London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 29, 2011 -- Mastering has been labelled a "black art" or "voodoo" but the fact is it's simply a process which uses the finest audio equipment to resolve details in the music that the mix engineer and artists did not previously hear. It is an important procedure that comes at the end of the musical production stages of recording and mixing. For many it has been an area which is shrouded in mystery. Webmaster and mastering engineer Barry Gardner says:
"Audio mastering is a very important process in the audio production procedure, it is a final quality control check, an objective set of ears, a final stage to correct problems which previously went unheard. As such it needs to be clearly understood by the person seeking the service. Sometimes people are not quite sure what to expect and what mastering can and cannot do for a mix before it gets released. The new website I have created "whatisaudiomastering.com" is meant to demystify and clarify what the process is and offers good information about how to make effective choices."
The online mastering model can be a little overwhelming for musicians, producers, bands and record labels. There is so much choice and there are many websites that are simply text only pushing mastering services without any pictures of real and tangible equipment, no engineering history, no recent clients list and no audio samples. Being informed is important when choosing mastering and research also needs to be done. This new website puts a lot of information all in one place so better decisions can be made. Gardner continues:
"When you search online there are hundreds of websites offering mastering. Who do you choose? What key pointers should you look out for? Is there anything you should be specifically wary of? What is audio mastering.com provides this information and greatly assists musicians in making a the right choice for their music mastering needs."
There is no doubt that choosing online mastering can be a tricky procedure for musicians but a website like this is bound to make the process less complex and ensure that good well informed choices are made.