I'm sure I'm in the minority on this thread, but I think that mastering is a thing of the past. It is a great luxury if you can afford it because it gives you that last set of ears and one final chance to fix any problems. However, a great part of the mastering engineer's job has always been to make sure that a CD sounds coherent in its sonic qualities and to fix spaces in between songs. The CD is a thing of the past, and most music is listened to as singles in a shuffled playlist. The major record labels are slowly fading away, and artists are stepping more and more into the role of recording engineer/mixer. Today there is more music coming out than ever before, and most of this is coming out on a low budget. This budget is likely to be spent on a mixer who can also master.
Today there is more music coming out than ever before, and most of this is coming out on a low budget. This budget is likely to be spent on a mixer who can also master.
Which of the meat and potatoes in the answer to the first question did not satisfy your appetite? Here's what I read:Now, that pretty much covers an accurate and fairly complete description of mastering, and right in the answer to the the first question in the article. Where are you still left wanting?
I'm sure I'm in the minority on this thread, but I think that mastering is a thing of the past./QUOTE]
Um? I totally disagree most dont have the knowledge and experience, most dont even know or have the means to complete simple task Q sheets, adding CD Red Book text format, adding ISRC codes, Bar Codes, DDP image, Copyright info. I know some Mastering Engrs probably think this is not a huge deal cuz they work with this info on a daily basis but trust me most have NO CLUE what this stuff is. Not to mention all of the complex task. You are as serious as your music so if your music is a joke cuz you have not invested time and money into a Mastering Engr...well