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Mastering and pre-mastering

When we generally speak about mastering, this is a mistake. Most of the time, we're speaking about pre-mastering, the mastering being the step where we transfers the data of the hard disk on a certain type of disc which happens to be the main copy for the reproduction.

Mastering Pré-mastering

The steps of pre-mastering

  1. It is necessary to be concerned with equalization of the tracks so that they are homogeneous.
  2. It is necessary to obtain a maximum of subjective level on CD. Why increase the total sound when you can simply increase volume? Since the nineties, there was this tendency to do that. And on a compilation, it is not very cool to be on a terribly low level compared with the others.
  3. We assemble then the music tracks of CD in the desired order.
  4. A final file is created, "CD tape master". It is this one which will be sent to the mastering.

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