Now You Can Master Recordings on an iPad

Creating a final master for a recording is part art, part science, part voodoo.  To do it properly requires a dedicated studio and someone with exquisitely tuned ears.  

Or at least it used to.  Now there’s an app for that.  And it costs just $9.99.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Now You Can Master Recordings on an iPad

  • May 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm
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    The old saying goes, "Mastering your own album is like performing self dentistry". So…perhaps a $9.99 root canal app in the near future?

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  • May 15, 2013 at 8:36 am
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    Great. "Mastered by iTunes" takes on a whole new meaning.

    The reason why mastering is part Voodoo is because it involves knowledge that comes from tonnes of critical listening…how frequencies affect each other…how frequencies outside the audible spectrum affect those within the audible spectrum. Its not just pushing a fader up and down. Hell, there are people WITHIN the industry who don't understand the division between where a mix engineer leaves off and a mastering engineer picks up. If industry peeps have a hard time with it, how does the home do-it-yourselfer figure it out?

    Now mastering with piezo speakers is supposed to be "as good as". Once again, the old adage kicks in. Just because you CAN (master on an ipad) doesn't mean you SHOULD (master on an ipad).

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