Mastering is one of those things that it can be easy to skip out on. If
you have never had really great mastering done, it can be hard to hear
the difference between your mastered and unmastered record.
Unfortunately, many of the people you want to impress with your music do
know the difference between a well mastered record and an unmastered or
poorly mastered record.
As we have discussed previously, one of
the worst things you can do is leave something to the listener’s
imagination. Music listeners are used to a finished product that sounds
and feels great without apologies. Mastering is one of those thing that
while many listeners can’t place what is wrong with a track, they can
tell something just isn’t right.
A good master will make your
record work better than it did before. Whether you make lo-fi art rock
or polished pop, the mastering will make what you do a little better. You
do not want to miss out on opportunities you may have had if you would
just spring for some decent mastering.