Audio Mastering Essay

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Overview of the Mastering Process For every good mastering engineer, meticulousness and attention to detail is the norm, not the exception. What is Mastering? • Mastering is the last creative step in the audio production process, the bridge between mixing and replication – your last chance to enhance sound or repair problems in an acoustically – designed room – an audio microscope. What is a Mastering Engineer? • A Mastering Engineer requires the same ear training as a recording and mixing engineer, except that the mastering engineer becomes expert in the techniques for improving completed mixes, while the mixing engineer specializes in methods for improving the mix by altering the sound of individual instruments within it. 1…show more content…
4 CD-R, CD-ROM & DVD ROM • CD-R: By far, the most reliable digital format available today. CD-Rs may be made on standalone CD-R decks, or on DAWs equipped with CD-R drives and CD-Audio recording software. • CD-R (Orange Book) & DVD-Rom (Book C): Is an up and coming medium that can use DDP image files. Sony PCM – 1610/1630 Used since the introduction of the CD as a mastering medium from which glass masters are cut, this format uses an encoder to store digital audio information in video form on the ¾” video cassettes and videotape recorders of the professional U-Matic video standard. DTRS: ADAT & Tascam DA-88 These 8-track “modular digital multi-track” (MDM) formats are used primarily for multi-track recording. The machines employ video technology and have many of the same advantages as DAT. The DA-88 format is also commonly used to deliver 5.1 channel surround sound mixes for DVD. 5 What are the Most Common formats used? • For the CD Plant: A CD-R or PCM 1630 tape • For the Cassette Duplicator: A CD-R or DAT • For the Vinyl Record Pressing Plant: A “master lacquer” What are the Most Accurate formats to use? • DDP (Disc Description Protocol*) • PCM-1630 (on ¾” video cassette) • CD-R (Orange Book, write-once media) *DDP or Disc Description Protocol identifies and describes collections of data
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