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Old 27th June 2019
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Originally Posted by motomotomoto View Post
Sounds like we aren’t that far off in our opinions. What the engineers were doing in your examples would fall under producing or mixing more than mastering imo. When I think mastering, I think taking a single audio file and processing it to get the final master, not recreating entire drum patterns or resampling sections of the song.
To me, mastering is doing whatever is required to make the track sound good. If you are simply taking an audio output file and tweaking it and it still doesn't sound good, it's not mastered in my opinion. People rush through "mastering" these days.