What does mastered mean on a commercial library?


All the libraries I have bought/seen advertised say mastered at 24/96. Is this meaning simply that the audio was cleaned up, metadata was added and its ready for drag and drop use? Or is there something more?


Posted 2010-12-10T02:13:08.623

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In that context I tend to read "mastered" as audio that is edited, problems eq'd out, strange noises removed, etc. Sometimes that can also imply downsampling from a higher sample rate.

I don't tend to read that as having anything to do with metadata.

I also don't take that to imply any sort of dynamics processing.



Posted 2010-12-10T02:13:08.623

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While I've never used that term to describe my own libraries, I'd assume it just means it was produced, edited, processed etc at 24/96. It's a strange choice of words, as it obviously causes a bit of confusion. I always just say "24 bit audio" in the specs, 24/44 lately.


Posted 2010-12-10T02:13:08.623

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