Specifications for Mastering:
• Files: native sample rate, 24 bits (strongly racommanded), without any limiting on the mixbus. Peak level max -3dB. Upload files.
• Specify the sound you would like to achieve, examples: clean, brilliant, dynamic, loud, dark, saturated... Also references are welcome.
• Specify the final medium: Vinyl, Cd or other digital formats (or all of them).
• ISRC Codes (if desired).
• Tracks listing (for Vinyl or CD premaster).
Why i need to do mastering in a specialized studio?
The mastering process is something between an art and a science, so you have to follow specific rules, and need to use specific tools that are often really expensive. The role of the mastering engineer is to bring the source material to the highest quality level possible, and this is possible just if he knows deeply the audio signal and how treatments influence it.
Why the mastering engineer should be a different person from the producer/mixer?
If you have produced, arranged and maybe also mixed a song you know all about it, or you think this... In fact after hours of listening your ears are no longer analytical on that song, so you need to have the opinion of an external mastering engineer to find what in your mix can be improved. A skilled mastering engineer listens your music with an objective ear, and find the best way to improve the sound quality, add detail and deepness and get the right loudness level for your songs.
Should i use a limiter or compressor on the mix buss?
You can use a compressor if you like the sound that it produce, but we suggest to use it carefully! We really suggest to leave your mix without any sort of limiting effects, we can provide a high quality limiting on your music.
How to prepare the source material for mastering?
We suggest to send us your music in wav, aiff or flac formats (or cd) at the highest quality possible. This means 24 bit and the sample rate that you have used to do the mixdown. Please don't do up or down sampling, we use top class SR converter and dithering algorhythms.
Leave us the possibility to work properly on your mix, we need minimum 3db of headroom to work well, this means that your peak level have to be down -3db. Don't be scared about low volume, we have all the tools needed to bring your loudness level high keeping perfect quality.
For any other question or info contact us.