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Passion for the art, science & emotion of sound
Pristine Audio Enhancement
Your last stop in great sounding recordings. Adding clarity to the entire spectrum of your mix.
Mastering From Stems
Mastering by group or bus stems. Next level control for the mastering process.
Mastered mix stems for video placement. Control and ease for video editors.
If your mixes aren’t shaping up like you want to hear, we’ll finish to your spec before the mastering stage.
Final Stage Processing for: Vinyl, CD, & all standard and HD streaming platforms, including:
MQA, Apple Digital Masters / Apple Music (formerly iTunes), Soundcloud, Spotify, TIDAL, Amazon Music HD, Google Play, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Deezer, LiveXLive, Primephonic, Qobuz, SiriusXM, etc.
What is Mastering?
Mastering is the crucial final step in the recording process. We will prepare your recordings for whatever format they will be released on, including; CD duplication/replication, streaming distribution, vinyl lathe cutting, mix tape cassettes, or radio broadcast. Mastering will ensure that your sound quality is the finest possible.
We get asked every week to define “mastering.” Personally, we like to define it as: “The last stage in the creative process of finishing a recording, using the absolute highest quality dynamics and frequency control.” Mastering can be compared to mixing, but instead of focusing on the balance of the instruments, we focus on the balance of frequencies and the impact of all the elements of a performance.
Also, mastering should help all material achieve a more consistent playback on any system.
In layman’s terms, mastering is like sanding and polishing up a woodworking project. Without it, the overall appearance/functionality might be pretty good. But a closer look reveals all of the imperfect — hidden and obvious — rough edges. Mastering goes in and smoothes out all of the “splinters” like leveling volume or tweaking tonal problems in a recording. Nobody wants a splinter in the ear.
And just like carpentry, mastering requires an artisan. Mixes should be gently massaged by a qualified and seasoned engineer. Someone with an uncanny ear for universal tones and super nerdy technical chops to make you sound the way you’ve always wanted to…
Although we work with artists ranging from punch-you-in-the-face-punk to electronica dreamwave to moonshine bluegrass fusion, we give the same attention and care to each project. No matter the kind of music you make (or podcasts, audiobooks, TV shows, etc.), we go through all the steps to make your tracks sound clearer and more vibrant.
We 100% guarantee our work, and want every artist happy with the the service we provide.
Recent Blog Posts
Increasing Professionalism Through Mastering
THE BENEFITS OF PROFESSIONAL MASTERING The goal of finishing your recordings for distribution - also known as the mastering process, is to make your recorded and mixed works sound their absolute best on every digital release platform, physical format, and listening...