Stereo Mastering is the final process of preparing music for distribution and broadcast. This is where levels are balanced, frequencies receive finishing touches and any other problems with the mix are ironed out. It is largely a quality monitoring process. You will often see it described as the "final step" in production or that it ensures your mixes translate well to other systems.
Files submitted for mastering should be in the highest resolution available and generally in .WAV or .AIF format.
We recommend removing any pre-mastering processing such as limiting/compressors and keeping the highest peak-level of each song at -6dB or less. This gives us enough headroom for the best possible master.
Stems are very useful if you plan to have a professional balanced mix. Stem mixes are rendered track versions/submixes of different groups in your mix. This means that your channels are summarized to useful groups and are slightly adapted by yourself. Check below our example for stems. This discrete stems approach provides the ultimate flexibility. It allows you and the mix engineer to further fine tune the tone and balance of the priority instruments during the mix session.
Why use stems?
Mastering from stem mixes is a more complex and time consuming process, however, the added flexibility that comes along with it often makes the investment well worth it.
For example, a common issue is that the vocal might be slightly quiet, compared to the mix. But they also could be very “S” heavy and we have the opportunity to De-Ess them correctly!
If stems are provided, it is time-saving and an easy way to adapt any changes without having to ask, reply, get a new mix and so on... The project turnaround is much faster!
Stem Mix #1 - Kick & Bass Group
Stem Mix #2 - Cymbals, Claps, Snares Group
Stem Mix #3 - Vocals Group
Stem Mix #4 - Pads Group
Stem Mix #5 - Synths Group
Stem Mix #6 - Pluck Sounds Group
Stem Mix #7 - Reverb Group
Stem Mix #8 - FX Group
Our mixing service take your individual raw recorded tracks to the next level. We have the possibility to edit (EQ, compress, gate/expand, fade, automate, effect etc...) each track individually to get a perfect mixing for the following mastering.
This is a much deeper intervention compared to “only” Mastering. Mastering from individual raw tracks is a complex and time consuming process, however, the added flexibility that comes along with it often makes the investment well worth it.
The final delivery format after Mastering is 16-bit Wav (CD-Norm) if there is no other output desired.