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  What is Mastering?      
         
  Why is there a mix up between Mixing and Mastering? This is a question many people have...which most skip the step of mastering even with an explanation from an engineer...BIG MISTAKE! Believe whatever you want but this is an explanation from NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants).  

Once you have finished recording and mixing your songs, the tracks are shaped, sculpted, scooped, equalized, compressed, and finessed into sonic splendor (well, you hope) through the audio process known as mastering. Mastering is what gives depth, punch, clarity and volume to your tracks. It is part science, part craft, and part alchemy. . . just like songwriting, singing, performing and recording.

"Loud vs. Proud."
Contrary to popular belief, mastering is only a little about making a hotter sound. While it's true that the gain, or volume level, is boosted during mastering, it may be that raw decibels are the least critical aspect of the process. What's important is the way mastering makes songs sound. It's because in the end, mastering is less about "loud" and more about "proud."

 
       
 

Mastering is widely misunderstood, often mangled, and sometimes mistaken for mixing. So, what is mastering? It's the audio step that comes just before manufacturing a CD. Some people would even say it's a crucial step.