The process of mastering your music for sound quality on iTunes is a complex one that you want to get right if you hope to attract a wide audience. Since the inception of iTunes, more artists than ever before have a way of connecting with an audience they may have never known otherwise. But if you want to get in on the action, you cannot assume that any quality will do. Your tracks will have to sparkle like any Top 40 release you hear on the radio. Users pay for quality, and that is not exclusive to music and lyrics. The listening experience must be one they can look forward to, and with the five steps below, you will give them exactly what they are clamoring for.
1. Boost and cut. Ever sat around thinking, “How do I get my music on iTunes?” To start, you will need to boost the power of the audio and cut any unpleasant feedback or hissing. You must eliminate anything that interferes with the music itself. If you are unfamiliar with the equipment used to do so, then you probably have not been playing music very long. Even if you are, it is still worth your time and money to farm this service out to a professional.
2. Layering and balance. A number of factors affect the layering and the balance of your track. You will want to check with iTunes for proper compression requirements, and then move on to balance and percussion. Every aspect of the musical ensemble must be singled out and maximized for quality before moving on to the next step.
3. Noise reduction. Even after the initial processing of music is underway, you may still notice background noise that interferes with the purity of the track. This is natural. Think of it as if you are sifting for gold. It may take a few turns before you finally see the best results.
4. Ambiance and enhancement. As surely as your music and lyrics have an effect on the quality, so, too, does the nature of the stereo equipment. You will want to pay special attention to stereo width, spectral enhancement, and proper ambiance before advancing to the next level.
5. Multi-review. Do not think that simply because you have run your track through all the latest and greatest audio technology that it is ready for the big leagues. Listen to the track on a number of different devices such as a car stereo, an iPod, or a traditional home stereo to see if any further adjustments need to be made.