What is audio mastering?After the mixing engineer has mixed down all of the tracks, the mastering engineer goes to work. She must put the songs in order, taking care not to have too many similar sounding, or themed songs in a row, yet maintain a composition that could be played in sets. All of the levels have to be matched to one another between songs. Transitions from one song to the next must be created. These can be fade ins, abrupt switches or silences. The mastering engineer must also get the entire album to be as loud as possible without being distorted. Last but not least he must generate the PQ code for a CD.
Generating your own code allows you to insert special markers so that your music can be recognized instantly on-line and even over radio. Recognition is the key to receiving your royalty payments. Transition control allows you to customize the way your songs begin and end instead of being forced to use two second spaces for every track.