Audio Mastering and is the final and a very important stage in the music production procedure. When the mixing of all tracks finish it is time to put a last touch and adjust the volume levels and dynamics of the song(s) before distribution. In the mastering stage we process the song(s) as an entirety and not every individual instrument as we did in mixing stage.
The most important tools are compressors, equalizers and a limiter as last part of the effect chain. We could use some other tools like as spectral shapers, exciters, clippers and imagers. Target here is to take the final mix polish and enhance it, adjust the final levels of the whole song and finally prepare it accordingly for distribution. You may often see that it is called as “premaster” if it is going to be delivered on cd or vinyl.
A crucial element of the final Master is the perceived loudness of the audio. Depending on how you will deliver your music different loudness standards exist in the industry.
E.g. Spotify’s suggesting a target of about -14dB integrated Loudness and a True Peak of no more than -1,0 dB. In this all tracks are played through Spotify application are even in terms of loudness (so the listener do not level up or down the volume gain in each different song). Various platforms have its standards (in similar values with Spotify although).
Different are also the values if we deliver the music physically on cd while mastering for vinyl needs some more things to consider.
A small chat about how you will deliver your music is critical to achieve the best possible result in technical terms.
What we do
Adjust the levels to music industry’s standards
Add clarity, body and character
Keep the music flow interesting
Achieve a cohesive result (for EPs or full albums) among the various songs
What you get
WAV or AIFF High Quality Stereo files in bit depth and sample rate according to your specific needs
A full loudness and dynamic range analysis report on pdf
A High-Quality MP3 or AAC format edition of the Final Master
2 Free Revision Rounds to ensure your 100% satisfaction
Any Metadata Tag needed to be imported to the final audio file (where applicable)
Mono Compatibility Check
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