ONLINE MASTERING SERVICES
Quick, convenient and accessible, online mastering is the most effective way to get your music mastered and released in a professional manner.
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ONLINE MASTERING FAQs
Here’s a list of the questions I get asked the most, please read on to learn more about how to prepare and deliver your files for mastering
What type of online audio mastering services do you offer?
There are so many online audio mastering platforms through which artists can share their music. Although they all offer the same result (to showcase your music), they often have vastly different requirements for delivery and streaming. In order to make your project sound its best, I will need you to specify what type of release you are planning for your material. If you’re planning a digital release only, your music will be mastered according to the streaming service of your choice (iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, etc). If you are planning on a physical release such as a CD or Vinyl, I will master your project according to those delivery standards.
Should I use bus compression on my mix?
- If you want to use bus processing on your mixes, that’s fine as long as you’re not adding a whole lot of it (the meters in your compressor should be barely moving).
- If you do use bus processing, make sure to leave headroom on your final mix. Your overall levels should not hit 0 at any moment.
Should I use a peak limiter on my mix?
- Please refrain for sending a final mix with peak limiting.
- You can send an alternate mix with peak limiting as a point of reference of where you want your music to be sonically and dynamically.
- If you are planning a release on vinyl, please make sure to provide alternate mixes with little or no bus processing at all and without any limiters. This will help the cutting engineer make all the right adjustments to represent your music to highest standards of quality.
Should I send any reference tracks?
Absolutely! Make sure to include enough material that is similar in genre or style to yours. This will provide a better understanding of the type of sound, dynamics and overall volume you’re going for.
What additional information should I send for my project?
Please provide a list of final song titles / artist name / album name exactly as it should appear on the CD-Text metadata. Additionally, send ISRC and UPC/EAN codes if you want them encoded on the master.
I didn’t follow your delivery instructions correctly. Now what?
- The quoted flat fee is based on the assumption that files will be delivered to me in the format as described above. Delivery in any other format might result in additional fees. Note that I will not charge fees without contacting you first and receiving authorization to proceed.
- You can also make all necessary corrections and re-send your files, although that will change the expected delivery date of your project.
What are your rates?
To receive an accurate quote on your project, send me a message through my contact page and make sure to include:
- Artist name
- Project name
- Number of songs
- Desired delivery date
As soon as that information is received, I will reply via email with an estimate. It is my goal to build long-lasting and mutually-beneficial relationships with all my clients. As such, I am flexible in discussing fees and payment arrangements to meet budgets and needs.
Do you offer different mastering packages?
No, however, I do offer a discount for mastering EP’s and LP’s. Make sure to include if your project is an EP or LP in your email so I can provide you with additional information.
Is there a track count?
Unlike other online services, all my services are provided for a flat fee. There is no track count or limited use of equipment. All the tools at the studio are at your disposal.
If I send my current mix, will you listen to it and provide feedback?
I offer a mix consultation service for anyone that is interested in having their songs reviewed or critiqued before the mixing or mastering stage. Mix consultation has a cost $50 dollars per 30 minutes.
What type of equipment do you use?
I offer a combination of analog and digital equipment along with analog summing. I have carefully selected all the pieces of outboard equipment in the studio in order to ensure that your work is processed with the finest components. In this stage conversion and monitoring are crucial. With that in mind, I use a pair of Barefoot MM27 speakers along with conversion by Mytek and Antelope Audio. The studio also features pieces by Neve, Manley, API, and many more established and respected companies. Click here for a complete gear list.
What type of files will I receive?
As soon as your project is completed and approved, I will send a high-resolution WAV file and an MP3. Should you require an additional format, please let me know when you submit your files for mastering.
What is your turnaround time?
Lead time is generally 2 days for a single and 12 days for a 10-song album.
How many revisions do you offer?
Each song comes with 2 revisions. Additional work after included revisions has a cost of $50 dollars per revision, per song.
Do you offer rushed services?
Yes, I offer rushed services at an additional cost of:
- 3 DAYS – +10% of your total
- 2 DAYS – +30% of your total
- 1 DAY – +50% of your total
What type of payments do you accept?
I gladly accept payment via PayPal or Venmo.
How is payment taken and how are final projects delivered?
Upfront payment is required for all services. Deliverables will be rendered once payment is made and all revisions have been approved by the client.
How Does Online Mastering Help Your Record?
If you want to publish a record, you want it to sound just as good as it does in your recording studio. The version you upload, however, can be dramatically different from the original recording, undermining your creative efforts.
Online audio mastering services is the final step required post-production to transform your raw audio into the desired format of your choosing. Online audio mastering services help to balance all of the sonic elements of your audio, ensuring that the version that you release sounds better than your original recording.
Why Is Online Mastering Is Important In The Digital Era?
The digital media revolution transformed the way people listen to music. Music has become something that listeners now access from CDs, record players, tapes, multiple electronic devices, whether it’s their internet-connected radio, desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.
People who want to distribute their music, therefore, need to do more than create physical records. They also need to ensure that their music is compatible with the listening devices that people use today.
One of the best ways to think about online audio mastering services is as a kind of glue that holds playback quality together across a range of devices and music formats. It ensures that the quality of your recordings don’t suffer just because they are not adapted to a particular digital platform.
How Does Online Audio Mastering Differ From Mixing?
While both online audio mastering and mixing both involve the handling and production of music, there is an essential difference between the two.
Mixing refers to the process of getting the individual elements of a song working together. So, for instance, a mixer might decide that a particular beat doesn’t work with a melody and replace it with something else. Mixing, therefore, is all about making sure that all of the components of a track make musical sense.
Online mastering, however, provides the finishing touches to a track. It’s not about making changes to the sound itself, but ensuring that the sound carries through to the end-user in the way that the artist intended.