A Guide to Mastering for Digital Distribution

By Rob Schlette (posted at theproaudiofiles.com)

To be precise, mastering for digital distribution isn’t mastering at all, in most cases. Rather, it’s premastering. This article will help you know what to ask for from your mastering engineer.

The so-called ‘mastering’ process is actually two related, but operationally discrete sub-processes:

Premastering, which encompasses all of the aesthetic decisions related to preparing a set of mixes for an audience. Premastering answers any questions related to what the record is going to sound like.
Mastering, which is the process of creating the delivery media that will allow the audience to access the material. Mastering includes...  Read full article