Mastering for Compressed Audio Formats | iZotope Best Practices: “What is Mastering?
There are many definitions of audio mastering. Most commonly, though, the term mastering is used to refer to the process of taking an audio mix and preparing it for distribution. There are several considerations in this process:
Unifying or adjusting the sound of a record to correct any mix balance issues, or enhance a particular sonic characteristic.
Maintaining consistency across an album so that each track sits comfortably within the overall aesthetic of the playlist.
Preparation for distribution, which could mean traditional duplication or replication onto CD/ vinyl or preparing for digital download, depending on the intended delivery format.
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This article takes a look at preparing your audio for digital downloads.
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