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.
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