What is Mastering?
Mastering is the final step of audio post-production. The purpose of mastering is to balance sonic elements of a stereo mix and optimize playback across all systems and media formats.
Think of mastering as the glue, varnish and polish that optimizes playback quality on all devices — from tiny iPhone speakers to massive dance club sound systems.
Mixing vs. Mastering
Mixing is all about getting individual parts or instruments to work as a song. Think of it like building a car. All the parts of the car need to come together for it to run properly. The mixdown process is all about making sure all the parts are in place.
A good mix should easily flow into the mastering process.
Now think of mastering like the best carwash ever. You want your new car to look as slick and shiny as possible. Mastering polishes everything to a perfect shine. Mastering is the bridge between creation and sharing. After mastering, your audio should sound complete, uniform, professional and balanced. Whether you’re sharing online as a free download, or pressing a massive run of vinyl, good mastering allows you to release your work with confidence — no matter where it’s played.
Mobile Mic Studios uses the latest cutting edge software, skills, and techniques for ensuring your recordings compete with industry standards.
Our engineer, Spike Katz, holds a degree from Berklee College of Music in mastering, and has an incredible ear for getting your songs to their peak sonic capacity.