Thanks to high-resolution formats such as
DVD-A, SACD, and nowadays Blu-Ray based formats such as pure audio, we can work with greater dynamic range with surround mastering and
can escape from the pointless battle for more loudness.
Delivering audio in formats such as AC3 and
DTS are also part of the mastering engineers range of tasks. Conversion should be carried
out with caution; the behavior of data reduction processes should be taken into careful consideration.
Since various format questions (DVD-A, Blueray, HD-DVD, Blu-Ray, etc.) have yet to be definitively clarified and since I do not have image processing and desktop publishing capabilites, I
refer to specialized studios when necessary.
For client verification purposes, I am use DVD-A or interleaved multi channel wav.