Mastering

As mentioned in previous posts, I have spent the past few years recording music at my home studio in the hopes of releasing an album. This past year I encountered a pretty devastating hard drive failure and lost everything, except for the mix-downs that I had saved to my phone for offline review.

Imagine creating a picture by placing 10,000 tiny marbles on a table. It’s something you do in your spare time so it takes a long time. Every time you feel like you’ve made a lot of progress, you take a picture so that you can study what you want to do next. And after a few years, all of the marbles are generally in place, but some of them aren’t quite right, so you keep making adjustments and taking pictures to study when you have a free moment. Now imagine that you’ve hired a new cleaning person, and even though you specifically locked the door to the room with your marble picture, the cleaner goes in and puts all the marbles in a nice bag for you so that the table can be wiped off. All of your work is gone. You can do two things: start over or just start showing people the pictures you took.

I’m going to show you the pictures I took. And similar to putting my picture in a nice frame, I’m going to see what professional mastering does to spruce it up. I sent a song over to Universal Mastering Studios to see what kind of results I get. I’ll let you know how it turns out.