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Mastering Introduction

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These pages are to state what WaterFall believes true Mastering consist of. What many people don't realize is just how great a difference is made to commercial records at the mastering stage. Prior to mastering, you might be surprised at just how ordinary some mixes sound. Some call extra EQ'ing and compressing Mastering. These are but two of the possible enhancements that a Mastering Engineer may do to your product!

So what if we had to come up with an answer to the question posed at the start of this topic? What would we say? If we made a list of the elements in a "good" mix, we might say that in a "good" mix:

These are elements that should be handled by the Mixing Engineer.

Mastering, as you know, is the final step to achieving your sound. It is a very important step in the process of delivering your music to the public.

First view of a Session

Below is a ProTools screen shot of an example of a song after laying the tracks. This is just the tracks with no effects from a session, unmixed:

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Audio View Screen

Here is the screen shot of the Mixer screen of the session:

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Mixer View Screen


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