What is mastering ?

Mastering is the final stage in audio post production during which we make a song ready for release. In other words, this process ensures that the master will translate well to most playback systems.

These include for example smartphones, home stereos, audiophile setups and club PA systems.

 

Besides expertise and proper tools, another key to commercial grade masters is pristine monitoring. Therefore it is important to hire a professional to master your music who hears every nuance and knows exactly what to do, and more importantly, what not to do.

 

For this reason the studio uses industry standard AD/DA conversion from Lynx Hilo / Crane Song Solaris and KII Three studio monitors in an acoustically treated room.

 

This way you can be sure that your music will be in good hands and will reach the highes standards.

Analogue mastering benefits

Although I aim at perfection, using only precision digital tools can result in a cold and flat sound.Here's where analogue mastering comes into the picture. 

By using high-end analogue hardware in the mastering process I can get rid of that lifeless digital sound.

Each device has a special sonic signature which adds warmth and fullness, as well as punch and depth.

 

This will result in a more alive and 3 dimensional sound associated with commercial grade recordings. 

Stem mastering service

In addition to the online mastering service for stereo material, we also offer stem mastering. During this process we work with grouped stereo tracks.

 

For example you can send your kick, bass, drum, guitar and vocal groups as separate audio files. This would allow more control during the process and could give better results.

 

However, it is important to note that this doesn't replace mixing.

 

One can only improve a poor mix to a certain extent with this method, but not to perfection. If your mix needs improvement, check out my online mixing service. 

Fixing a poor mix ?

Despite a wide-spread misconception, the primary aim of mastering is not to correct errors. Its purpose is to make a good mix sound great and translate well on different playback systems.

Having said that, one can fix certain errors of course, but a poorly mixed track will not benefit much from the process. If your mix has problems, check out the online mixing service

How to send files for the online mastering service ?

• Before sending your tracks for the online mastering service, remove everything from the master bus

• All EQs, compressors, limiters, maximizers, saturators, tape simulators, stereo wideners, enhancers etc. should be switched off.

• Never clip and don't squash your mix! Leave at least 3-6 dB headroom for the mastering process.

• Send your files in at least 44.1 kHz 24 bit wave format. It is also very important that you never convert your files to a different    sample rate and bit depth other then they were originally recorded at.

•You can use any file sharing app of your choice like for example Dropbox or WeTransfer,