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What Do Mastering Engineers Actually Do?

VIDEO By Sam Inglis
Published February 2021

Mastering is a job that is widely misunderstood and misrepresented. Can it really turn lead into musical gold? Or is it just a waste of money? 

To complement Sound On Sound's recent in-depth series of tutorials, in this video Editor In Chief Sam Inglis explains why mastering engineers are necessary, what they can do for us, and whether we can really replace them with plug-ins!

And here's the series of video tutorials that Sam refers to:

Mastering Essentials: The SOS Techniques Guide

Published February 2021