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 stations 97.9 The Beat in Dallas, TX and Hot 104.1 in St. Louis, MO. 

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