We’re ready to polish your tracks! Please read the steps below to save time, budget, and hassle. Any questions, we are here for you.
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SOUNDS THAT STICK OUT. Harsh cymbals, vocal sibilance, biting sound effects, etc.
WAVY GRAVY. Tracks lacking in CONSISTENCY. Even if a part is too soft/loud overall, as long as it’s at a consistent level throughout the tune, Especially important for vocals!
FADES OR WEIRD GAIN SHIFTS may be impossible to fix in mastering.
IMPORTANT NOTE: AVOID RE-SAMPLING. Always keep tracks at whatever their sample rate was when you recorded it. Avoid all conversions, and do not upsample to try to gain fidelity. These will only hurt your audio by the mastering stage! You can also avoid dithering, since this is only used for SR conversions.
REMOVE ALL MASTER PLUG-INS. Be sure the HIGHEST PEAK LEVEL is -6 dBFS or lower (even -15 is ok) Do not worry about loudness, we will take care of that for you.
EXPORT a realtime bounce at 32-bit in stereo at the native project sample rate (do not resample!).
DOUBLE-CHECK that your exports are in stereo, 32-bit, at the native sample rate of your session (e.g. 44.1kHz).
REFERENCES. Provide us with 1-3 commercial songs and tell us what you like about each. Include any roughs, premixes, etc. that may help us see your vision more clearly.
There’s an extra fee to master from stems. The benefit is having Mark achieve your final overall balances in an accurate room, with fresh ears.
Feel free to contact us before sending us stems. Stem outputs themselves must have NO plug-in processing and no changes in level.
Watch your effects routing! All drums effects need to go to the drum group, etc. etc.
Hit us up and let us know how many stereo files we can expect.