How do I upload files for mastering?
Here's how to upload your files to us in 3 easy steps:
Step 1 - Zip up your song file(s). Upload to Google Drive, Dropbox.com or Wetransfer.com. Email the link(s) in one email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2 -Select your payment option.
Step 3 - Wait for us to send your masters back via a Google Drive link. It's that easy! You WILL have your mastered tracks back in 5 days or less!!
What is the best way to prepare songs for mastering?
It is usually always best to have your recording engineer prepare your songs for mastering by removing all of the processing on the master buss of each song. When sending in songs for any mastering service it is best to send them in the same bit depth/sample rate the original sessions were recorded at. For example, if the session was recorded at 24-bit 44.1kHz, send us the unmastered files at those bit depths/sample rates. Remember, the highest bit depth/sample rates equal higher quality masters.
The audio file to the left in the graphic below is a good visual reference of what your files should look like when you send your songs in for mastering. The file to the right is what an already mastered file will typically look like.
What is "Standard Mastering"?
Standard mastering is best used for CD production. Standard mastering is returned at CD ready 16-bit 44.1kHz stereo interleaved .wav files. Standard mastering can also be used for the internet or iTunes. For higher quality iTunes masters it is highly recommended to use the "Mastered for iTunes" option.
What is "Mastered for iTunes"?
Since we are an Apple "Mastered for iTunes" certified studio, we can master your songs for the "Mastered for iTunes" option. What this means is that you MUST provide us with a 24bit/44.1kHz OR HIGHER .wav file for mastering and we will return it at the approved MFiT specs to allow iTunes to create their AAC conversions. Apple's MFiT is a higher quality sound file than the standard iTunes files commonly sold throughout iTunes itself.
Once you submit your .wav files to iTunes for distribution you will need to let them know your songs were mastered by our studio for guaranteed approval of the "Mastered for iTunes" option.
What is "Stem Mastering"?
Stem mastering is when you submit multiple stereo tracks that have separate instruments per stereo track. Here's an example; let’s say you are sending in 5 stereo tracks per song. One containing all guitars, one with lead vocals, one with all drums, and one with background vocals, and one with bass. We can then take each stereo stem, adjust levels, and correct any imperfections. Since we have access to separated groups of instruments there are more options for the engineer to make fine adjustments and correct any problems.