Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mastering?

Mastering is the final stage of the production process and is a combination of both art and science. Find out more about our Mastering Service.

What is Stem Mastering?

Stem Mastering is similar to our mastering service, except you provide multiple stems rather than the already mixed down stereo files. Find out more about our Stem Mastering Service.

What is a Mix Analysis?

We listen to your songs in our accurate listening environment and can provide you with guidance to make your mix better prior to beginning our mastering work. Mix Analysis is included upon request with every paid project, just ask.

How do I get started?

Getting started is easy. Use the Order Form to describe your project to us. We will provide to you a quote & link for payment. You can then provide us the files for your project and we’ll get started right away. If you have any questions at any time, feel free to Contact us.

What do I send to you?

That depends on what service you’ve requested. In the case of Mastering, you send us your stereo mixdowns with all mix buss processing (like EQs, compressors and limiters) bypassed. If you feel that processing is vital to your sound, you can also send us a reference mix with that processing enabled. All files should be sent in the native format of your project, for example if your DAW is set to a 88.2 kHz sample rate and a bit depth of 32-bit float, send us that. When in doubt, 44.1 kHz & 24-bit is a good place to start. Read this article for more tips on getting your project ready to send.

For Stem Mastering, all the above rules still hold true, however rather than a stereo file, you send us individual stems in mono or stereo. Our standard stem allocation is as follows:

  1. DRUM – kick and snare drums
  2. PERC – the remaining percussion such as hi-hats, crashes, hand drums, etc
  3. BASS – whatever instruments are playing the bass part of the song
  4. INST1 – the primary or most important instruments
  5. INST2 – the remaining instruments, SFX, etc
  6. VOX – lead vocals
  7. BGVOX – background vocals
  8. FX – any reverbs or delays, etc

If we need anything broken out beyond this we will request it and will not charge you for the additional stems.

What do I get back??

Our standard practice will be to deliver a stereo 16 bit 44.1 KHz WAV fie per song in your project. If you require any other format, please let us know before we get started.

What sample rate & bit depth should I use?

We can accommodate whatever settings you choose to work in, but if you want our opinion on what settings to begin a new project with it would be 44.1kHz or 48kHz with a 24-bit depth. We feel these are the best compromise of audio fidelity and the utilization of your computer’s resources.

How much will it cost?

How long will it take?

We aim to be as quick as we can while still providing a quality service. In most cases, your project will be done in one week. If required, we provide a rush service for an additional $20 per song.

What if I need more revisions?

No matter what service you choose, we strive to provide a well balanced, clean master. It is important to communicate with us any artistic vision you have in advance that can effect our work and also to take advantage of our Mix Analysis service if you are unsure of your mixing abilities. All of our mastering services come with one revision to help us fine tune your master into something you love. If you require additional revisions, each additional is $10 per song.