Most music makers are not aware that audio mastering software is now
available to everyone. Some time ago, audio mastering software was solely used
in studios by music engineers to refine the sound of audio recordings. But
because of the advancement in technology, these software programs are now
available to everyone.
What exactly is audio mastering software? People have a tendency to
mistake audio mastering for audio mixing. This is not the case. Audio mastering
is totally different from audio mixing. As a matter of fact, audio mastering is
the final process in creating music making it a perfect program for music
An audio mastering program allows amateur music makers to sound
professional. It can even make a common Joe sound like a music engineer after he
has made a CD compilation of music he downloaded. So what does it do? Well, an
audio mastering program sculpts and shapes the music by equalizing the sounds
and properly compressing them into a smooth and seamless soundtrack. By doing
so, the sounds are much clearer and crispier; the volume of the music components
are properly balanced; and finally, the music is intensified making the
soundtrack an enjoyable listening experience.
Don't get fooled! Mastering audio is not an easy thing to do... which is
the reason why it was done only by sound engineers in music studios until very
recently. But in this day and age, you don't have to have a degree in music
engineering to do audio mastering. Anyone can do it. But skills still need to be
developed. With the help of music making software, people can just get used to
the software and develop the skills required by fiddling around with the
There are normally 5 steps to audio mastering:
1. Adjusting volume to its maximum potential
2. Audio frequency equalization
3. Noise reduction processes
4. Encoding the music tracks to its final form
5. Check and edit possible flaws and errors
These steps are just a simplified version of how you can refine the music
that you've made. Using audio editing software, you can manipulate your music
depending on what you want exactly. Maybe at the beginning, your music designs
will be simple. But as you use the program with frequency, far more complicated
mastering can be achieved and you can be a professional music editor in no time.
It doesn't matter what skill level you have, audio mastering programs are
user-friendly and quite easy to navigate.
The available music mastering software in the market varies depending on
skill levels and requirements. Some people just want programs that will reduce
the noise of the music they caught live or downloaded. Others would want to
truly edit music to make it into a work of art. It really depends on how you
want to manipulate the music. Nonetheless, whatever your desires may be, the
proper software program will be readily available to suit your needs.
A word of warning: these programs are still not the same as those used by
music companies. Music companies use mastering programs designed to address the
needs of a professional music engineer and they are very expensive. These
industrial types of programs can manipulate music like no other. But the ones
that are readily available in the market can do a trick or two that will be fun
to do and probably not included in the professional version.
The whole point of a music making program is to make amateur music makers
sound professional, allow them to learn and hone their skills in music editing,
and allow them to have fun making music and listening to their work.
You never know, you may just have the knack for this and turn out to be
the next music sensation!
Justin East, an aspiring, critically acclaimed producer and music
enthusiast, is a leading authority on
a user friendly way to make your own beats at home.
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