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Mastering Isn't a Dark Art, It's Just Misunderstood

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This article originally appeared on TuneCore.

 

At Sage Audio Mastering, we realize that, for years, mastering has been viewed as "mysterious." It has been described as a “Dark Art,” and some think of it as the “Wizard” behind the curtain. Most people within the music industry don’t know what actually happens in the mastering stage, even though every single song that ever gets heard has likely been deemed “mastered” and ready for release.

Here's How Home Audio Has Evolved Over 162 Years

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Each one of us can measure how home audio has evolved during our own lifetimes, whether it's from vinyl records to CDs or cassettes to Spotify. But even before hot wax became most consumers' favorite way to listen to popular music, home audio had already experienced nearly 100 years of changes.

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Aug 22, 2018 06:00 AM

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How to Overcome Vocal Fatigue Before a Recording Session

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Vocal fatigue is one of the most compromising conditions a singer or vocalist can face, and when it comes to recording, anything less than your best performance just won't do. Some describe vocalists and singers as athletes, and you should adopt the same mindset not only in regards to practice and training, but also caring for your voice in order to avoid vocal fatigue.

5 Musical Formats to Tide Fans Over Between Full Albums (Part 2)

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As I already discussed in part one, sharing music in many different formats and forms between full albums is a great career move because it keeps your name (and your art, of course) on people’s minds, and it allows you to dedicate the necessary time to your craft in order to ensure you’re really doing your next album justice.

In the previous post, I discussed five options that would work for many musicians when it comes to in-between projects, and in this continuation, I’ll give you five more. I wouldn’t suggest choosing  multiple options — you might delay finishing a new album for several years — but one or two before a proper record comes wouldn’t be a bad idea!

5 Musical Formats to Tide Fans Over Between Full Albums (Part 1)

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Releasing an album is hard. It’s what most musicians want to do the most (that and play live), but it is also one of the most difficult things you’ll have to do as a working artist. One of the things that can make the process so stressful is how long it takes and how many resources it eats up.

Between writing, rehearsing, perfecting, recording, mixing, mastering, and actually releasing the collection (which also typically includes a promotional campaign and shooting music videos), years can go by between proper full-lengths, but in today’s fast-paced musical world, that is not the best way to keep your career on the fast track.