MUSIC MASTERING FOR YOUR TRACKS
mastering (Audio mastering or e-mastering) is the last point in the processing chain after recording and mixing (Mixing) in the recording studio before the audio material or track is released as a master or online mastering, or the tracks go to the pressing plant for further processing.
Of course we also take on other projects Online mastering and guarantee the highest analog sound quality with top customer service and personal advice.
MASTERING FAQ FOR ONLINE AUDIO MASTERING
Mastering or online mastering is primarily a refinement of the mix of a song in which an attempt is made to get the sound of the track as good as possible on everyone possible interception conditions (such as the radio, hi-fi system, smartphone, or streaming platforms). The track frequency response, Mono compatibility and dynamics taken into account. The aim of online mastering should be that the track, tonally, follows the result Mixing of the title.
- Composing, producing, recording,
- Mixing or mixing,
- Master or mastering.
As a last step In the processing chain, special attention must be paid to the audio master in the recording studio. Mastering Engineer is a profession and by no means a hobby. In addition to understanding technical measuring instruments, spatial conditions must also be certain Meet specifications and standards to be able to master there professionally at all. Even the monitoring path has to be checked and adjusted to special DIN standards.
AS PERSONAL COLLABORATION IS OFTEN DIFFICULT TO IMPLEMENT DUE TO THE DISTANCE, WE ALSO OFFER OUR MASTERING AS SG EMASTERING OR ONLINE MASTERING YEAR.
In the master process, the Mastering engineer usually a mix of the track is delivered as a stereo file, which is then transferred to his DAW (Digital audio workstation) pulls. Here he gets one first Overview of the sound, as well as the technical and musical condition of the song.
After the first assessment of the audio material, this freed from technical errors and unwanted frequencies to follow the Dynamic reduction, if necessary, to be carried out in order to arrive at a competitive loudness.
After the dynamics have been adjusted, the material is subjected to musical mastering, which ensures that subjective perceptions of individual elements or passages get their own sound character. This can be done with tube devices or other special hardware. "Saturation“Is for example one of the different stylistic devices around a musical mastering carried out.
The aim of audio mastering is to "upgrade" the track with the help of dynamic processors, equalizers, filters or psychoacoustic devices in such a way that it sounds "good" on as many playback sources as possible (e.g. stereo system, headphones, etc.). So the sound stays the same as possible.
When mastering or in Audio mastering process the emphasis is on a tonally balanced Frequency image, good Mono compatibility and a balanced stereo image in the track. Depending on the need, the level can be adjusted, jitter removed or fades can be set.
- Stereo mastering (editing a Stereo mixes)
- Stem mastering (Processing of sub-groups e.g. drums, vocals, guitars)
- M / S Mastering (processing of In the middle- and Side signal separated from each other. This takes place in a so-called. M / S matrix instead of.)
- Streaming mastering (Specially made for streaming services)
- Vinyl mastering (Mastering with special specifications for vinyl production)
- DDP mastering (Creation of a DDP image for delivery to the press shop)
- Reference mastering (professional version adapted to the genre and frequency response of a reference track)
- Emastered (This is how traditional online mastering is called)
- AI mastering (mastering through artificial intelligence. Providers such as Landr, Emastered or similar use algorithms and presets)
DIGITAL CONNECTION MASTERING
With increasing digitization and greater acceptance of streaming portals such as Spotify, ITunes, Amazon Music and co. they change too Requirements for audio material.
Due to a wide variety of end devices and internet speeds, the streaming portals convert the audio into a wide variety of output formats. This is done to enable the listener to always have a smooth audio playback and good sound. Through this Conversion often changes the frequency response of a piece. In online mastering, these conversion-side changes to the audio quality of the song are reduced to a minimum.
FORMAT CONFLICTS IN MASTERING
MP3's are more and more part of our everyday life. Unfortunately with compromises in terms of quality, due to the high compression and the calculation of Frequency information. This makes an MP3 particularly small, in contrast to the Wave.
MONO COMPATIBILITY IN MASTERING
Another aspect is the mono compatibility, which is particularly important if the listener is listening to the mix or the master with a smartphone or other playback device with only one loudspeaker. If too little attention was paid to mono compatibility when mixing, half the song is dropped. Especially with drums or the kick drum, insufficient mono compatibility can lead to high losses in audio quality and ruin the whole song.
In our mastering studio in Würzburg, we are able to switch a wide variety of audio codecs, which are used for conversion into different file formats, into our listening path in order to make changes to the frequency image and the tonality to be determined and corrected if necessary.
The following applies to a good sound of your music:
Mixing is primarily responsible for a balanced sound of your song. Thoughts like “we'll fix it in mastering” or “the mastering engineer will save it” are completely wrong starting points.
This is done with the help of analysis tools, metering and his hearing z. A broad knowledge is already required here in order to correctly assess the audio. The song is then processed with various processors such as compressor, EQ, deesser or other hardware or software. As a result, the sound material will have a frequency response that is as balanced as possible.
After mixing, a distinction is made between two types of mastering. For one thing technical mastering (Creation of the Glassmasters for CDs, die for vinyl records), on the other hand that musical- and I baked the premastering (Track editing of the mixdowns and preparation for the techn. Mastering).
At the end of every song production, the question arises again and again: "How loud to master?"
In short: So loud that your song still sounds good!
A few years ago, the loudness of a track was crucial to be competitive with other tracks in the same genre.
Only really good mixes succeeded here, loud yet transparent to be. But a lot has happened in the area of track loudness in recent years. the Streaming provider have introduced a general loudness normalization that makes it possible to focus on the quality of the production rather than on the loudness during mastering.
So it's no longer "how loud do I have to master" that counts, but rather "how good the track should sound after mastering".
The quality of your track should be competitive with other titles in your genre. It's not about individual details like eg a snare drum sounds, but rather how the overall frequency response behaves within the title. Today there are countless streaming providers and ways to make your track heard. In this respect, the tuning of the frequency response and the sound on the most diverse playback media and streaming portals become essential. So today it is no longer important how loud the mastering is, but how good it is.
The quality of the master is therefore decisive as to whether your track is assertive and therefore competitive with all other titles from your genre.
OUR MASTERING CUSTOMERS
We gave our album here for mastering without a doubt and are 100% satisfied! Super communication and our music was not only processed, but also understood musically.
Great work! First received a detailed analysis of my mix and at the end a good-sounding master. Very friendly communication and really quick response. It was a pleasure!