The DAW in which you compose music is probably enough to meet your needs to master individuals that you intend to release through streaming services. However, if you work as a master’s engineer or intend to work in the future as a master’s engineer, buying a dedicated DAW is a consideration.
Generally speaking, a mastering DAW can increase the pace you can produce masters. The less time you need to master; the more masters you will get. Many engineers charge a flat fee rather than an hourly charge. What more reason do you need to simplify your mastering workflow? What are the advantages of using DAW?
- Matching the loudness level
If you have ever tried in a Logic or Ableton session to learn more than one album, you know how chaotic the process is. Trying to meet target LUFS values over several tracks is a nightmare; it takes a lot of time to tweak the settings of both compressors and limiters.
- Processing the clip
Almost every DAW will enable you to add plugins to tracks, but not all DAWs allow plugins to be added to clips. This is an especially valuable skill during mastering. Choir processing or dropping in a song is more popular than the verses or build-ups.
You can copy and paste processing to them with very little mess if you split a track into multiple clips consisting of intro, verses, pre-choirs, and choruses.
Track of reference handling
Tracks for reference are a brand new feature which allows you to hear how your songs stack against commercial releases. You can move easily between your material and a reference without the introduction of pops, clicks or other artefacts.
Editing of metadata
One of the things you are responsible for as a master engineer is the editing of a song metadata, which explains and provides details on the song. This includes all things including the name of the song, the song’s artist(s), the title of the album and even the record label of the song.
You can add very limited metadata to a song via iTunes, but a master DAW allows you to deeply edit metadata. Things like the mastering engineering name, the song mastering program, the company commissioning the work, the ISRC code and the desired target format can be added.