MASTERING

 SSL Bus Compressor mastering

On top of mixing, we also offer online mastering for a variety of different formats. A mastering engineer effectively provides the final stage of quality control in a recording. The mastering process involves broad tonal and dynamic changes to the overall mix using EQ, compression and limiting, alongside more involved techniques like stereo width enhancement, parallel compression and the subtle application of second-order harmonic distortion. These adjustments ensure all the tracks on an album or EP sound cohesive and stand up to other commercial mixes on the radio and online. Mastering demands considerable attention to the dynamics of a recording, which depend on the final format – music videos, film trailers and audio-only formats vary tremendously in terms of dynamic range.

We can provide final CD masters on genuine Taiyo Yuden discs, which are renowned for their reliability, or as DDP files, which are recommended as industry standard and the most reliable way to deliver a compact disk recording online. A DDP includes an MD5 checksum that enables pressing plants to verify the data before beginning a production run. It also supports PQ coding and ISRC data for each track, which allows musicians to keep track of PPL royalties, as well as songwriting credits that are then registered on Gracenote and other databases.

Due to an increasing number of our clients releasing their music digitally, we offer mastering for iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and other online distributors. Here it is important to leave the correct amount of headroom so that subsequent conversion to MP3, M4A, AAC and other lossy formats doesn't compromise the quality of the recording. ID3 tags with metadata about each track are added to MP3 files during the mastering process. We can also master recordings in high resolution PCM formats for lossless digital download (e.g. AIFF, FLAC) and offer audio restoration and digitisation of analogue and digital media. 

Rates begin at £45/hour. To discuss your requirements click here. Samples of our work can be heard below: