What Is Mastering?

Today we discuss the topic of mastering. Freddie from Distinct Mastering goes in depth about what mastering is, what mastering is not, and why mastering is important for your music. Don’t get left behind while other tracks sound louder and more polished.

0:00 Start
00:34 What Is Mastering
00:58 File Formats
01:15 Why Should You Master Your Music?
01:34 What’s the Difference Between Mixing and Mastering?
02:01 Preparing Your Files For Mastering
02:09 What Mastering Is Not
03:01 Outro


  1. What Is Mastering? – The purpose of mastering is to balance all of the sonic elements in the stereo mix and to optimize playback among all media formats and playback devices available on the market today.
  2. File Formats – Back in the day the mastering house would provide the final “master.” These days since everything is mostly digital we will supply all required formats needed for distribution among multiple platforms or vinyl.
  3. Why Should You Master Your Music? – Mastering will ensure that your music will be heard among all platforms as best as it can.
  4. What’s the Difference Between Mixing and Mastering? – An example is given about the differences between mixing and mastering.
  5. What Mastering Is Not – Examples of common misconceptions or mistakes about mastering.

Thanks for watching this video and hopefully it helps you understand what mastering is and why you need to get your music professionally mastered. Make sure to subscribe on YouTube HERE for weekly tips and tricks. All first-time clients receive a free stereo-mastered sample, inquire to get your free sample now.



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