Some important points you should follow in order to deliver an optimized mix for mastering
you work in AIFF or WAV format with a bit depth of 24Bit and a fix sample rate between 48-192kHz from beginning to finish of your project and deliver your mix to me in this format. However, if you haven’t then don’t worry, I will get results, making the best with what you convey.
Do not up-sample
your files, always stick to the initial sample rate of your session. Please do not apply any dither or noise shaping to your master, I can take care of this using state of the art converters.
Do not normalize files
and do not add any processing such as limiting, compression, finalizing or additional equalization on the master bus. While dynamic processing can make sense to use for individual sounds or tracks used in the mix they will literally seal off your material when applied to the master bus. As a result, there will be very little room left for good mastering.
Keep a headroom of -6dB
to your final mix, do not exceed a minimum of -3dB. This headroom is the sphere I work within.
Leave a couple of seconds of ‘spare’ audio
before and after your actual piece of music. Detailed Fade-In/-Outs are best done after the processing part of the mastering.
Name your tracks
Track 1, Track 2… for digital formats and CD, or Track A1, Track A2… for vinyl or cassette. We will stick to this convention during the mastering process, your titles and other tags are added to the DDP Image once you’ve agreed on a master.
to send the final version of your mix, the version you are happy with and which you want to be mastered. In case I will note a problem that has to be corrected from your side I will be in touch before proceeding with the master.