Music Mastering: Digital vs. Analog

At Midnight Mastering in South Florida, the art of music mastering is our passion. With 20+ years of experience in the music industry, we take your music to the next level. Our music mastering studio is designed and curated with the best technology and acoustics in the industry allowing us to utilize both digital and analog mastering to perfect our client’s work. If you’re curious about the differences and why we utilize both, keep on reading. If you have questions about mastering, reach out to us today!

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What is Digital Mastering?

Digital mastering is the use of software to carefully make adjustments to a track and already existing mix. So what are the perks of digital mastering? Because digital mastering utilizes software to make adjustments, any tuning done to a track can be very detailed, and very small adjustments can be made. Digital mastering also makes distribution easier in today’s music world as most music is digitally downloaded and is often utilized by EDM artists since their music is all digitally produced.

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What is Analog Mastering?

Analog mastering is the use of physical equipment to adjust a track. If you take a look at our mastering studio, we have a state-of-the-art analog soundboard that we use for all of our analog mastering. Analog mastering is known to produce a warmer tone and full-bodied sound that many people are quite fond of. This is a perk of running the sound directly through a hardware unit. Check out our analog equipment on our site!

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They Fix Different Problems

Because the interfaces of digital and analog mastering are different, they are used to fix different problems. For instance, if your track sounds weak or low-volume, analog may be the ideal option to bump up harmonics and/or adjust the fullness of your work. However, if there are small discrepancies in your track, or the tone is off, digital mastering may be the better option for its ease in compressing frequencies and making little tweaks to your music.

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Which One Should You Use?

As alluded to above, the type of music you make will help determine which mastering process we utilize. If a lot of the music you are producing is digitally created, then digital mastering is likely the way to go. If you are creating sound with live instruments, analog may be the way to go, but this is not always the case. Our experts, Luis Otero and Danny Chavis, can help you sort out the issues that need to be fixed and determine which method best suits your music.

Midnight Mastering is a state-of-the-art mastering studio in South Florida. If you have questions about our music mastering services reach out today and schedule your free consultation!