How To Master

Creating a master is necessary for a record to be shared and produced. Mastering is the process of creating a storage device from which all other productions are going to be replicated or copied from. A good master is necessary to ensure a listener’s delight when the music is being played.

Back in the days, mastering was done through a conventional and tedious process of bringing your music to a studio where engineers will process the recording to produce high quality sounding records. Nowadays, online mastering is available where you can submit your music to the studio or mastering engineer which they will create a master from. In some cases, there are websites that offer automated mastering services where an artificial intelligence learns from every recording it processes to apply a better mastering on future recordings.

If you have access to equipment for mastering, you can master the record you created yourself. Here are a few points that explain how to master a recording:

  1. Sound Monitoring

Making sure that the sound you hear is very clear, sound monitoring is essential for hearing the music. Knowing the sounds will give you an idea what frequency, loudness, and mix should be applied. In making sure that sound monitoring is at its highest, it is important to have quality equipment speakers and a room with great acoustics. Acoustics is essential to make sure you hear the smallest detail of the record.

Professional mastering studios spend a hefty amount in improving their speakers and acoustics to make sure that every sound is captured. This will help the engineer to master the record with high quality and efficiency.

  1. EQ Level

EQ level is the balance you set for the mix of your recording. You adjust the level of each mix to produce the greatest sound without compromising the quality of the recording. Digital music often is so sensitive to EQ adjustments that it creates an artificial sounding record when not properly adjusted. (read more here:

  1. Compression

It is highly essential that compression is accurately done. Compression is more or less how loud your mix can be. When you apply compression to your record, you are making the mix louder. Compression is used to make the mix louder without losing control over other tracks in the recording. The positive side of compressing is making the sound more solid by bringing down loud parts of the sound and increasing the soft tones. Being careful is important to avoid excessive loudness which can cause distortion.

These are three areas you need to be aware of when mastering your own audio. Mastering takes a lot of practice and needs a lot of time to be dedicated. It is a skill that needs to be developed. Even with the most advanced equipment to help you on mastering your audio, the skill of the mastering engineer is quite the main ingredient in a successful master. The majority of famous mastering engineers have years of experience and have started at an early age. Without dedication and practice, might as well leave it to the pros and opt for an online mastering service.