Aspiring musicians are often reluctant to delegate the task of music mastering to a professional considering it as an extraneous process. In actual fact, mastering is like the ornament devoid of which a song can’t get irreproachable sonic quality, many are still ignorant of the consequences of hiring a music mastering engineer, hence, let’s discuss on this –
- You may have spent hundreds of hours with the recordings; naturally, you know every quirk and note that makes it harder for you to find the flaws. After pouring heart and soul into the song it's natural to develop “tunnel vision”, you might preoccupy with something that is actually trivial while overlooking something important that make the song cacophonous. A professional mastering engineer is competent to understand which elements of the recording needs to be highlighted and which should be eliminated.
- Growing number of aspiring musicians now prefer creating music at home based studio, though advanced recording equipment has become more accessible and prices of it continue to drop but still, sometimes it falls short to match the quality of an album recorded in the traditional studio. Unless and until the home studio is built with an ear towards early reflections, negating nodes, standing waves and other sonic anomalies you won’t be able to perceive every sound of the room that may have an impact on your mixes. This is specifically true in case of lower frequencies and virtually impossible to control with usual acoustic treatment, thus more or less low-frequency content may remain to the mix and causes number of issues like muddy or boomy sound and you may fail to balance the fundamentals. An acoustically treated mastering room can reproduce the frequencies ranging from ~20Hz to 20kHz and professional mastering studios even that provide affordable mixing and mastering services are equipped with an advanced monitoring system that can perfectly playback these frequencies.
- Even if you record and mix your song in the recording studio, you can’t apply mastering techniques on the song there, as typically the monitoring systems of recording studios are designed for recording and mixing the playback, these systems undoubtedly sound great but represent merely one sonic picture regarding how the mix will sound. Even with a number of monitoring systems, it becomes impossible for a mixer to identify how the final mix would sound on every device; you need special high-end device for it, available only in mastering studios. Professional mastering studio has multiple monitoring systems built from high-quality cabling, transparent amplifiers, precision-built converts, routing matrices, subwoofers and mastering specific monitors. Idyllically, all the music intended to produce for mass distribution must pass through these abovementioned devices and must be free from certain frequency content during the compression process. Making use of instruments engineered to emulate the process an audio mastering engineer can ensure your album can stand up to other albums.
Audio mastering engineer who has the experience of working with varied genres of music has reliable empirical experience. In combination with ears, monitoring environment, equipment, and objectivity, they can have a better perspective of the song and its existing flaws. Leave all the reasons aside, the competency of a professional makes it a viable decision to hire them. With the advent of mastering music online concept now even musicians working with meager budget.