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               Why Is mastering Necessary?

 

99% of tracks need mastering in some way, from the basic leveling of the tracks to extreme eq and compression and anything in-between! All major releases are mastered so if a track isn’t mastered, it will
likely not have the presence of sound to compete on the radio or on an mp3 player against other tracks.

A qualified, experienced mastering engineer has worked with many types of musical programs, can pinpoint areas that need work, and can usually enhance even the best mixes done under the finest recording conditions. That's why the world's top artists usually spend considerable time in mastering. When recording under less than ideal conditions, mastering is especially important. It can make or break your project.

Equipment does not make someone a mastering engineer; experience, taste, and "fresh ears" do.


Do I really need my Album mastered?

YES!The Mastering engineer has "fresh ears" to hear your work. This is not possible to duplicate by doing "mastering" at your recording studio by the recording or mix engineer, or at home.Though often a mixing engineer may throw on a quick maximizing limiter across the stereo mix buss at the end of a session, the masters you get have not had the time spent on them to get the full power that they can deliver.  We can bring out the potential that you know your music has, and give it the extra kick to really needs to get noticed. Just check out our samples


What does your mastering add to my music that my mixing engineer can’t provide?

Specially designed mastering equipment, along with a fresh set of ears, is an invaluable resource for putting the final touches on your music.  Mastering gets your music ready for the radio without it having a different sonic quality from other songs of that genre.


How much will mastering cost me?

Our rates are very competitive! As a general rule, the more songs you master, the less time is needed per song. This is totally dependant on the project of course. Don't worry about the long laborious process that we mastering engineers go thru to perfect your music. Just enjoy the benefits. Please contact us to talk about the goals and budget of your mastering project, and we will work with you to achieve that sound.


I live far away, can I still get my music mastered at your facility?

With our new FTP service, you can take advantage of our great rates from anywhere in the world.  Just upload your tracks, along with any notes containing special requests pertaining to your music, and leave the rest to us!  We can either upload your finished masters to a secure site that only you can access, or we can mail you a Red Book CD.  This is truly Professional CD mastering in the digital age.


              What if I decide not to master my song?

       That's completely your choice. Your final mix may sound great...just as it should, however, when your song is played back to          back with professionally mastered songs, trust me... you'll here the difference. Your song will sound lower, in volume,        less bright, and not have as much energy or excitement to it.


           Is this because my mix engineering didn't do a good job?

       No, mastering is something that should NOT be attempted while mixing. For a demo, this may be ok. For a release, you               may be sorry  later if you try the shortcut and try to master at the end of your final mix. By the way, sometimes mastering can        save a song by making  a less than stellar mix sound great.

             Do I need an ISRC code? What is it?

        ISRC codes are assigned to songs and encoded onto a CD for tracking purposes (royalties, etc.). Each song will have a         unique code that's a series of 12 letters and numbers (think of it as a special bar code for each song). To learn more, click         here:  All About ISRC CODES (INTERNATIONAL STANDARD RECORDING CODE)



 
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