Online Mastering - What To Expect
I’ll be happy to work with you to get your music sounding it’s best for release. I can also make suggestions along the way if any mix adjustments are needed.
I include 2 rounds of revisions with each service so we’ll be sure to get a result you’re super happy with. Once you've placed your order you'll receive a link to send me your music and mix notes, and we'll take it from there.
My turnaround time is usually around 3 business days. Feel free to send me a message if you need a rush service.
How To Prepare Your Song For Mastering:
Eliminate Noise on the Mix: As you go through your mix eliminate any noise or pops that may be in each track. Use fades as necessary to cut out any spots that may just be containing recorded noise. If this is done in the mix stage within each track it will keep the overall noise level down when I equalize and compresses the mix.
Keep Your Mix Clean and Dynamic: Overusing processors especially dynamic processors (compressors) on the master bus can destroy a mix and make it difficult, if not impossible for me to make a great master. Unless there's a specific sound of a master bus processor desired for the mix, it's best to keep the master buss free of outboard processing or plugins.
Levels: The loudest part in a mix should peak at no more than -3db on the master bus. There should never be a limiter set on the master bus. Final dynamic control and level should be left to me. This allows me to create the proper dynamic level for streaming, radio play, CD, or mp3 duplication.
✓ Lossy file formats should never be used when submitting an audio file for mastering.
✓ The two most popular file types for mastering are: .WAV and .AIFF. Both of these file types are lossless (non-compresses/converted), and either file type is fine for me to work with.
✓ The file should be kept in the same resolution as it was mixed in (no down conversions). For Example, A song mixed at 24bit 96kHz should be submitted as a 24bit 96kHz file (.WAV or .AIFF)
Check your mix against a reference track to make sure the sound is in line with your sonic vision. Be sure to level match your reference track to your mix for a fair comparison. For a more in depth tutorial on using reference tracks whilst mixing, check out this post.
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