Mastering

Professional Mastering

Mastering is the final stage in the production process. It gives your track a professional polish so it sounds great on a variety of playback systems.

Mastering involves processing your music with high end equalisation, compression, harmonic exciters, stereo enhancers, limiting or clipping, and dithering the final output.

I will master your song professionally to all current production standard requirements. Your mastered material will be delivered as a 16 bit WAV or AIFF file and an MP3 at 320kbps ready for upload to YouTube, Spotify, iTunes and other streaming and download sites. 

If supplied, ISRC codes and metadata can be embedded into the audio material. This means your song can be tracked, and royalties collected wherever it is played.

If you are planning on releasing a CD you will need a DDP (Disc Description Protocol) disc for the replication plant.

How to prepare your track for Mastering

1. Export your mix as an interleaved WAV or AIFF file at the same sample rate and bit depth as your session.

2. Ensure the master output levels leave plenty of headroom. If your master fader meters are hitting close to 0dBFS constantly, that won’t leave me with much headroom to work with - making it more likely that unwanted clipping will occur when dynamic processing or eq is used.

3. Leave a few seconds of silence at the beginning and end of your track. A good habit to get into is to always start your recording sessions a few bars in on the timeline and export your final mix starting at bar 1 and ending several bars after the arrangement has ended. This ensures there’s no danger of any of your audio getting truncated during the export or editing process.

4. Leave master bus compression on your mix if it’s part of your sound but be sure to remove any limiters as they are part of the mastering process.

5. If you are exporting stems - sub-mixes of your drums, bass, keyboards, vocals etc, make sure they all have the same start point, sample rate, bit depth and file format.

6. Don’t normalise your bounced mix. Normalising reduces headroom - (see recommendation number 2)

If you’re unsure about whether your song needs mastering, send it to me and I’ll send you back a mastered one minute sample at no cost.

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If you have any questions feel free to get in touch. I'm happy to answer any of your queries. 

Note: Audio examples coming soon!