A song is typically mastered at the final stage in the recording process. Mastering involves equalization and dynamic enhancement in order to improve the sound translation on all playback systems.
Ok, that explanation is a little geeky I'll admit! ...
It's simple really, mastering your music will typically make it sound louder, warmer and way more professional. It is achieved by running your tracks through compressors, limiters, equalizers and other audio mastering gizmos.
Mastering is not to be confused with magic. Many people hear the results and conclude that we must be wizards or magicians. Sadly not, it's all down to a trained ear and the right gear!
Something else people confuse mastering with is "mixing". The mixing process involves taking each individual audio file within your song and working with their volume levels, EQs and effects to create the final "mix". Your producer will bounce down the final "mix" to one individual file, which is sent for mastering.
Mastering, is the process of taking that final mix (single audio file) and giving it a final professional polish. Remember that the mastering process can not change elements within a song, such as deleting a guitar part or turning down the vocals, because the master house only has the bounced individual file. If you need changes to be made to elements within the song you would need to go back to your "mix" and alter it there before bouncing down a new file ready for mastering.
The process of first recording then mixing and finally mastering a song ensures maximum audio and creative quality throughout the recording process. These three steps are how almost all professional songs are created.
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