DEFINE AUDIO MASTERING

INPUT

CONTENTS

I/O: INPUT

    MIXDOWN

         Mix Guidelines

         Accepted Formats

    UPLOAD

         Secure File Uploader

I/O: PROCESS

    SAMPLE RATE CONVERSION

         PCM Sample Rates

         DSD Sample Rates    

    REPAIR

    START/END/FADES

    SWEETENING

         Equalization

         Dynamics Processing

    LOUDNESS

         Defining Loudness

         Master Loudness

         Loudness Normalization

    EXPORT

         Studio Master Formats

         Preparing for Digital Delivery

I/O: OUTPUT

    MP3/AAC CODEC CHECK

         Lossy File Formats

         Peak Levels

         Test Encode/Decode

    REFERENCE FILES

         MP3/AAC Reference Files

         Metadata

         Master Approval

    WAV MASTER CREATION

         2496 WAV Masters

         2444 WAV Masters

         1644 WAV Masters

         The Digital EP/Album: Metadata

         The Digital EP/Album: Assembly

         QC 

    VINYL PRE-MASTER CREATION

         Mastering for Vinyl       

         Assembly

         Vinyl Pre-master Format

         QC

    CD PRE-MASTER CREATION

         CD Basics

         Subcode Data

         Metadata

         Assembly     

         CD Pre-master Format

         QC   

    DELIVERY MASTERS

         WAV Masters/Vinyl Pre-masters

         CD Pre-master

    DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION

I/O: WORDS

I/O TECHNICAL HANDBOOK

AUDIO MASTERING has been described as something of a dark art practiced by enigmatic sonic alchemists. The I/O Technical Handbook aims to dispel some of the mystery with an explanation of both the creative and technical steps involved in audio mastering.

I/O details the audio mastering process at Mindtree Mastering in four comprehensive parts:

INPUT An overview of mix submission including mix guidelines, accepted PCM and DSD formats, and secure file upload.

PROCESS The process of mastering a mix including information on sample rate conversion, audio repair, sweetening, loudness, and streaming.

OUTPUT Detailed information on master and reference file delivery formats and lossy and lossless coding, digital distribution, and secure file download.

WORDS A glossary of technical terms related to audio mastering.

Through knowledge comes good sound.

Chris Adler

Mindtree Mastering

M2docs

Digital Music Delivery Platform Specifications

Format and loudness normalization (LN) specifications (if applicable) for the major digital distribution and streaming platforms.

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