Mastering FAQ

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[pane title=”Who is this service for?”]This service is primarily for anybody who has a mix of their song but wants to add the benefits of mastering to improve punch, clarity and an overall feel of extra quality to their track.[/pane]
[pane title=”Do I need my song mastered?”]Mastering adds the final touch of class to your recording to make it stand out.

If you have a decent mix of your track then mastering can really complete your work. If you aren’t happy with the mix then it’s always best to go back and try to fix it. However, mastering can still go some way to improving the sound even if remixing is not possible.[/pane]
[pane title=”What do you do with my recording?”]Firstly we listen to your mix. A lot. Sometimes little details jump out at you only after several listens, so we make sure we know your track inside out before we do anything with it. From there, we will apply plugin effects as we begin to master your track. These usually include things like compression, EQ, exciter, reverb, stereo width and so on, depending on what our ears tell us about what would work with your track.

Once we have a master version, we make sure it sounds good across a range of audio systems – including headphones and laptop speakers/mobile phone speakers. While it would be nice if everyone listened to music on a decent stereo, the reality is that many people are likely to hear your music on a laptop or mobile phone – so we test our mastered tracks on a range of speakers.[/pane]

[pane title=”Is it going to sound better?”]Our main focus is to make each track sound the best it can sound. If your mix was already very good, then mastering will introduce several subtle improvements rather than change anything too radically. You can always expect a mastered track to sound louder, due to the compression involved in the process.

We master tracks geared primarily to an internet/mobile audience for music, because we believe that is how your audience will listen to your work. However we can be very flexible so long as we know what your requirements are, so please talk to us if you want your work mastered for a different target audience.[/pane]

[pane title=”What is the process, from start to finish?”]After you fill out the enquiry form or contact us about a mastering project, we will agree the work you need and offer a quote. If you accept the quote, we’ll need you to provide us with the mix of your song and then we’ll provide you with a mastered version. You can post the mix to us if it is on CD or we can arrange for them to be uploaded if you have a .wav or .mp3 file.

If you want further tweaks to be made, we discuss your requirements and send updated versions of your track until you are satisfied.[/pane]

[pane title=”How much will it cost?”]The amount we quote you is the amount you pay, regardless of how long mastering takes and inclusive of any further tweaks. We set a price according to the details of the job you provide us and what we think it will entail after we have spoken with you, rather than charging you per hour.

We feel this is the fairest way of doing business, you pay us an agreed fee upfront for the work and we do the job however long it takes us – this way, you don’t get hit with any extra charges if the job takes longer than anticipated and you won’t feel like you might be shortchanged because you can’t possibly know how long we actually spent on your song.[/pane]

[pane title=”I still have questions before I submit an enquiry.”]Please visit the Contact page to get in touch with us directly.[/pane]

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