What Is Mastering?
Often known as the dark art in musical circles, mastering is the last step of the audio production process, the stage between the final mixdown and the distribution of your music, be it as an mp3, cd or vinyl. What the mastering engineer does for you, can vary greatly depending on what a track needs. Using combination of their high end specialist audio equipment, a properly acoustically treated room and most importantly their experienced ear, a mastering engineer will polish your music and give it that professional edge in a highly contested market.
Does My Music Need To Be Mastered?
Simply, the answer would be yes. Although a good mixdown will go a long way, a properly mastered track will add that final touch to make it stand up against commercial music and be playable on a wide variety of sound systems. With the increase of home studios over the last decade, music production is now available to the masses, however, most will not have access to the equipment that will give you the competitive edge. It is also important to have someone mix and master your track with fresh ears, who will take an objective view, as it is natural for a person to listen to a track with a obscured outlook after listening to part on loop for hours on end.
How Much Does It Cost?
Here at Phatboy entertainment we mix and master using only the best high end audio equipment, which sets us apart from many competitors. Our prices start from £50 a master, although we offer discounts for multiple purchases such as albums and EP's. We also offer a mixing service, that starts at £60. Please contact us for more info.
How Do I Prepare A Track For Mastering?
The best way is to bounce / export your track from start to finish bypassing any compressors and limiters that you may have on the master bus. Please make sure the track that you send is not peaking over 0db ( preferably -3db ). Also try not to maximise and distort your track (we will get it sounding loud and punchy for you as required), any distortion or crackles that are on the original track can not be completely removed.
Our turn around time is generally 48 hours depending on our current work load. We do offer an express service however, at £70 a master. We like to offer a more professional service, and therefore prefer to operate via email, where your interest will be picked up by one of our engineers. To get in contact, please use the email at the bottom of the page.
To get your track mastered you can the paypal or major credit cards. For a master all you need to do is make payment, then send us a copy of your track in wav format and we will master it. For best results, send us your full track, in .wav format, at - 3db ( leave plenty of headroom ), with no compression, maximiser, stereo widener etc on the mix bus. As long as you leave plenty of headroom we will be able to get you an incredible sounding master back. If you send a track that is maximised and compressed the results will not be as good, as there is less room to work with. Please leave all the master compression and limiting up to us.
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