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Audio Mastering In Your Home Office

Author: Robert Smith
by Robert Smith
Posted: Aug 02, 2014
digital technology

Many of those who record music, either as hobbyists or as up and coming independent artists, think that they need access to a studio in order to achieve professional results when perfecting the production of their musical pieces. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. Those with a tech savvy mindset and a bit of practice can in fact do quite a bit of professional level mastering at home on their own computer. The rise of digital technology and its plummeting costs has made this a practical reality for those who work on their own music without being attached to a studio.

Producers in the music industry do, of course, have a very important job. There are things which are difficult to do without the experience and equipment that these professionals possess. However, for basic, professional level results, one can turn to digital technology to produce a polished finish piece of music. This is a fairly new phenomenon in the industry, however, so many people are not aware of it. Before digital technology reached the heights it has today, mastering required far more equipment which was much more specialized, including the equipment necessary to do acetate pressings. Even professional, successful musicians rarely had the necessary gear to master their own work.

Thus they relied upon producers. However, now even professional producers are more likely to use digital rather than analog technologies to finish production, and that digital technology can be duplicated by a home PC. It’s entirely possible for most people to acquire the necessary equipment and software to perform the functions necessary to create great sounding pieces right in their own homes. However, there’s another barrier to producing the best final results: the ability to actually recognize what those results should be. This is the major edge that professional producers now have—not their equipment, but their ears and their innate talents.

That doesn’t mean that great mastering is beyond the reach of the hobbyist, however. The basic mastering techniques which need to be accomplished for most pieces to sound good do not necessarily require the skills of a lifetime producer, for one thing. For example, simply being able to put together a working album from pre-recorded tracks is a great thing for an up and coming artist to be able to do, and it’s a lot cheaper to be able to do these things oneself than to hire a producer. You can do Mastering on an Online Mastering Studio too.

And of course, achieving the best mastering is like any other skill—those who try, get better with practice. The home producer’s first result may not be as professional as those of someone who makes a living as a producer, but the first time they sang a song or played a guitar they didn’t sound like a professional, either! Those that enjoy the making of music are likely to become as passionate about production as they are about creation, and put in the time and necessary effort to develop their skills at it.

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