An often referred to, but little understood process is the mysterious world of mastering. Mastering is processing done to a track after mixing and before the final product is created. It covers the overall frequency balance and dynamics of the track, as well as thing like ‘topping and tailing’ and doing fade ins/outs. If you have ever played a demo next to a professional CD and it sounded very quiet, the most likely cause of this is poor mastering.

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