Mastering music optimizes the overall sound of a track and tracks on an album. It gives it that final polish and allows the music to be ready to distribute. Maybe you’re a songwriter who has recorded a song and really want to release it quickly to get your voice out there. Maybe you’re a, up and coming music producer who wants to save some of your budget by mastering tracks instead of contracting it out. No problem. Take a look below at some great tips for anyone just starting to master music.
Know Your Destination
It’s the dream to have your music on streaming channels like Spotify, Pandora, or Apple Music. Make sure you research the sound and levels before you start mastering so you can match them to your tracks destination.
Use a Reference
To be successful, your master needs to compete on a commercial platform. Try and match your song to a similar beat and frequency as if trying to fit your song into the same playlist as the other. It must flow well and not be so different it won’t ever get played on a larger scale. However, never lose the originality that makes your music unique.
There is no such thing as being too careful when proofing something. By using a meter you can check whether your music has loudness uniformity. If you listen to a track long enough you might not even realize there are spikes in sound that could take away from the overall effect of your track. Using a meter can help identify those areas.
Less is More
If you’re just getting started with mastering, you can quickly become overwhelmed by how many tools there are to help you with different aspects of mastering. Use no more than 3 tools to keep the process simple but effective. Research exactly what you need and which app is best for that particular step and stick with it.
Translate for Different Environments
Your music sounds amazing in a studio! Not so much in the car. What happened? It’s likely something got lost in translation, literally. When mastering, it’s essential to listen to your tracks in various places so you can adjust levels to sound just as incredible in the car, shower, or on a laptop as they do in a studio.