What I Need For Mastering Audio

by | Apr 6, 2018 | Blog Articles | 0 comments

Mastering Service Gear

  • Harrison Mixbus 32C
  • Izotope Ozone Suite
  • Izotope RX Advanced
  • Livid DS1 Controller
  • Sound-Proof Room
  • LC2N Levelator
  • DDP Software
  • Great Ears
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File Format

Stereo WAV or AIFF is preferred. No MP3s

Fades

Do not fade out the file yourself - if you don't mind.

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Resolution

24 bits/s is preferred.

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Start & End

If you can, leave some air at the beginning and end of the track

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Sample Rate

44.1 kHz or higher preferred.

Use the sample rate of your original session, no gain to up-sample to 96kHz if you’ve recorded at a lower rate. Do not normalize.

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Levels

Don't brickwall your track, please. Please don't slam the levels.

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Stems

If you recorded a song using several channels then feel free to send the bounced down channels as well as your version of the complete track. This could be a channel for the Vocals, a channel for guitar and a channel for synthesiser (for example).

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Digital Stems

If you are a computer-based musician and you are submitting Stems - bounce down your stems to the four main components (synths, drums, bass, vocals). This makes the final mixdown more homogenous. Please include your own mixdown of the complete track too. You will need to do this before mixing.

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Plugins On The Master Bus

If you are using plug-ins on the master bus provide options with and without it.  Limiting or clipping the master bus should always be avoided

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A Reference

Reference tracks for the session are welcome. If you are emailing the session, we would like to know the files and we can take it from there - after all, this is about starting a conversation.

Above, you will see what I need from you if you want me to master your audio – this is a bit of an infographic that loosely describes the prerequisites necessary to ensure a smooth operation. Things are flexible – but it is essentially so I am not swamped by MP3 files. It is near impossible to master an MP3 so I had to put a bit of a barrier inbetween us.

Mastering For Computer Based Audio

Ideal Set-Up

  • For the best possible outcome, please use a stem rendering app to get the channels into regular stems. Drums, Bass, Melody & Voice – this app HERE will help prepare the stems.
  • Complete your post mastering mixing after the audio has been mastered – I can help with this if needed.
  • Let’s start a conversation regarding your audio – how can I work for you?

Fair-To-Middling Set-Up

  • Please see the infographic guideline above.
  • Follow the infographic guideline above as much as you can.
  • I am not demanding perfection out of you – but you are out of me. The result of the audio coming out will depend a lot on what the audio was like when it went in.

Just, No

  • Stop your audio from peaking
  • No MP3’s

Mastering For An Instrument-Based Act

Ideal Set-Up

  • For the best possible outcome, please send the channels of the audio that you need mastering – each and every channel if you are not a computer musician. If you recorded with no overdubs, then feel free to send the mixed WAV/AIFF file.
  • Complete your post mastering mixing after the audio has been mastered – I can help if needed.
  • Let’s start a conversation regarding your audio – how can I work for you?

Fair-To-Middling Set-Up

  • Please see the infographic guideline above.
  • Follow the infographic guideline above as much as you can.
  • I am not demanding perfection out of you – but you are out of me. The result of the audio coming out will depend a lot on what the audio was like when it went in.

Just, No

  • Stop your audio from peaking
  • No MP3’s
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