What IS Audio Mastering?
Audio mastering involves taking the final song mixes from a recording session and preparing them for the end listener whether the medium is streaming, download, cd, or vinyl. These finishing touches typically include adjustments in tone and overall volume. Compression and audio spectrum adjustments may also be added in. Probably the best explanatory comparison is hanging a painting in a museum. While the painting is fundamental to the exhibit, proper lighting is also essential in showcasing the artwork. In audio terms mastering is the lighting: the final touch that shows off the song to best advantage!