Mastering Engineer Bob Owsinski says it best: ““Mastering is the process of turning a collection of songs into a record by making them sound like they belong together in tone, volume, and timing” .

Mastering is the final stage in the record production process. After all the individual songs have mixed, a mastering engineer’s job is to make all the songs sound cohesive as a body of work. This includes evening out volume levels and tonal balance, adding EQ and compression, and getting the songs to sound as loud as possible without conceding quality.

Mastering should give your mixes more punch, depth, and clarity. It’s also an opportunity to smooth over any imperfections that may have been missed in the mix. The final “master” is the version of the album from which all other copies will be duplicated.

Check out our infographic that gives a little more explanation on what mastering does.