Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Music Mastering: What is it?

Mercurius Creative is a diverse company. We offer web and visual services in 1 half of our company and the other half offers studio audio production services. A commonly needed service is music mastering. However, for most musicians this final and critical step is often misunderstood. To worsen things, it's often either not done at all or done by an amateur which causes the final product to suffer. The last thing any musician wants to do is sound bad.

Mastering is the final chapter in the process of recording a song or album. It takes the work of the musicians, the recording engineer, and the producer; and makes it all sound it's best. The best way to describe it is the "icing" on the cake. Mastering adjusts the song's volume and tone to sound appropriate when played along with other similar music. This is critical for songs that will be played in clubs by DJs and on the radio. Obviously, you do not want your song to sound too quiet, or dull. Furthermore, it is also important for making an album. When you have multiple songs in a collection or album, volume between songs can often fluctuate. This issue becomes exacerbated when multiple studios and producers have worked on a record. Mastering essentially levels all those songs to offer an enjoyable listening experience.

With a properly mastered song, your music will sound good on a variety of speakers, whether it is an iPhone, $20 ear buds or the most expensive hi-fi systems. To accomplish this, we use high end audio processors, a tuned room, flat monitors and an engineer with a keen ear.

For our current mastering prices, please visit our website.
We also offer a free consultation.

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