The role of CD mastering in making your album sound good

Many people consider the mixing of separate audio tracks as the final step in the recording of a music album. However, the songs recorded should be mastered in order to sound good. When creating a compact disc, CD mastering is the final step for creating input. Once a disc is mastered it can be printed, reproduced and sold in the market.

There are several steps involved in the process of mastering a CD. Placing the songs in order is the first step followed by the levelling of volume for all the songs, adjusting the length of time between two songs and if required, editing the intros and ends of all the songs. If any secret or unlisted songs are present, also known as hidden tracks, they are supplemented in the album at this point.

There are different ways to master a CD. Usually, professional musicians with major recording contracts send the mix to a professional CD mastering engineer. Mastering engineers are different from normal recording studios, as they work in their own mastering facilities.

CDs can not only be mastered by professional CD mastering engineers but can also be mastered at home through computer software. For unsigned musicians or artists, this option is far more realistic. The CD may sound excellent or it may sound unprofessional and blurry, depending on the skill of the person doing the mastering and the quality of software used in the mastering process.

CDs can also be mastered online. This technique is very convenient but may require a high speed internet connection. In order to sound good and listenable, each and every song played on the radio is mastered.

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