The Basics of CD Mastering

Written by Ross MacIver

Recording a CD is a complicated process which calls onrepparttar skills of a great many people. The musicians must preparerepparttar 136503 initial musical material before heading intorepparttar 136504 recording studio to lay down tracks. The recording engineer is responsible for capturingrepparttar 136505 sounds and mixing them together. The mixing stage may be followed by an editing and processing stage, at which pointrepparttar 136506 recording is ready for audio CD mastering.

Audio CD mastering is a specialized field requiring musical knowledge, a technical background, and excellent ears. The mastering engineer has to be familiar with a broad range of musical styles and able to produce a final recording that sounds good on a variety of sound systems. He has to considerrepparttar 136507 requirements ofrepparttar 136508 artist andrepparttar 136509 producer and present a final recording that is satisfying to everyone involved.

Music is often recorded on multitrack tape, and afterrepparttar 136510 tracks have been recorded, they need to be mixed down to stereo. Each song can take anywhere from several hours to several days to mix down before beginning onrepparttar 136511 next song. Various songs may be mixed down at different time ofrepparttar 136512 day and with different people giving their opinions. This can result in an uneven sound between songs. The purpose of audio CD mastering is to give a consistent overall sound torepparttar 136513 entire CD project.

The Basics of Audio Recording

Written by Ross MacIver

Audio recording has been with us for more than a hundred years. The phonograph was invented by Thomas Edison in 1877. It recorded sound by producing grooves on a soft cylinder which could be played back by running a needle throughrepparttar grooves and amplifyingrepparttar 136502 sound.

The next major development in audio recording was magnetic recording. Tape recorders were developed in Germany and have been in common use fromrepparttar 136503 early 1930s up until recently. They are still being used, but are increasingly being supplanted by digital recorders.

Magnetic tape recorders have beenrepparttar 136504 essential tools inrepparttar 136505 development ofrepparttar 136506 recorded music industry. Withrepparttar 136507 introduction of multitrack tape recorders inrepparttar 136508 1950s, camerepparttar 136509 ability to produce new multilayered sounds. Audio recording using four track tape recorders wasrepparttar 136510 standard duringrepparttar 136511 1960s. Whenrepparttar 136512 first four tracks were completed, they were “bounced down” torepparttar 136513 first track of a second tape recorder. This allowedrepparttar 136514 creation of complex musical arrangements.

Allrepparttar 136515 major recording artists ofrepparttar 136516 1960s used four track tape recorders for their recordings. The limitation to this method of audio recording wasrepparttar 136517 buildup of noise asrepparttar 136518 tracks were bounced from one machine to another. This was overcome withrepparttar 136519 introduction of wider magnetic tape that could record 24 tracks or more. This meant that each instrument could be recorded on its own track without any appreciable buildup of noise.

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