Mastering, the process of preparing complete mixes for CD replication, is truly an art form. It’s also one of the fastest growing fields in the music industry. IAEA boasts the midwest’s only dedicated mastering suite, outfitted with the best mastering equipment available – and our instructors have years of professional mastering experience under their belts. In this class, our students learn what it takes to master a CD to perfection and deliver any modern streaming format. Techniques we cover include stylistically dependent equalization, compression and limiting techniques, the art of matching the sound of multiple mixes for CD program uniformity, balancing CD mixes through frequency and dynamics analysis, using hardware and software mastering tools, audio impact analysis of first mixes verses mastered mixes, learning CD mastering program indexing standards, the physical preparation of a mastered CD, and communication and client relations skills during the mastering process.