Mastering Dance Music

Apart from the technical know-how, mastering dance music calls for fine listening ability as well as insight into the form of music. It guarantees that the quality of sound, when played in the format that works on club sound system, is excellent. Not only that, it sounds good even on headphones.

This is possible only if the mastering engineer is able to present the preview of how the music is going to work on the larger system. It requires a 3-way system like the high-end PMC IB1 monitor boasting excellent transmission system enhanced through bass ducts, and 10 inch drivers. What it offers is detailed information of sound to assist the process of mastering the dance music.

It is necessary to check what type of speakers are being used in mastering studios before making the choice of one for your music. This is because small speakers cannot present the exact picture to the engineer as to how it will work out on the larger systems used in clubs. Also check out the preview that is offered free-of-charge and the ability of the engineer who is going to handle your project.

The task under consideration is intended to achieve balanced effectiveness, power, details and loudness. However, the tracks worked upon must offer the best compromise between volume and clarity, and space and details they contain. Sonesta Mastering holds the boast of both competence and experience to produce exactly the kind of work its clients seek from it. Its functionality combines state-of-the-art analogue equipment with the efficiency of the best software technology. These go a long way to help achieve the best results.

Besides tools and expert engineers, mastering dance music also brings within its purview such forms of music and musical instruments and effects as drums, bass, house, trance, techno, psy trance, break beat, etc. Only a mastering engineer who is familiar with all these aspects can offer excellent and satisfactory work no matter which artist or genre he works with. If you offer him clear-cut idea about the perceived levels you are seeking, and, also, reference tracks, that will be a plus. When mastering work is carried out, it will be reflected in the betterment of stronger parts of the music and the overall improvement in its weaker aspects which will be clearly marked when it is played back on different sound systems.

A very important thing to be taken care of while mastering dance music is the bass content of the track. To achieve proper bass level, check out some really good tracks as reference points which belong to the same genre you are dealing with. Then, lower the level of the reference track on your system so that it comes near to your mix. What is gained by this exercise is that you can form some idea about the kick drum sub bass/attack level of the reference track and assess the bass line of your own mix. It removes the need for radically equalizing lower frequencies, lends punch to the low-end mix and reduces adverse effects of very low frequency equalizing.

As for the issues related to the use of ITB tools, what needs to be said is that softwares are always a great help in doing things systematically but very impressive results can be obtained by using high-end analogue equipment technically enhanced with valves and audio transformers.

Finally, what should be born in mind is that there is more than one way to jazz up and raise the character of the mix, and these will depend to a large extent on the plus and minus points of the mix to be mastered. Sonesta Mastering guarantees all possible assistance which your mix calls for, analogue help included.

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