CD mastering is the stage of the audio production process used to enhance audio and prepare the final pre-master used for replication and distribution. It is the last stage where decisions about the audio quality and presentation are made, and is therefore of critical importance to your final product.

The mastering process includes the following:
  • Overall equalization for clarity and consistency
  • Making volume levels appropriate to maintain consistency across the album
  • Editing of content
  • Provide proper spacing and fades
  • Noise removal
  • Sequencing of the songs or audio material
  • Creating any materials needed for replication (e.g. PQ lists, final pre-master, etc.)
  • Helps to ensure that the audio will "translate" well between different playback systems
  • Provides an informed and experienced objective "ear" to the mixing process