In this article I’m going to bust a couple of major mastering music myths and talked about seriously what having your music mastered will do for it.
The biggest myths and rumor I think associated with mastering music is that it is done to boost the volume of the final product. While this is true that mastering oftentimes boosts the volume of the final mix presented to the mastering engineer, oftentimes this is the byproduct or at the very least not the sole purpose of mastering.
The true purpose of music mastering is to improve and enhance the actual quality itself of the audio. This is done through band editing, Breaking up the audio into different frequencies and boosting or diminishing their influence in particular ranges over the final next overall and through the use of other effects like impression and limiters to boost or put ceilings on the audio, respectively.
A seasoned and skilled mastering engineer knows how to artfully and sparingly used these effects to gain and achieve the full potential out of that music which they receive. Mastered music needs to be boosted volume wise in some cases to be on par and equal with current contemporary standards as well as ensuring that every song on that particular record is at parity with every other song in terms of volume. But any mastering engineer who talks up or talks exclusively about boosting the levels is now worth your time or money.
Mastering music also works to create the final album file which can be reproduced in a physical format either vinyl or on compact disc. I already mentioned ensuring that every song on that album is at a similar volume with every other song on that record but other aspects of making the album go into this process such as creating a table of contents and sequencing for the record, the space in between the tracks, and writing any kind of data or information to the record like registration codes or album, artist, song, or lyric information even.
When an album is to be replicated in a physical format, it is up to the mastering engineer to ensure that there are no problems in the finished product which they send off to the replication plant and to basically ensure that the final product which they send off is a faithful reproduction and that there are no errors whatsoever as it can prove to be a very costly financial mistake if you send off a mastered record with errors on it to the replication plant prematurely without catching those errors.
A skilled and quality mastering job will significantly step up the overall professional quality of your music and practically every legitimate and label roster artist has their music professionally mastered so if you want to release the best possible quality music for your fans you should be no exception.