Stereo Mastering is the final process of preparing music for distribution and broadcast. It is often described as the final step in post production. This is where levels are balanced, frequencies receive finishing touches and any other problems with the mix are ironed out. It is a quality monitoring process.
Traditionally, mastering is done using tools like equalization, stereo enhancement, compression, controlled clipping and limiting.
Files for mastering should be in the highest available resolution (WAV or AIF at 24- or 32-Bit). We highly recommend removing all pre-mastering processing such as compressors/limiters from your master channel and keeping the highest peak-level at -6 dB or less. This gives us enough headroom for your mastering.
Stems are sub groups of your mix and provide us the perfect flexibility. These can be useful if you plan to have a balanced mix. It allows you and the mix engineer to further fine tune the tone and balance the priority of instruments during the mixing session.
Why use stems?
Mastering from stem mixes is a more complex and time consuming process, however, the added flexibility that comes along often makes the investment well worth it. If stems are provided, it is time-saving and an easy way to adapt changes of sub groups. The project turnaround is much faster!
Stem groups could be:
Kick & Bass / Cymbals / Vocals / Guitars / Pianos / Pads / Synths / FX / Reverbs.
MIXING & MASTERING
Our mixing and mastering service will fine-tune your track to a shiny diamond. We have full control to edit each channel from your project individually to get a perfect professional balanced mix- and mastering.
Project mixing and mastering is a heavy time consuming process but the added flexibility makes the investment well worth it.
Our services come along with three revisions. This provides you the possibility to give your personal feedback to get the mix and mastering you want.