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Mastering your music the right way.
Mastering is the most critical step in the production chain & requires the highest quality digital systems, cleanest analog signal paths & very specialized monitoring systems & acoustic environment. This is where the final polish comes to your tracks before manufacturing, where any tweaks to the overall project are applied & where EP or album continuity & structure are finalized to create the finished product. It's also the last chance to get your project to stand up along side other commercial tracks.
Our mastering rates are the same as our recording or mixing rates, just $65.00 per hour.
We recommend discussing your project requirements with our engineer prior to sending in your tracks so we can determine the best way to go about finalizing your music. Mastering is generally a closed door service & cannot realistically be charged at a per track rate due to the critical listening & processing requirements involved.
prepared for Mastering.
It's important to make sure that your music hs been properly recorded & mixed before the mastering process begins. Before rendering your tracks ensure that no limiting has been applied to the outputs & that no clipping has occured, also do not normalize or dither your tracks when rendering. The ideal peak level for your tracks should be between - 6db & -3db. Make sure that the files you send for mastering are the same sample rate the original material was recorded at, if you recorded at 48kHz 24 bit do not try to change it. Also leave a little space before & after your songs when rendering them, just to give the Engineer a little breathing space.
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It's also important to have all of your track Metadata sorted before you have anything mastered. All of this Metadata will be embeded in your masters by our Engineers. You will need to provide all of the following details. CD title, artist Name / Names, song titles in order, UPC and ISRC codes, any special index spacings, and examples of any track crossfades. ISRC codes are unique numbers assigned to each of your songs. These codes are used for tracking radio & digital airplay and digital distribution. UPC codes are the bar codes on your CD packaging and are necessary for retail distribution.