While a mastering engineer is responsible for creating the overall sound of the music on an album, he can also help in sequencing the songs and adjusting their spacing. The spacing between the tracks is a vital factor in achieving a smooth flow from one track to the next. The mastered song must be bounced to be ready for distribution. The mastering engineer should be knowledgeable about mixing, EQing, and compression before starting.
The main tasks of mastering include equalizing individual tracks, adjusting their volume, adding fades and spacing at the beginning of songs, and restoring signal. The process is completed by labeling each track and adding UPC/EAN codes and ISRCs. Generally, a mastering engineer will also add the title of the artist and song. In some cases, a musician may have a background in the recording process and need a professional to help them.
Mastering engineers are responsible for monitoring the DBS level of the input signal. They must match this level to the output signal. An increase in the DBS level will cause the listener’s brain to believe that the sound is better than it actually is, and this can make creative choices difficult. During the creative stage, the reference track will help to achieve a balanced tone and sound. It is also useful for comparing with the final result.
The mastering engineer applies various effects to the full mixdown. He will use multiband compressors to add different compression levels. He may also apply reverb or global EQs to create an airier sound. The mastering engineer should also be attentive to the stereo characteristics of the track. If the mix is not perfect, the engineer should return it back to the mixing engineer for the final tweaks. A high pass filter is a good option for controlling the low frequency.
During the mastering process, the mastering engineer will ensure that the audio files are in the correct formats, playback order, and spectral sound. In addition, the mastering engineer will also create a balanced mix that makes the music digestible. Ultimately, the mastering engineer is the last line of defense in the production process, catching and repairing any problems that were present during the recording. A good mastering engineer will also give you helpful mix tips, which you can use to improve the sound quality of your music.
In addition to the sound quality, the mastering engineer should be aware of the frequency spectrum of the recorded music. During the mastering process, every instrument in the song will be present. If a track has peaked, these peaks will affect the stylus on the vinyl record. By contrast, a high-quality mix is not enough if it lacks a good mastering engineer. The sound of the recording should be as clean as possible and be aesthetically pleasing.