Mastering Tips: Exclusive Feature with Tracy Scaife

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Got a chance to catch up with Tracy Scaife, a cool friend of ours who specializes in mastering and works with Universal Music Group. See what he had to say.

7 Star Dreams: So Tracy, how long have you been mastering music and where did you go to school?

Tracy: Doing it for the at least 10 years. I was certified through 4U ENT/Universal Music.

7 Star Dreams: Tell us why mastering is so important and how do indies go about achieving an industry standard sound?

Tracy: By having a great mix to work with. Industry sounds start with the tracking of sessions and the mixing of sessions. A good recording makes a good mix, and that’s what makes a good master.

7 Star Dreams: You must see poor mixes all the time, which make it hard for you to master. What makes a good mix?

Tracy: The engineer that knows how to use the equipment to its best.

7 Star Dreams: How can artists looking to get their music mastered get in touch with you?

Tracy: Through you [at 7 Star Dreams]. They can holler at you first, and then you can give them my number.

Author: Farlin Ave

Naheem “Farlin Ave” Houston is a musician and founder of 7 Star Dreams. When not busy being an entrepreneur, he works as an entertainment news journalist for the mainstream Hip Hop station 97.9 The Beat in Dallas, TX. 

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