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The mastering engineers at the SoundLAB at Disc Makers can give your music the soaring highs and booming lows it needs to compete against all the other releases out there.
So what is mastering? Every major label release is mastered to prepare it for radio play and retail sale. The reason? In the studio you record one song at a time, resulting in songs that all peak at different levels and have different EQs. A mastering engineer can unify your album with skillful use of EQ, gain, and compression to give it a consistent sound from track to track. This process also allows the mastering engineer to pump up the volume of your overall album so it’s as hot as can be and make it sound unbelievable.
With music mastering from the SoundLAB you can get the professional sound you want at a fraction of the cost. You’ll get the same exact treatment that perfectionists such as Eminem, The Roots, and Jason Newsted of Metallica fame have chosen. All for as low as $99 a song.
A fresh pair of ears can be the difference between a good-sounding CD and a great one. A real advantage of audio post production is that an unbiased sound professional has the opportunity to evaluate your master and determine how to get the most out of your production. After you’ve spent weeks or even months in a recording studio listening to your CD over and over again, a fresh pair of ears of one of our mastering engineers can put the project into perspective for you, and let you know whether or not your CD will benefit from audio post production. After all, you only have one chance to make your music sound its best. The choice is up to you.
To improve your recording the mastering engineer can:
Making a CD generally involves four steps:
This is the process of capturing your performance onto a physical medium like tape or a computer’s hard disk.
This is the process of blending together multiple recorded tracks using a mixing console; the usual result is a two-channel, stereo performance.
In this phase, your audio recording is balanced, equalized, and enhanced so your finished product will be both more musical and more competitive in the marketplace.
In this final step, your digital audio master is transferred to a glass master and thousands of copies are made.
If you’re not mastering your audio recording, you are leaving out what could be a crucial step in the making of your CD. Your master is the template for thousands of your CDs to be produced for commercial release. CD mastering enables your recording to faithfully reproduce your vision, making it the most musical and commercially competitive it can be, by bridging the technological gap between the artist’s recording equipment and the listener’s stereo system. CD mastering can make a huge difference in the competitiveness and musical value of your product – and it is also the greatest bargain in the entire workflow of making a CD.
Why Use the SoundLAB at Disc Makers?
The SoundLAB at Disc Makers offers world-class CD mastering that makes your music ready for commercial release. Our industry-leading mastering studios offer you access to some of the most advanced audio mastering gear available.
Our rates are targeted and set for our customers – independent artists. The SoundLAB at Disc Makers gives you access to the same industry-leading equipment at a fraction of the price of the world’s other top CD mastering houses.
Your job will receive the individual care and attention it deserves. Since 1959, Disc Makers has been committed to quality and customer satisfaction, and our work is 100% guaranteed
Mastering sessions can happen both with the client in attendance or unattended, if the client is not local or cannot make the session for other reasons. In fact, with high-speed internet connections, the majority of the process can be handled long-distance if needed. You can upload your mixes to my secure server and I can post mastered versions for your review.
My approach to mastering includes five steps:
۱٫ Evaluate your recordings, goals and reference material
۲٫ Sonically polish each song to achieve its full potential
۳٫ Assemble the album, including setting song spacing
۴٫ Submit the first master for client review and changes
۵٫ Generate the final master, perform quality assurance on that master and prepare paperwork for manufacturing
First, your material is evaluated in an acoustically accurate room, using a high quality monitoring chain. If you have albums you want me to reference, I’ll listen to these as well. During this process, I’ll get a sense of each song and the album as whole. Are your mixes too bright? Are they too dull? Do they lack bass? How do they compare to your reference material? Are the mixes consistent with one another? How could each song best fit into the sonic context of the entire album? Does a given track sound great and not need additional processing?
Next, each song is carefully sculpted and processed to achieve its full sonic potential and to best balance it against the entire album. Here at ValveTone, this usually involves high-quality analog equalization (Millennia, Neve, API and Tube-Tech) and compression (Summit, Pendulum, API and Purple Audio). Occasionally, other processing is used, such as stereo expansion, the addition of reverb, multi-band compression, M-S processing, noise reduction or other sonic restoration techniques.
A well-mastered song sounds great on all kinds of systems, whether on an audiophile-quality sound system, a car radio or an iPod. Accurate monitoring and well-trained ears ensure that your mastered album will translate onto almost any system.
Once each song is treated, the tracks of your album are assembled in order. The beginning and ending of each track is examined and cleaned. The spacing between songs is carefully set and any cross-fades are applied. CD track start and end markers are created. Then, the relative volume of each song is adjusted to create a balanced listening experience. If industry-competitive loudness is desired, the necessary processing is applied.
If you are attending the session, I burn you a reference CD to take home and review. If you are not attending the session, I create reference audio files and upload them to my secure server. Once we are both satisfied, I burn you a final redbook master disc, perform one last quality assurance test, and give you the paper work for disc manufacturing. You review the master one last time and send it off.
Now that’s not so complicated is it?
Stems are a full set of sub-mixes representing all the tracks in a song, broken out in some logical grouping. For example, the stems for a rock song might include: kick, snare, the rest of the drums, bass, guitars, lead vocal, backing vocals, keyboards and reverb/effects. These sub-mixes are created so that when they are mixed together they add up to your exact, final mix.
Some clients like to have their album mastered from stems rather than from stereo mixes. The advantage of this method is that the mastering engineer has the ability to treat and process the material at a more granular level; they can address any sonic issues with the voice or adjust the overall relation between the bass and kick and how they merge to form the low-end of the mix, etc. They can then re-combine the processed stems using a high-quality summing device or vintage console (like myvintage Neve 5465) and feed this stereo mix into the normal mastering process.
The primary disadvantage in mastering from stems is obvious: it takes more time than mastering from stereo mixes. More time means more cost, but the benefits can worth it, for certain kinds of projects, or where you are uncertain of the quality of the mix.
The final issue with mastering from stems is that it blurs the line between mixing and mastering. This can be a double-edged sword: individual musical elements can be treated and adjusted in a way that is impossible with stereo mixes. This could be a godsend for the project. Or, in the wrong hands, working from stems can lead to a final product that deviates too far from the artistic intent of the original mix. Communication and careful review is key
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