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Rather than just pay for all-in-one plug-in solutions, it is important for the experienced engineer to choose the gear that best fits your recorded material. That may well be a digital or analog solution or a combination of both. With 2 Grammy submissions in 2012, we offer high quality monitoring with ATC 100’s for the big picture and QUESTED as an alternative near field source as well as ADAMS. All this combined together with a knowledgeable engineer makes for a great sounding master!
Mastering is not a 'generic setting' but has to be applied whilst taking in to consideration the style of music and instrumentation - acoustic or synth based - pop or orchestral. Equipment is important, however, the ears and the skill of the mastering engineer bring about the magic. Generally speaking, mastering can fix a whole series of issues from: excessive booming basses to wall paper peeling high frequencies or aggressive mids that can be tamed and adjusted.
Mastering includes: • Optimization of average/peak volume levels for correct relative loudness • Signal Processing compression, limiting, EQ as required • Arranging tracks in final sequence • Timing of the space between tracks • Find the ‘Sonic’ feel for all tracks • Place track markers at head of all tracks • Removal of noise like clicks, pops, hiss • Clean-up start and ending of each track • Red Book CD, proof copy, PQ codes required for replication
MASTERING - BEFORE & AFTER EXAMPLES
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