Mastering is the final post-production process before a song or an album distribution. It is both a technical and creative process that involves equalization, compression, distortion, harmonic generation, stereo imaging and includes following certain loudness standards based on the medium on which a project is distributed. It is divided into three subcategories which are dynamics processing, temporal processing and spectral processing. To achieve a great sounding master there are various tools used like compressors, mid-side equalizers, limiters, delays and many more within the subcategories.
Dynamics in relation to audio production is the range in level between the quietest and loudest signals and the measured distance between them. With that being said dynamics processing is the use of certain tools to alter or affect the relationships the two ranges. The most common relationship in music is of the kick … Read the rest