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source of reference track for mastering
Old 14th March 2018
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source of reference track for mastering

For mastering I'm going to use reference material and already know exactly what. My question is what should the source of the reference material be for best results? For example should I buy the song on itunes, download from youtube, get a from a official CD copy, another way?

I know these sites already do some processing to tracks.

Does it matter? What are your recommendations?
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For mastering I'm going to use reference material and already know exactly what. My question is what should the source of the reference material be for best results? For example should I buy the song on itunes, download from youtube, get a from a official CD copy, another way?

I know these sites already do some processing to tracks.

Does it matter? What are your recommendations?
theoretically anything 44.1k 16 bit is fine
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For mastering I'm going to use reference material and already know exactly what. My question is what should the source of the reference material be for best results? For example should I buy the song on itunes, download from youtube, get a from a official CD copy, another way?

I know these sites already do some processing to tracks.

Does it matter? What are your recommendations?
Get a reference recording from wherever you know it hasn't been processed after mastering. Anything that is lossy compression I would avoid. I would think an official CD would be best. YouTube I wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole, and I'd be skeptic about iTunes as well.

I suppose the other way of thinking about it however is that if it sounds fine on your system and you want that sound then it works as a reference....

....but I'd buy the disk...
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