Every artist has their influences. It’s how inspiration arises to create new hits.

However, this often causes a problem. At any given time, there are thousands of artists being influenced from the same great acts of the past.

As a result, too often everybody begins to sound too much alike—and this makes it hard for you to stand-out enough in the overcrowded marketplace.

Sure, you can have “better” music than everybody else. But, there are countless great musicians who failed to get noticed during their lifetime.

Simply put, your music must have the clear “edge” (in quality and emotional charge) over the rest. Otherwise, you’re most likely going to get drowned out by all of the competing noise.

This is another reason why mastering is so important. It’s what gives your music that final touch and helps drive your music home to becoming a hit.

After all, it’s hard to edit your own work. You may think you’re music is new and different. But, in reality, it may need some more polish to differentiate it from the crowd.

What you need is a new set of skilled and impartial ears a good mastering engineer offers… to help you put out the best possible version of your music.

Additionally, this means when you get mastering, you must consider how you can make your music stand-out.

You should pay attention to how you can give your music a more innovative sound – so you grab the attention of your listeners (or others in the music business who can help get you heard.)

A good mastering engineer you trust is what’s key here. Because a unexperienced one won’t know exactly what to improve to make your record truly special. It takes the talent of a real pro to give your music that final touch to make sure it gets noticed.

About the Author:
Lorenz Vauck is an Audio Mastering Engineer, Musician, and Internet Entrepreneur from Dresden, Saxony, Germany. He is the Managing Director and Chief Mastering Engineer of XARC Mastering, one of the world’s first online audio mastering studios established in 2003.