Thanks to technology today it has become so much easier to actually record an album of your own. A good band with a decent ear no longer has to shell out a ton of money for the privilege of recording in a studio. You can now have your own studio right in the basement and record a damn good album.
But once you get your heart and soul recorded on tape, or more likely digital media, is it really finished and ready to be released to he world? In a word, NO! There will be many little problems on the recording such as pops, clicks, equalization issues, etc. This is where the services of a good Mastering Engineer come in.
The music mastering studio is very different from a normal audio recording studio. The room is set up in such a way as to perfect the acoustics of the room to accurately monitor sound. The mastering engineer needs to hear in detail each mix. By working with an experienced mastering engineer, the recording artist is also open to more creative opinions and technical advice.
Your recorded material, ideally at the original resolution, is processed using equalization, compression, limiting, noise reduction and other mastering processes such as editing, pre-gapping, leveling, fading in and out, noise reduction and other signal restoration and enhancement processes. The songs are also put in the proper order, commonly referred to as assembly or (track) sequencing.
In our travels we came across a great company for these needed services. Check out Sound Affair Ltd. They have been doing it for over 30 years and have put there touch on some great albums. They have the only complete Focusrite Blue Mastering system in North America. Trust us it makes a difference. Thy are located in Santa Ana, California but you do not need to even attend your mastering session. you can upload your files directly to them using FTP on their website. They offer test masterings and free consultations. When you have the need, get in touch and give them a try.