So why doesn’t the mix engineer simply take on the task of mastering too? A mastered track should sound as good as possible on as many playback systems as possible, achieving a professional and consistent sound whether listened to on a car stereo, club soundsystem, cheap earphones, television, mobile phone, and so on. A producer or mix engineer has likely spent countless hours creatively blending multiple elements together to craft the final mix, and in doing so has ‘overlistened’ to the track in the same studio, which may not be the ideal listening environment. The mastering engineer is a final, experienced pair of ears that can objectively listen to the track, correct errors introduced by an imperfect mixing studio, and transparently sweeten a piece of music further.
Fans and listeners are used to hearing modern music coated with a professionally-mastered ‘sheen’ - sparkling highs, deep bass, consistent frequency spread and dynamic balance. Today’s
songs and albums must compete with other professional records. A skilled mastering engineer has the equipment, experience and ears to help a mix sit beside other commercial releases, adding that final 5-10% of polish.
Collections of individual tracks - whether destined for an EP, album or compilation - can each sound tonally and dynamically separate from each other. The mastering engineer will ensure the final collection of songs all sit together as a single cohesive product.
Having said all that, many of us do now choose to master our own tracks at home, so we want to help you to make the best job of it that you possibly can. Head on over to our Mastering week hubpage for tips, tutorials and advice from the pros.
What They’re Saying
Maetta Records has been in charge of the final mastering process of several tracks of mine proudly published in labels such as Clinique, 3xA & Whole Story Lab.
Great work, always in time and excellent communication.
Flim at Maetta Records is amazing. Not only has he offered me valuable feedback on how to improve the sound quality in my music for my mix-down, but his mastering skills leave my music sounding crisp and next level. I highly recommend Flim's mastering services.
DJ Miss Kittie
Flim at Maetta handles all of my mastering and I love how he makes my tracks Shine!!!
Work absolutely professional, my music sounds so perfect now !! I recommend Maetta, the relationship is so fantastic !! I will work again with them for sure !!!!!
Flim from Maetta Records helped me master a very special remix that I made. I’d worked on it for about 4 months and I was and still am very connected to this track. Firstly Flim gave me some amazing feedback on the track, alterations that I could make to improve the track, issues that I couldn’t even hear. After fixing them Flim mastered the track for me perfectly, sounds as good as the mastering of a top 10 techno song. I hope to work again with Maetta in the near future and hope to also collaborate on something with Flim