Software doesn't master music.
Extremely talented and experienced
professional musician/engineers master music.
Music recording is accomplished in three steps. First comes the recording process. This is recording all of the instruments and vocals. Recording doesn't include processing the tracks, just recording each them at a nominal volume.
Mixing. Once the tracks are recorded, they are then blended together, or mixed. This is where the tracks (individual instruments, drums, and vocal parts) start sounding like songs. This involves setting the individual track levels to harmoniously work well together. This is also where the Engineer adds "signal processing" such as compression or EQ (equalization) to shape the individual sound.
Mastering. The final stage of the recording process is called mastering. Mastering is setting and controlling the final tweaks and touches of each song individually, setting the relative volumes of each song, controlling the order in which the songs will be played, and establishing the overall timing of the project. Nothing is more
disturbing and audibly
disruptive than songs
playing at differing volumes.
Mastering is essentially the final step before sending the project to be duplicated. Mastering is a process to be handled by experienced professionals. Rookies and fledgling audiophiles simply don't have the years of experience and seasoned fine touch required to properly "master" recordings.
There is much more to mastering music than purchasing and setting up the very expensive software and hardware needed for this craft. That's the quick and easy part. Knowing instinctively how to use the equipment comes only from many years of experience at many levels in the music industry.
This level of expertise and understanding is what separates engineers like David Shipley from the all too abundant music-mill services available on the Internet today.
snailmail: 108 Foxwood Lane • Franklin, Tn 37064
talk with Dave personally at 615-297-3929