This is a question I receive quite often. Should I get my rap or hip-hop beats mastered before I release them for sale on my website, soundclick, beatport, etc.? Well the answer is…it depends. How seriously do you take your music? Would you like to make a living off of your beats or is it more of a hobby? Do you want your beats to stand with the best? If you feel your music deserves to reach its full potential, then audio mastering is absolutely essential.
What is Mastering?
Audio mastering is the final stage in the production of a song or album. A mastering engineer uses a careful combination of compression, equalization, and limiting to adjust and enhance your mix. If needed, mastering can add clarity, punch, warmth, depth, loudness, and stereo width to your mix. A skilled mastering engineer is a second set of ears for your production, using his/her expertise to give you mix exactly what it needs to sound as professional and commercial as possible. Additionally, mastering will ensure the best possible translation across all types of sound systems. Your beast need to sound great everywhere; in the car, in the club, or even on the PA system at your local supermarket. You want your rap beats to be slamming no matter where they are played!… Continue Reading