Quick Guide

Follow the advice on this page to ease the process and avoid errors and delays

I am always available to answer your questions over the telephone or by email

Preparing for Mastering

Mixing Tips for Mastering

Download Mixdown for Mastering


This PDF contains all the things you need to know before mastering.

File Format

Stereo WAV or AIFF is preferred.

Resolution

24 bit or 32 bit float.

Sample Rate

44.1 kHz or higher. Do not sample rate convert the mix yourself.

Headroom

The mix should peak below 0 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.

Fades

Do not fade out the file yourself but tell me where the fade should begin and end.

Start/End

Make sure you include the whole of the start and the end of the song when exporting.

Alternative Versions

Extended, edit, singback, etc. must all be otherwise identical to the main version.

Upload

Always use this link for uploading:

Online Mastering WeTransfer

Mastering FAQ

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

Turnaround

The average delivery time is 7 to 14 days, though occasionally more during early summer and late autumn. Singles can often get express service.

Download

If you do not need to burn or replicate a CD you will simply receive a download link.

Red Book Master CD or DDP Image

A downloadable DDP image is the preferred format used for CD replication. A DDP can contain ISRC and other codes. A Red Book Master CD is a physical alternative to a DDP.

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.