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It involves attaching metadata to to the files, embedding ISRC codes and of course, enhancing the audio.
If an EP or an Album is being mastered, one of the primary goals is to create a cohesive sound between songs.
When processing the audio, we use multiple stages of EQ, compression, harmonic expansion and limiting.
After working on a song for hours on end, you can loose perspective and miss some problems while over focusing on others.
Hiring a mastering engineer will bring fresh ears to your production and bring you the best quality possible.
We can also master or “sweeten” commercial audio, audiobooks, podcasts and audio for video. These types of work typically require a custom quote.
Stem Mastering —not to be confused with Mixing— can produce improved sonic results and increased depth and dimension to your master by allowing the mastering engineer to target the use of eq, dynamic adjustment and other forms of processing to the individual stems.
Mixing, on the other hand, involves more man hours and balances individual multi-track recordings and possibly use of automation, equalization, dynamic control and effects processing.
1) When you feel there are some specific issues which could be improved through a fresh set of ears in a very accurate monitoring environment.
2) When the mix is lacking separation, width and depth- stem mastering can help you achieve this.
3) When the overall mix could use more polishing but does not need a full mixdown.
4) When additional and specific enhancement of instruments is required- such as modifying width, depth, dynamics, and balance.
Attended sessions are for a minimum of 3 stereo masters or one mixdown due to scheduling requirements. Also, because attended sessions tend to take longer than non-attended, the rate of attended sessions is $60 per hour instead of our regular flat rates.
Please leave around 3dB of headroom. Make sure there is no limiting on the master bus and compression is only used lightly and only if you are confident in your ability to control the dynamics of the master bus.
Visit our SUBMISSION GUIDELINES page for full instructions.
Check out THIS VIDEO on how to export stems.
On the GUIDELINES page, check out the STEM EXPORTING VIDEO.
Yousendit and Sendspace are also acceptable.
When sending multiple files, pleas place them in a .zip folder.
We recommend even putting single stereo tracks into a .zip folder to prevent any corruptions.
This is a special file type specifically designed to send to CD duplication plants as an alternative to mailing in a master CD.
You will need this if you plan on getting physical CDs. We can provide DDP files upon request.
This helps keep track of when your music is downloaded or streamed and helps you get your royalties!
We can help you obtain ISRC’s just ask us!
We have heard a few isolated instances where LANDR sounds decent, however this is not the norm.
Your music was created by a human, it needs a human to make the final objective sonic decisions.
Mastering is an art form in it’s self and there is no one way to go about it. Do yourself a favor and trust man over machine.
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