Once the mix is done, mastering is the next step. Mastering is a form of post production that happens after the songs are mixed, and is the process that creates a “master copy” of the songs from which all future copies will be made (duplication, replication, pressing, etc.).
This process is the final quality control for the record, and helps make sure it sounds in line with other releases with regard to loudness, tone, and overall sound quality.
If the songs are intended for replication to CD, the master CD with proper song spacing, CD text, and ISRC codes is produced in the mastering process.
This master copy is what you send to the replication company when you order CDs. (In some cases, the replication company will have a utility for us to upload the entire CD for you right from our computer.)
Mastering is typically done with software, and various methods are used, depending on the source material. The goal is a competitive master that is full, clean, and balanced, and portrays the artist, the songs, and the mixes in their best light.
For mastering, place your order and send the mixes to email@example.com.
Prices are for unsigned artists, and includes the master plus one revision, if necessary, based on your notes. Labels and signed artists may require more production and assembly time. Please contact Sean for a quote.
Mastering clients are encouraged to send mixes for critique prior to printing the final mix. Final artwork assembly can also be ordered to help make sure CD artwork conforms to the manufacturer’s specs.