Understanding the Audio Mastering Process
You’ll find that some artists who self-produce and release their work don’t invest in audio mastering. You’ll also find that it’s easy to tell who did and who didn’t. When an album is mastered, the sound quality is improved, to take those tracks from sounding like they were recorded in someone’s basement, to sounding like the professional songs they are. Background noise is eliminated. The tracks are all paced together on the album as a whole, to give it a cohesive sound. It is difficult to overestimate the importance of investing in mastering.
Choose the Right Audio Mastering Studio
Once you realize how important audio mastering is and work to hire the right studio, there are a few things you’ll want to look for. First of all, look for general experience. A studio that has a wide and varied collection of successfully mastered albums is likely to have the expertise and resources to best master your album. Second, choose a studio that’s worked specifically in the genre you’re working on. That means if you’re working on a folk album, you’d work with a studio that had mastered and worked with folk albums in the past successfully.