Mastering Studios: Are they necessary? Mastering music is often a confusing and mysterious process to musicians, bands and solo artists. This article is part of a series designed to help artists, bands and musicians save time and money in the recording studio. In this article we’ll talk about an important question which if you’re not asking you should ask, and that is “Do I need to get my song mastered?” In a nutshell, the answer to this question is a definite “YES!” Professional mastering is the final stage in the music production process and will ensure you get a truly professional product that will translate on a wide variety of playback system. This means that whether your intention is to put your song online, on the radio, on CD, or any other medium, you will have an optimally good sounding piece of music. And the expectation nowadays with all the technology available is that you will have a professionally finished, mastered product to deliver to all these different formats.
Simply put, it is one of the costs of doing business in this industry of professional music. It’s very important to get your song mastered and look into that process. It can be an inexpensive and quick process that you should not be intimidated by if you do your research and make the right choices. A lot of people are intimidated because they don’t truly understand what mastering does. Another important point to bring up is that you MUST have a professionally MIXED song before you decide to get mastered or your product won’t sound the best it possibly can.
There is a lot of confusion around the two subjects and often people get mixed up with the processes of mixing and mastering. You must also seek out a good mix engineer to make sure your song is as good as it possibly can be before you go to the mastering studio. It does not matter if your song is mastered if it isn’t mixed properly first. The mix is truly where a raw recording gets polished and turned into a professional piece of music. Mastering then takes it up another level to make a great sounding song superb. Mixing and mastering is truly the “secret” to getting your music to sound like other major artists in the industry. Do NOT neglect or overlook these steps of the music production workflow.