Frequantly Asked Questions
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 in the same sample rate. MP3 will NOT be suitable for mastering. All your mixes should have 2 seconds of silence at both the start and end of the mix.
Please leave around 3 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 have 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.
You can send your mix via WeTransfer. Make sure to add the track title, your (company) name and e-mailadress, for us to be able to identify the received track and you as a client.
Alternatively we can accept files on a data CDR/DVDR, audio CD and DAT If you have your music in any other formats then please contact us first.
Please name your mix as followed: 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 mixes should flow into each other) is a good way to get it the correct sequencing.
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.
Everything you need:
– High resolution WAV masters at 16-bit 44.1kHz
– Detailed advise on how to improve the mix, if necessary
– All revisions needed for the mastering to achieve the result you want
– Mp3 format when required
– ISRC codes encoded into the master, when provided.
We will try to meet your deadline if you are in a hurry. Usually the process takes about 4 days for an album and one or days for a single mix.
Yes, you are welcome to attend your mastering session. Contact us to schedule a session. The costs of an attended session are €65,- an hour
In the unlikely situation that you are not happy with the mastering, we offer free revisions until you are satisfied.
*On the other hand, revised/corrected mixes that require a new mastering are charged as a new song €40,-.
No we don't. On Sundays we spend time with our families.
The loudness war is over! There is no need to compress and limit your music to the maximum in order to ‘compete with other releases’. A dynamic and less “squashed” track will make your mix stand out from the rest on online streaming platforms. It will simply be turned up until it reaches the appropriate level.
DDP stands for Disc Description Protocol, and is a format used for the secure transfer, approval and delivery of masters to the CD printing plant. 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.
The ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is the international identification system for records and music videos. Each ISRC is a unique and permanent identifier for a specific recording which can be encoded into a product as its digital fingerprint. Encoded ISRC provides 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 contact your country’s ISRC provider to get these codes.
We have two different payment options to pay for the mastering. The payment can be done via a regular bank transfer or via Paypal. We will send you an email with your invoice with all payment and bank details. 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 and are excluding 21% BTW (VAT).