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Definition of Master tape

Master tape Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
Guitar Glossary
The final mix or completed tape used as the duplication source for CDs and tapes.
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Master tape Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Mastering, a form of audio post production, is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source containing the final mix to a data storage device (the master); the source from which all copies will be produced (via methods such as pressing, duplication or replication). In recent years digital masters have become usual although analog masters, such as audio tapes, are still being used by the manufacturing industry, notably by a few engineers who have chosen to specialize in analog mastering.

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