Mastering is one of those things – it’s often spoken of in hushed tones, for fear that the Wizards of Mastering Engineering might overhear and smite thee with a curse. Everybody’s told they need it, few are told why, and even fewer really know what’s going on.
About Eric Oehler
Senior Engineer Founder and owner of Submersible Studios, Eric enjoys talking about microphones and buying audio software he doesn't especially need. He also spends an awful lot of time with a RTA and a reference mic trying to get the acoustics of the studio juuuust right.
People rarely ask me what they should do when they’re going to submit a demo/compilation/EP/album/whatever to get mastered. I’ve had plenty of discussions to this effect, though, with other people who do this for a living, and they all end up saying pretty much the same thing. Here are a few simple admonitions for musicians young and old…
Your studio is a big box. It may be an oddly-shaped big box. It may have doors or walls where you don't expect it. But it’s really a box.