MASTERING WITH A COLORFUL, VIBRANT & EXCITING SOUND.
Genelec 1032 AM
LE Lavry 4496 AD/DA
Universal Audio Apollo 16 MK II
Limiters & Compressors:
Thermionic Culture The Phoenix
Waves L2 (Hardware)
Warm Audio Pultec EQP-WA (x2)
Focusrite Red 2
Dangerous Music BAX
Burl B32 Vancouver
Editing & Playback:
Sonoris DDP Creator Pro
Listen to our -before and after- mastering samples.
When we master your song, we will make sure that you sound polished and professional. We will fix any mix issue that you may have overlooked and make sure that the overall 'sound' is well balanced, with depth, clarity, punch and a nice stereo image.
The audio clips for each genre play as MP3 (lower quality web-audio).
High quality (WAV versions) are available to download via the link at the end of each sections playlist.
It is worth noting that not every client wants the same "sound" (or frequency balance) nor do they want the same the final level (loudness) - this is a personal preference. Current industry standards for loudness in mastering are referred to as "the loudness wars" which have become a contentious subject. Some clients choose not to participate, in favor of quality over loudness.
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Available on request:
Free ISRC Codes
Free web-ready MP3 of your master
Mastering from Stems +$10 per song
(Max of 8 stereo stems)
Redbook Master CD & Mailing +$20
DDP Image of Master CD +20
Contact us to add any additional service:
Payments via the Secure PayPal Checkout.
All Major Credit Cards, Debit Cards & PayPal.
Upon completion, you will be taken directly to our secure file uploading page.
What is mastering
Mastering should be the final step before your project is manufactured and/or released to the public. The purpose of which is to fix any mix deficiencies that may have been overlooked, balance the sound (the frequencies), polish it and give it a commercially acceptable final loudness. In short, make it sound like a professional and commercially viable song comparable to industry standards (ie recordings from other major artists/labels in your genre).
LANDR v Headroom
LANDR and other emastering services are inexpensive automated services -without a mastering engineer- where you are able to apply a "mastering" preset template to your song with varying degrees of success, aimed at beginners. Headroom Mastering is a professional mastering studio, a mastering engineer listens to, and masters your song to its individually requirements based on instinct & experience combined with any notes & reference songs you may have provided in order to guide how you anticipate the final master to sound.
To use a suit analogy, LANDR would be a S, M or L suit, off the rack and in an inexpensive material and Headroom Mastering would be the custom made suit, by a tailor, to your specific requirements, in a more expensive fabric.
What are the benefits of a good mastering job
Think of it as putting your best foot forward. Getting a polished and professional final sound on your recording/project is essential and will ensure that you music is perceived to be professional and commercially viable, conforming with current industry standards in sonics & level. When an A&R person, a taste-maker, radio DJ or a potential fan press play on your song, you do not want their first impression to be underwhelming. You want the song to jump out of the speaker, excite and grab their attention - that's what we do.
If you don't choose us then ensure that you do find a mastering engineer to work with to finalize your project.
Will mastering fix a bad mix
It will vastly improve it but keep in mind that mastering can by no means completely fix terrible recordings and mixes.
What's the best format
Export your song as:
AIF or WAV [PCM uncompressed]
Note: We also accept MP3's but this is a lower quality format.
44.1k [Sample Rate] & 16bit
Note: This is CD standard audio and is used by most services such as CD Baby, etc. However, you are welcome to send audio at higher settings.
What's the best export level