SOME QUESTIONS WE GET ASKED PRETTY OFTEN
What file format do you prefer?
We prefer 24 bit files. The most commonly used file format is WAV or AIFF, 24 bits or 16 bits. Please export your mixes in the same original sample rate and bit-depth as your project. In case you work in 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, or 96 kHz export or bounce your mix down in the same sample rate.
MP3 will NOT suitable for mastering.
All your tracks should have 2 seconds of silence at both the start and end of the track.
How much headroom before mastering should i leave?
Please leave around -3db to -5db of headroom and ensure there is no limiting / compression on the final mix bus, this will give us room to work on your track. If you’re been mixing with compression / limiting on the final bus, you can send us this version to use as a reference but ensure you bounce a version without limiting for us to master from.
How can I send you my tracks?
The easiest way to send your tracks is online.
You can send files to: email@example.com by using websites like Wetranfer, Dropbox, SendSpace etc.
Alternatively we can accept files on a data CDR/DVDR, audio CD, DAT and mini disc. If you have your music in any other formats then please contact us first.
What other information do you need?
Please name your track as following: Title – Executor
Make sure the following details are as complete as possible for the CD mastering:
- Band or artist name
- Album/ EP/ project title
- Song titles
- Track order on album
- ISRC/ UPC/ EAN details
For any complex timings or fades a Wav or MP3 reference of how the tracks should flow into each other is a great way to get it sounding perfect.
Can I have a free demo?
Yes! We are happy to provide a free test master for all new clients.
Turnaround times for test masters can vary depending on how busy we are.
What is included in the price?
Everything you need:
– High resolution WAV masters at 16-bit 44.1kHz.
– Detailed advise to improve the mix, if necessary.
– All revisions needed to the mastering to reach the result you want.
– Mp3 format when required.
– ISRC codes encoded onto the master, when provided.
What is your turnaround?
I will meet your deadline if you are in a rush. Usually the process takes about 4 days for an album and very few days for a song.
Can I attend the mastering session?
You are very welcome to attend your mastering session. Contact us to discuss attendance costs and schedule a session.
And what if am not happy with the results?
We offer any unlikely revisions that are required for free, until you are satisfied.
Revised mixes that require a new mastering are charged as a new song, € 40,-.
Do you work on Sundays?
Sundays are my official day off, for relaxing and baking and spending more time with my family.
Dynamic or Squashed master?
The end of the loudness war!
There is no need to compress and limit your music to the max to ‘compete with other releases’. A dynamic and less squashed track will make your music stand out from the rest on online streaming platforms. it will simply be turned down until it reaches the appropriate level.
What is a DDP image?
DDP stands for Disc Description Protocol, and is a format for used for the secure transfer, approval and delivery of masters to the CD replication company. You need a DDP if you want to print physical copies of your album. You will receive a DDP file of your masters from us.
What are ISRC codes?
The ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is the international identification system for sound recordings and music videorecordings. Each ISRC is a unique and permanent identifier for a specific recording which can be permanently encoded into a product as its digital fingerprint. Encoded ISRC provide the means to automatically identify recordings for royalty payments. If you are going to sell or broadcast your music commercially then it is wise to add these codes to your masters. You will need to apply to your country’s ISRC provider to get these codes.
How do I pay for the mastering?
We have 2 payment options to pay for the mastering.
The payment can be done by using Bank money Transfer or via Paypal.
We will send out your invoice with all payment and bank details via email.
Be sure to include your name, company and address.
Invoices should be payed stating the invoice-number within 7 days after the invoice date.
All payments must be done in advance.
All prices are excluding 21% BTW