Some important points you should consider in order to deliver an optimized mix for mastering:

Ideally
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. I can work with tracks up to 32Bit float @ 384kHz. However, if your material doesn’t meet those specs 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, if necessary at all, 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.

In addition to this ‘clean’ version you can always send me your reference mix including master bus processing to give me an idea of what you are looking for.

Keep a headroom of -6dB
to your final mix, try not to exceed a minimum of -3dB. This headroom is the sphere I will work in.

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.

Make sure
to send the final version of your mix, the version you are happy with and which you want to have mastered. In case I will note a problem that has to be corrected from your side, we will discuss this before proceeding with the master.

Turnaround time
depending on the scale of your project is between 1-5 days after a session has started.

 Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.  

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