Is mastering Necessary?
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,
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 what your work can become, and they have years of expertise.
You can try your hand at "mastering" at your recording studio with the recording or mix engineer, or at home.You can sometimes get pretty good results. However when you want the best for your music, bring it to a mastering engineer that does this da in and day out! We can give yiur music that final edge. Just check out
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
audio mastering in the digital age.
if I decide not to master my song?
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.
this because my mix engineering didn't do a good job?
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.
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)
US - 212 979-8324