What is Mastering?
Mastering is often a fairly misunderstood process, especially in more recent times with such strong emphasis placed upon its importance. It has however, always been an important process. In the days of disc cutting (making vinyl records), in order to get the best results, the Mastering Engineer had to be familiar with the operation of the cutting lathe as well as the limitations imposed by the vinyl medium.
In todays digital age, traditional mastering values remain the same. It's the final opportunity to hear your master on an accurate set of monitor speakers. To make any final enhancements to the dynamics and, if necessary, process the sound to get the best possible result from the medium to which it is being recorded. This ensures that it stands up competitively against other product.