In every audio post-production, mastering should be the final step. The essence of mastering is simple: balance sonic elements of a stereo mix and optimize playback across all media formats and sound systems. It’s OK to perceive mastering as the final touch that enhances and optimizes playback quality on all sound systems and devices – from tiny earpiece speakers to massive dance club sound systems. Hence, it bridges the gap between the artist and the consumer. Mastering was coined from the idea of “master-copy”; the source of all other copies and duplicates, which can be in any format such as vinyl, CD’s or Tape, or distributed through any streaming service such as Spotify, iTunes, and SoundCloud. It also ensures homogeneousness & consistency of audio when dealing with multiple tracks in an album and allows for the fixing of small mistakes made in the final mix and create a connected feel across all the audio/tracks in your album.
We’ve established that the goal of mastering or using a mastering studio in Berlin for audio post-production is to ensure that your audio sounds the best it can on all platforms and formats. Today, music is consumed on hundreds of formats and devices, thereby creating the need for final quality check of mastering even when recording in a high-end studio in Berlin. Therefore, mastering ensures that your audio is heard the way you wanted it to be heard. There there is a need to use a competent mastering studio in making your album consistent and balanced across all tracks and without all your tracks will sound disjointed in relation to each other. Different between Mixing and Mastering There are a few similarities between mixing and mastering especially in the tools used and techniques, but they are not the same. Here is the difference: What is mixing Mixing is a multi-track recording technique that gets all individual instruments and parts to work together as a song. Let’s depict it as building a house, all the parts of the house have to come together to form the whole, solid and with protection. This is why mixing will make sure that all parts of the song flow well without distortions. Mastering Mastering can be seen as a good paint job on a house. After using mixing to put everything the house needs in place, you’ll definitely want to the house to be appealing to everyone especially if you have the intentions of selling the structure. Mastering brings to light the beauty of your music (audio/tracks/album) and makes them appealing to the consumer. Audio mastering can not only be used for stereo or mono signals. VR Audio, Multichannel surround signals 7.1 5.1 7.1.4 11.2 11.1 4.0 and Ambisonics can be enhanced using music-mastering techniques like EQing compression limiting and more. Auro 3D Audio, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic, Prologic II, and IIX, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, THX Surround EX™, Fraunhofer MPEG-H 3D, Ambix, Sony 360 Reality Audio and more formats all can be improved by a worldclass mastering studio like ACHLEITNER MASTERING in Berlin, Germany.
The following audio sound effects are achievable using mastering or mastering studio in Berlin: #1. Audio Restoration Mastering fixes hitches and glitches in the original mix such as clicks, pops, or hisses. It also ensures that every small mistake that arise when an un-mastered tape is amplified are fixed immediately. #2. Stereo Enhancement Mastering is very useful in stereo enhancement; it fixes right or left the spatial balance of your audio, widen your mix to make it sound better, and helps tighten your center image by focusing the low-end #3. Equalizing Spectral imbalances are easier corrected using mastering technique, which also takes care of every element that needs to stand out. A master copy should be balanced, proportional, and sound good on any playback system. #4. Compression If you want to enhance the dynamic range of your audio (i.e. keep louder signals in check while increasing quieter parts), then use a Berlin mastering studio in your audio post-production to give your audio a better uniformity and feel. #5. Loudness The limiter is the last process on the Mastering chain, and it sets the appropriate overall loudness on the audio by creating a peak ceiling. Limiters make your audio loud without allowing distortions due to clipping. #6. Bit Depth Reduction & Sample Rate Conversion If you’re planning to release a CD, your audio file format has to be in 44.1kHz 16 bits. If it is not on this format, you can use mastering to dither and convert your audio file until you get to the standard format. #7. Sequencing & Spacing Album spacing refers to the gap (silence) between each track in an album. Mastering can help you do a proper sequence and spacing on your album or EP to put your audio in order. The Audio after Mastering If you think of mastering as a bridge in audio creation and sharing, you’re not wrong because after mastering, your audio sound should be complete, uniform, balanced and perfect. However, you’ll need the professional services of ACHLEITNER MASTERING – a world class mastering studio that is based in Berlin to assist you in perfecting your audio production.