|You've already spent a great deal of time and money in the studio getting your music ready for production. So, why Master and exactly what is it?|
Mastering is the final step of audio production prior to cutting the master used to create your production CDs. Tracks may have been recorded over a span of time, perhaps in different studios with different engineers, and can have notably different sound characteristics. This is often true even when tunes are concisely tracked and mixed. Beyond that, studio control rooms are not the best environments for delicate audio balancing and mixing engineers working on albums for labels assume that their work will be finished by a mastering engineer.
Good mastering should not dramatically alter your work! It's a cleaning, levelling and polishing process that can unify your tracks into a cohesive collection, "open up" your sound on the top end while focusing the bottom and remove some of the mud you might never have heard in the studio. Mastering can't make bad tracks sound great but it can make even very good tracks sound better.
And, mastering provides a fresh set of ears and perspective. James Pease has mastered hundreds of albums in all styles, from rock to jazz to classical, and approaches each album as a unique entity with its own needs.
CD Mastering services are accomplished with state-of-the-art digital tools and, when called for, an array of professional legacy analog tools.