Welcome to the 12th chapter of John Christian’s Studio Sessions.
The fourth subject that John approaches is ‘Mastering’. He structures this matter within 3 chapters.
In the final chapter about mastering John explains how he creates a loud, clean and bright master with a really wide stereo image. He reveals some personal tricks, which are helpful to keep all the transients in place although the music is being processed a lot.
Mastering, back in the days, was done by audio engineers in external specialised studios and had a complete different purpose than how dance-producers often use it these days. Mastering was meant to compile albums which were recorded in different studios to achieve one overall sound. The mastering engineer than made a package (this used to be a tape) which he could send to a vinyl or cd press fabric. Nowadays a lot of producers are thinking that mastering is the secret ingredient to make a track sound as good as the ones from the bigger names. However mastering a track is very important but doing a proper mix down is equally or even more important in John’s opinion. It all requires trained and critical listening and the main purpose of mastering is to create optimal translation of the production on all playback systems.
John Christian goes through Mastering techniques within chapter #10, #11 and #12. If you have any technical question regarding this Studio Sessions, you can place your comments on www.facebook.com/DJJohnChristian