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The Mastering Engineer’s Handbook, 3rd Edition by Bobby Owsinski

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5Mastering Tools

ALL TOOLS FOR MASTERING, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY’RE ANALOG OR DIGITAL, have two major features in common: extremely high sonic quality and repeatability. The sonic quality is a must in that any device in either the monitor or the processing chain should have the least effect possible on the signal. Repeatability is important (although less so now than in the days of vinyl) in that the exact settings must be repeated in the event that a project is redone (as in the case when additional masters or changes are called for weeks later).

While this feature isn’t much of a problem in the digital domain because the settings can be memorized, many analog mastering devices are still used in pro facilities. As a result, these hardware ...

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