Mixing Tips for MasteringDownload Mixdown for Mastering
This PDF contains all the things you need to know before mastering.
Stereo WAV or AIFF is preferred.
44.1 kHz or higher. Do not sample rate convert the mix yourself.
The mix should peak somewhere between -12 and -3 dBFS.
Plug-ins On the Master Bus
If you are using plug-ins on the master bus then please make one version with, and one without, plug-ins. Limiting or clipping the master bus should always be avoided.
Do not fade out the file yourself but tell me where the fade should begin and end.
Make sure you include the whole of the start and the end of the song when exporting.
Extended, edit, singback, etc. must all be otherwise identical to the main version.
Always use this link for uploading:
Online Mastering WeTransfer
Procedure for Online Mastering
- Send an email to order mastering
- Attach an MP3 (less than 9 Mb) to your email and get a free mix check
- Upload your WAV file using Online Mastering WeTransfer
- You will receive a download link to the mastered song
- After you have approved the master, you will receive a PayPal money request
The average delivery time is 10 to 14 days, though occasionally more. Singles can sometimes get express service at an additional cost.
If you do not need to burn or replicate a CD you will simply receive a download link.
Red Book Master CD or DDP Master
Choose a Red Book master CD or DDP master if you wish to replicate your CD. DDP is an error corrected format used for glass master production. DDP can be delivered on a physical medium or as a downloadable file. DDP can contain ISRC and other codes.
ISRC - International Standard Recording Code
If your music is to be sold on iTunes, you need ISRCs. If your music is being played on the radio, ISRC is an advantage for identification purposes.
You get the first part of the ISRC from your local department of IFPI. The full code consists of the items below, and each song will be assigned a unique ISRC:
US-ABC-10-001-01 (country-record label-year of registration-release-track)
Gracenote CD Database
For iTunes and similar software to show the correct title and track names automatically, you need to submit your CD to Gracenote. Read more about how to submit your CD to the Gracenote Database.
Terms and Conditions
The MP3 for the mix check must be sent at least three weekdays before a session to guarantee feedback, and the service is only intended as a guide.
The WAV file(s) must be uploaded in the correct format and ready for download the night before the session. Alternative versions must be delivered at the same time as the main version.
Changes to the master due to unnoticed errors in the mix or later changes to the mix is billed as other editing.
You can cancel a booking of a single track two weekdays in advance and five weekdays in advance for more than one track.