FAQ – Mixing and Mastering

What is Mastering?

As a producer have you wondered how to get that professional shine to your tracks? This is where mastering comes in, you provide us with a pre master of your track and we will “master” your track to bring it up to a standard that sonically meets other commercially released tracks. Mastering will ensure you track is both as loud and as bright as possible and sound great on everything from radio streams to nightclubs.

In laymans terms – We take your finished mix and make it clean, loud and ready for release as either digital download or streaming on sites such as Spotify

What is Mixing?

Audio mixing is the process by which multiple sounds are combined into one or more channels. In the process, the source signals’ level, frequency content, dynamics, and panoramic position are manipulated and effects may be added. This practical, aesthetic, or otherwise creative treatment is done in order to produce a mix that is more appealing to listeners.

In laymans terms – we take your individual track stems from your production and mix them into one stereo .wav file exported at -2DB ready for mastering (see above)

Is it for signed tracks only?

No – we master tracks for producers who just want their tracks mastered so they can play them out in clubs or to send out to labels with that sparkle already added to the tracks.

We also master digital dubplates for several DJ’s so they have all their tracks set at a nice level and loud standard ready for club sets as there is nothing worse than a track that is too quiet or does not have enough bass in it when DJing in a club – we can rectify all these problems.

Who handles my tracks?

Your tracks are only handled directly by our mastering engineer who treats things with the strictest confidence – No tracks are ever given to any third parties. Unlike some “Mastering” company’s we do not ship work out to 3rd party contracts all of our orders are committed and handled in house

How do I pay you for my mastering?

Purchases through our website are paid for with Paypal so you will need a Paypal account to purchase through our website. We can also accept payment via direct bank transfer – Please contact us using our contact page for more info on payment via bank transfer. For bank payment orders we will send you an invoice and once you have made payment and sent your files your order will be processed.

How can I send my tracks to you?

You can send us tracks via We Transfer, Dropbox or Google Doc (We Prefer We Transfer as its super quick and can handle up to 2gb file for FREE) – Please zip tracks up into a folder before sending

The email address for sending tracks is included on the PDF that you can download once your order is complete.

Can I attend a mastering session?

Unfortunately we do not offer attended mastering as we can not give exact time windows for when each track is mastered as we work on a first come first served basis.

How quickly can you master my track?

As we do not do advance bookings and only put masters in the diary when they are ordered this means we have a very quick turn around schedule – As a general rule of thumb orders placed on Mon > Thurs are processed the following day and orders placed on Fri, Sat and Sun are processed on Mondays in most instances our orders are completed within 24 hours of an order being placed through our store all though some orders can take up to 48Hrs – Please ask if you need your masters quickly or before a certain time as we may be able to work late or early to get your tracks back to you quicker if needed.

How quickly can you mixdown my track?

Mixing takes longer than mastering so once your order has been received it can take up to a week to get your mixdown finished as this is an ongoing process that needs test copies to be sent to the client. We can of course advise on this at the time of ordering so please do get in touch if you would like more information. Most mix down orders are completed wihin 5 days.

What formats can you master from?

We are able to master from the following options – WAV, AIF, MP3 (Not recommended), CD, Casette, DAT Tape, Mini Disc, Vinyl (In extreme circumstances!) – WAV is the preferred and best option so please do try to get us your material via this format. All of these formats are converted in house using only the best in equipment for audio conversion.

Do you do credit?

All orders need to be paid for in full before any work is commenced due to our first come first served policy.

What format will you return my files as?

Mixed and / or mastered tracks are returned as Stereo 16bit 44.1 khz .WAV files as standard please do let us know if you would like other formats supplied instead.

Metadata will also be added as supplied with your original file at no extra charge.

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