Esta entrevista de Robert Henke a Rashad Becker es de hace tiempo, concretamente del 2008, pero sigue siendo igual de interesante.
Robert Henke: Rashad, what is mastering?
Rashad Becker: Mastering means finishing a piece of music or any auditive work for a certain purpose. That purpose can be bound to free artistic ideas, it can also be related to, or referring to specific media, or it can be related to a specific purpose, like for example a certain speaker set up, or even a specific room. Radio broadcast would be also a specific condition.
Mastering is also the strictly technical process of producing a master. Which can be a lacquer for vinyl production, or a CD or whatever medium, but there is a finished product at the end of the day, which is the master from which duplication is launched.
But from an artistic point of view mastering also is approaching someone’s music in a state which should be as close as possible to the vision or intention of the artist, and evaluate how much of this aim is achieved and give it the necessary help. The changes applied can be very subtle or sometimes very drastic.