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 is our ultra high fidelity “Premium” solution that can range from a simple analogue transfer to mastering via 1/2″ tape. 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 lowest cost and most basic option is an all digital, unattended “Workstation” solution. Proudly recognised as one of the best workstation systems around, without the shortfalls many ‘computer mastering engineers’ have to make, the mastering is done with the same attention to detail on the same ATC monitors using carefully selected plugins.
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.
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.
Workstation Mastering – Explanation
Workstation Mastering keeps the Mastering costs to a minimum. The entire session is composed within our dedicated computer using specialist software and plug-ins. Workstation 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.
For single tracks, EP’s and Album masters, use our no-fuss independent mastering service run exclusively by Jason, available here.
*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.
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