A general guide to what master formats you need from your mastering engineer and why.
From time to time, I’m asked to write about various aspects of the mastering process. Many of the articles were inspired by realizing I was typing the same email over and over again. Below is a list of articles I’ve authored on various aspects of audio mastering and published on The Pro Audio Files.
Read the articles:
An article clarifying one of the most common myths and points of confusion that I see on audio forums and Facebook groups, how much headroom to leave on your mixes for mastering.
It would be too subjective and a waste of time to criticize services such s LANDR, Aftermaster and other automated mastering services about their sound qualities. Instead, this article focuses on facts about things those services simply can't provide for you at this time, or maybe ever.
This article focuses on vinyl releases, and why it's important to use a lacquer cutter who you know does good work and that you can communicate with rather than blindly sending your music off to the pressing plant and hoping for the best. Lacquer cutting is the most important step when it comes to how your vinyl sounds. You wouldn't send your unmastered mixes off to the CD plant and hope they master it well before doing all the expensive and time consuming setup processes, would you?
An article to enlighten you on things to consider and listen for when evaluating your initial master from your mastering engineer/studio.
This article stemmed from replying to a Facebook post about how to prepare some mixes for mastering. I put together a quick checklist of things to consider and be aware of to help make the process go smoothly.
A general overview of mastering technicalities, best-practices, ideas, and random thoughts.
This article explains common misconceptions about audio mastering such as why even though your masters may be technically loud when analyzed on meters, they do not sound as loud other material, and why louder is not always better.
An overview of why Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase (and similar DAWs) are not full featured mastering DAWs and why a DAW/Audio Editor designed specifically for mastering will improve your workflow, make things easier, and improve results as well.
A general overview of things to consider before your mastering session.
Some useful tips for your and veteran mixing engineers to help ensure your mastering session goes smoothly.
A brief guide to submitting your CD/project info to the Gracenote Database and why iTunes (and most other consumer audio apps) can't directly read the CD-Text/Metadata embedded on a CD even though you think it should, and how apps actually get that info.
An overview of helpful non-audio apps and services to help you run your audio business, stay organized, and be more efficient.