Audio Mastering Essay

3513 Words Feb 14th, 2012 15 Pages
Overview of the Mastering Process
For every good mastering engineer, meticulousness and attention to detail is the norm, not the exception.

What is Mastering?
• Mastering is the last creative step in the audio production process, the bridge between mixing and replication – your last chance to enhance sound or repair problems in an acoustically – designed room – an audio microscope.

What is a Mastering Engineer?
• A Mastering Engineer requires the same ear training as a recording and mixing engineer, except that the mastering engineer becomes expert in the techniques for improving completed mixes, while the mixing engineer specializes in methods for improving the mix by altering the sound of individual instruments within it.

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• Most Macintosh programs look for the file type in the resource fork, unique to Macintosh computers. • The resource fork is the MAC way of telling programs who created a file, its file type, and additional information proprietary to the particular file type; it is analogous to the three letter extension on the PC. (e.g. .aif, .wav, etc…)

• These were invented to allow users to double-click on a file and automatically open a program, an advance over the DOS command line. • However, resource forks cannot be transmitted over the internet**, and can only be transferred between platforms in a limited manner.

File Formats
• .WAV • .AIFF • .BWF • .SD2


Most Common
• When transferring files between platforms, the WAV, AIFF and BWF file types are the most universal, because they do not depend on resource forks for anything except file type, and the file type is also duplicated within the Header (in the data fork) if the resource fork is missing.

• Audio Interchange File Format: supports standard bit resolutions in multiples of 8, up to 32 bits fixed point. • While most professional Pc programs can read and write AIFFs, this format was created for use on MACs. • A mono or split AIFF contains one channel, as opposed to interleaved AIFFs, which can contain multiple channels. • There is no

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