What is mastering?

Mastering, a form of audio post production, is the process of fusing the collective sounds in your audio mix, maintaining balance across the entire recording, and preparing the finished music project for distribution.

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Music Mastering Next Steps – How To Order

Adding Mastering To A CD Project:

  1. When you place an order in our online quoter, be sure to select a Mastering option when you get to the mastering page.
  2. When you enter the "Project Center" you will be able to upload your artwork and audio.
  3. You will then be asked to complete a Mastering Questionnaire, which will give us all the details we need to properly master your audio.
  4. When you upload your audio, please upload mixed down, stereo masters in hi-resolution format files such as WAV or AIFF. If you cannot provide a hi-res format, please see the right for other acceptable formats.

Ordering Mastering Without A CD Project:

  1. Go to our online quoter and choose “Mastering Only.”
  2. Choose the number of tracks you want mastering for.
  3. When you enter the "Project Center" you will be able to upload your audio.
  4. You will then be asked to complete a Mastering Questionnaire, which will give us all the details we need to properly master your audio.
  5. When you upload your audio, please upload mixed down, stereo masters in hi-resolution format files such as WAV or AIFF. If you cannot provide a hi-res format, please see the right for other acceptable formats.
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What audio mastering does for your music:

  • Raises the overall volume level.
  • Evens out song levels and EQ individual tracks for cohesion.
  • Corrects minor mix deficiencies with equalization.
  • Enhances flow by changing the space between tracks.
  • Removes pops, clicks, and other unwanted noises.
  • Gives your music consistent playback on different sound systems.

Why is mastering audio important to you?

Mastering is one of the last and most critical stages in determining the overall quality of your music release. It’s a standard requirement for all major-label releases, whether it’s for radio play, selling on iTunes or a vinyl reissue. Most importantly, mastering music is done objectively by a proficient engineer, like the mastering engineers from The SoundLAB at Disc Makers, capable of noticing issues and providing solutions. It’s always beneficial to have a fresh pair of ears listen to your music.

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Need a second opinion on whether you need mastering? Let our professional mastering engineers listen to your music and give you their analysis for free. Give us a call at 800-468-9353 to set things up.