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Master a track with LANDR:

Updated: Mar 2, 2022

The difference between mixing and mastering can be complicated. In this video, Isabelle sits down with musician, songwriter, and mastering engineer Daniel Rowland. Together they discuss the origins of mastering, why mastering is important, the difference between mixing and mastering—and how anyone can get a great master. Mastering is the final step of audio post-production. The purpose of mastering is to balance the sonic elements of a stereo mix and optimize playback across all systems and media formats. Traditionally, mastering is done using tools like equalization, compression, limiting, and stereo enhancement. Mastering is the final polish that turns a finished mix into a release that’s ready for listeners to experience on all devices—from tiny iPhone speakers to massive dance club sound systems. The term itself comes from the idea of a master copy. All copies or duplications of the audio come from the master. The mastering process ensures that those copies can be optimally played back whether they end up on streaming services, CDs or a vinyl record. In addition to that, mastering helps keep an album sounding consistent and cohesive between tracks. Ultimately, mastering creates the ideal presentation of your audio for release. Master a track with LANDR: Learn more about Synapse, LANDR’s brand new AI mastering engine: Hire a mastering engineer: Learn more about mastering: Introduction 00:32 Who is Daniel Rowland? 01:00 What is mastering? 01:55 RIAA EQ curve and corrective EQ 02:30 Is mastering necessary? 03:24 What does mastering actually do? 04:07 How is mastering different from mixing? 05:21 What decisions will a mastering engineer make? 06:15 Loudness 07:51 Should you master your own music? 09:03 How does online mastering work?


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