Mastering – An Explanation
Hailed by many as the last creative process for your record, professional Mastering is the discerning musician’s and producer’s choice for ensuring that your music is perfect for release. Whether the delivered media type is CD, Download, Vinyl, Blu-Ray or Streaming with quality ranging from MP3 to full HD, if you get your project Mastered correctly then you will have confidence that it will translate across all formats and players alike.
With ever increasing demands for new specifications and formats (such as “Pure HD”, “Mastered For iTunes” and “Spotify” algorithims), getting your project mastered correctly is the only way to present your music to the world. Using professional mastering tools and experience, LOUD has the advantage of two dedicated mastering and editing rooms that utilise a broad range of equipment from analogue EQ, compressors and tape machines to full digital limiting and state of the art software plug-ins. With everything from the cabling to the clean power supply meticulously tested and chosen, this high resolution studio will compliant and complete your music.
Professional Mastering – Our guide to helping you select the result you require.
LOUD offers two different levels of professional Mastering:
The main analogue studio, Studio 1, is our ultra high fidelity “Premium” solution that can range from a simple analogue transfer to mastering via 1/2″ tape and vinyl. This is the way mastering should be done! No limits to technical creativity, all options are explored while searching for the best route through the hardware to get the best possible sounding record. All our mastering hardware is stacked with access to the rear sockets so we can exclusively select the right equipment for the session! This service needs to be booked in advance and is definitely our most popular solution.
The second studio is a more stripped back solution offering the same high attention to detail but based more around a plugins system with select hardware. In an acoustically controlled environment with the same ATC monitoring as studio one, studio two offers rates to unsigned artists and quick projects where the full weight of studio one isn’t required.
Costings for a Mastering session vary, we differentiate between individual track Mastering (where each track to be Mastered is treated independently) and project Mastering (where a collection of tracks relate to each other and will be compiled into an EP or album, creating a consistency between levels and EQ). A more detailed explanation for both services is below.
Studio 1 Premium Mastering – Explanation
This Premium service is performed in our main Mastering room using a wealth of state of the art analogue and digital equipment, custom EQ’s and analogue tape machines. The equipment in our main Mastering studio has been meticulously chosen with a passionate attention to detail and even utilises custom OEM modifications from highly respected equipment manufacturers to ensure the cleanest, quietest, most transparent signal path. With a choice of engineers, encompassing years of experience and expertise, this is professional Mastering at its best, skilfully enhancing your music whilst striking a good balance between high quality results and price. These sessions are ideally suited to mastering albums and EP’s for all sizes of record label.
Due to the unique nature of each Mastering session, it is impractical to put a price guide for you to follow, it’s best to email or call us for a specific quote for your project (we can then take into account tracks, length, editing, master choices, etc.).
*Sessions for the Track Mastering and Project Mastering options have strict terms and conditions. Click here for more info. There are also additional charges for “stems” mastering, these charges involve the set up and preparations of the stems.
Studio 2 Mastering – Explanation
Working in Studio 2 keeps the Mastering costs to a minimum. The entire session is composed within our dedicated computer using specialist software and plug-ins. Studio 2 also uses selected hardware for sessions based on the same equipment from Studio 1. Studio 2 Mastering is ideal for both “project based” and “track based” options, targeting those on a small budget, or should you need a fast, cost effective mastering solution but still want professional results. To keep the prices down this service is strictly unattended. We only use licensed plugins and registered DAWs.
*There are also additional charges for “stems” mastering, these charges involve the set up and preparations of the stems. Click here for more info.
Vinyl Mastering – Explanation
Vinyl Mastering is a craft that has has seen “JONZ” name written all over it for countless releases over the last 30 years. From Bob Marley to Sting to U2 to Depeche Mode, whether it’s a re-issue, a brand new album or single, join the record companies that have all released vinyl with unprecedented success! John has built a custom, high resolution vinyl lathe designed specifically for HD music files. It ensures that your music is kept at the highest quality, in full, glorious HD.
Happy to take up the mantle, Jason now runs the cutting lathe in Studio 1 and is now pleased to see his “JASDAFACE” moniker cut into the runout groove in honour of John. This year alone has seen cuts from King Crimson, XTC, Nightmares On Wax and Spectre.
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