Mastering For Independent Musicians

What is Mastering?

Mastering is the final process in the preparation of music for distribution. Sounds boring? Not at all. The mastering engineer applies subtle processing, which can have subtle or more noticeable 

This could be a cause for concern for a lot of artists that specialize in acoustic instruments. How familiar is your audio engineer with acoustic instruments, and in particular how they sound in real life. Too many people only hear music through recorded means, or live through a PA. There are two positions that have distinctly different sounds when it comes to acoustic instruments. The first position is the player. This is the up-close sound that you hear when you are the actual musician in the band. The second position is the listener. This would be the audience member watching a musical group.

These two sounds are very different and your entire recording needs to be approached from the right "listening position" if the recording is going to be convincing at all. The microphone positioning and mixing needs to be done deliberately with the chosen position in mind. Listen to these examples and pay close attention to where all the instruments and the band in general is positioned.

Eric Brandon

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Gravely James

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In this age of the internet and electronic music, you need to be confident that your recording, mixing, and mastering engineers all know how to handle acoustic music and understand the way sound changes as it moves through the air.

I am a mastering engineer, but also a musician. I made my living as a gigging musician for six years before becoming a mastering engineer. This was largely in folk, jazz, and classical ensemble settings. I am intimately familiar with strings, brass, woodwind, and percussion at various distances. I know what they are supposed to sound like. If your recording and mixing engineer have worked hard to get your music sounding right. Don't let the mastering undo that balance by changing the tonal balance or dynamics to change the position of the listener. Perhaps your recording and mix engineer didn't record and mix with these things in mind. In this case, it might just need a subtle tweak in mastering to complete the picture presented to the listener.

At Transparent Mastering, you can be assured that your project is being handled by someone that understands the sounds produced in nature. My attention to detail is consistent. Nothing is rushed. You can trust me with your project.

If you have your doubts, we can always do a sample master together. Hear the difference that comes from an engineer who understands sound and doesn't touch a single knob until he understands what your sound is, and how to make sure it translates to the listener as, or better than expected. 

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