastering is a very specialised discipline that requires completely different equipment and knowledge to normal audio engineering, therefore it is always best to have your music mastered by a specialist.
CD Mastering is absolutely vital before going into full manufacture; a real Redbook CD Master will provide you with a clean-specification disc, and can include your ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) that is required for most retail sale and radio airtime. CD Mastering can allow you to take your product directly to any manufacturing plant and have a glass master produced to stamp thousands of units, as long as you have a licence from MCPS (the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society). CD and Audio Mastering is the final step in making sure you have a product that is ready to sell.
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