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For the past ten years, the music industry has witnessed a quest for
loudness rather than audio fidelity. Every record company wants to make
their hit record louder than the next. When will it end? Unfortunately,
it probably won't be in the near future. Since there is no end in site,
Sand Creek Mastering will stay in the race and make your CD loud so that
it can compete with everything else on the market.
Here is a song that was sent in for mastering. The song was sent to me from Rico who lives in Miami and does all his recording in his home studio. Take a listen to the unmastered version and you will see that Rico does a great job on the mix, and also making sure the levels stay below -3 db. The mastering will make it louder and make the instruments and vocals come alive, by adding the right amount of EQ'ing, dynamics, and other enhancing techniques. The song is called, "Win It".
Here is Win It (Unmastered), Win It (Unmastered)
Now Listen to Win It (Mastered), Win It (Mastered)
Did you just finish recording some original music on
your home recording system? Did you try to play the CD in your car or on
your home system but find out that the bass is so loud that you can't
turn up the volume as loud as you want to? Or maybe you find that the
other frequencies are way too piercing when you trun up the volume? Do
you want to be able to play your CD in your car or in your home like you
do all your store bought CD's? Then it looks like you want your music
If you want your music played on the radio, plan on having your CD duplicated for sale to the public, or you want to upload yours songs to a website, then you should think about having your songs professionally mastered. Many people will bypass this step because of money, time, unfamiliarity with mastering, or a number of other reasons. If you are spending the time and money to produce a CD to replicate and sell, why would you cheat yourself out of this important step? Mastering will use EQ and dynamic processing to maximize the sonic potential of your song. Even if you have old songs that you want "livened up", come and see the difference mastering can make. Mastering will give you that bigger, fatter, and louder sound that you hear on all the major record labels. Maybe you have some old songs of your band that you recorded on cassettes or records--even 45's. These can be made to sound cleaner and louder.
Recording is the process of capturing musical performances onto a physical medium like analog tape, digital tape, compact disc, or a computer hard disk. Mixing is the process of taking these multiple recorded tracks and blending them together using a mixing console. The final result is usually a two channel (stereo) performance. Mastering is the final step in balancing, equalizing, and enhancing analog or digital tapes so that the finished product will have the maximum music quality possible. In addition, mastering will give you the competitiveness to distribute your songs in the open market.
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