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Chapter 19. Mastering > Do-It-Yourself Mastering

Do-It-Yourself Mastering

The previous sections of this chapter assume that you're taking your songs to a professional engineer for mastering. If that's your plan, you can use this chapter to help create a set of detailed notes that you can take to the mastering session. You will know when tracks should be faded in and faded out, you'll have a good idea about which tracks need EQ to make them fit into the whole CD, and you'll have some ideas about other changes that may need to be made.

While a top-flight mastering engineer will truly make a dramatic difference in the sound of a final CD, there are situations where the best idea is to master your own CD. For example, you may not be able to afford mastering, you may be putting together only a rough CD to use for promotion, or you may be making a CD just to send to other musicians to help them learn material. If you decide to master your own songs, you have a few more steps to complete:


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