Audio Mastering is very important in electronic music, it can make your music go from good to great. However, there is a big debate if you should master yourself or if you should get it professional mastering!
First of all, what are the differences?
Professional audio mastering means going to an external company (professional recording studio) and paying them to mix and master your tracks, while DIY mastering is when you master your own tracks.
Benefits of DIY Mastering
- You are in complete control of the end result
- You don’t need to depend on anyone else
- Inexpensive (only real cost is plugins and time)
Drawbacks of DIY Mastering
- If inexperienced, it will result in a poorly mastered track
- Could sound unprofessional
- Will need to pay a lot for professional plugins and gear
Benefits of Professional Mastering
- Will result in a professional sounding track
- The whole mastering process will be done by a professional mastering engineer
- Don’t need to pay for plugins or hardware and doesn’t cost you your own time
Drawbacks of Professional Mastering
- End result might not sound like you want
- Could take weeks for your track to be mastering if its a busy studio
- Higher costs for you
Some people argue that if you don’t master your own tracks, you aren’t a real producer. I disagree with this but I tend to master my own tracks. This is because I am in complete control of the end result, but I also have more than 10 years of experience in musical production. For those at the beginning of the road I recommend them to call someone else to make their master or learn as much in this field until it can get quality results. Hopefully, the end result will sound exactly like you want.What do you prefer? Feel free to leave your comments below.
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