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Ready for Mastering at Last!!!
Yes, folks, it's been a long time coming, but I can now announce that my full album, Reality Changes, is officailly fully mixed and ready to be mastered. Hooray!!!
I finished the final track, The Long Forgotten Feeling, on Saturday 26 December, 2016. All it took was a little bit of tweaking, tightening up some of the volume levels on various guitar tracks and adjusting the bass eq and level as well as. It wasn't a long session, but once it was complete, I knew that I had a take I'd be happy with.
And now, to the Mastering Studio!
And what is mastering, I hear you ask?
According to Wikipedia: "Mastering, a form of audio post production, is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source containing the final mix to a data storage device (the master); the source from which all copies will be produced (via methods such as pressing, duplication or replication)."
I'd describe mastering as the process of optimising the final mix for CD production and digital distribution. It is an artform requring a great deal of experience and expertise. The mastering process can literally make or break an album. And this is why I'm going to master Reality Changes at Benchmark Studios, in Blaxland, Sydney.
Don Bartley, mastering engineer extraordinaire, has worked with a plethora of major and independent artists and brings over four decades of experience to the mastering process. His credits are extensive and include artists such as: Metallica, Alanis Morisette, Duran Duran, The Beatles Sergeant Pepper's Ltd Edition vinyl, Silverchair, Slim Dusty, Nick Cave, Powderfinger, The Saints, Inxs, Cold Chisel, Missy Higgins, Paul Kelly, Midnight Oil ... and the list goes on and on.
I am stoked to be mastering Reality Changes with Don Bartley at Benchmark! I'll give you all a head's up closer to the time! And will report of the mastering process after the session.
See ya later, Simon