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What sets us apart: Peak Studios' Online Mastering Service

Want to make sure that your tracks are presented in the highest quality? Peak Studios' Online Mastering Service offers you the opportunity to professionally optimize songs and albums. While digital processing in mastering is cost-effective and widespread, our core business is primarily in the higher-quality analog mastering by an experienced expert in the recording studio, giving your tracks a unique sound character and improved audio quality.

Technology: Audio Mastering with state-of-the-art Equipment

The quality of a mastering is directly dependent on the quality of the studio environment. Outstanding technical equipment and optimal room acoustics are crucial here. The addition of analog equipment, such as tube compressors, EQs, and tape machines, lends a pleasing color and depth to the audio recordings that are challenging to replicate digitally. However, these prerequirements are not only expensive to acquire but also require expertise and experience in operation. This is where the value of our professional mastering services in a specialized mastering studio: lies: Our experts have a wide selection of industry-leading equipment in acoustically optimized rooms specifically for mastering, allowing them to edit your recordings in all details at the highest level. 

Chris Jones CEO of Peak Studios

What others say about us

MØZ HEADMØZ HEAD ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Top service, quick answers, super good mastering! We respond immediately to requests or changes! I can only recommend it!Response from the ownerThanks Simon. Gladly again! PRPR ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Very impressive on-site mixing training. Learned a lot, and in hindsight I had a better ear and feel for mixing. The first step is completed. ThanksResponse from the ownerThank you very much! Lovely again! Finally made it recordsFinally made it records ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Honestly, this is so far the best mixing and mastering services I have had after years of setbacks to find great ones. This is over now because Peak studio brings me quality and professionalism. Furthermore, they also advise me to improve my project. In some way they are more than engineers, they are genius!!Response from the ownerThank you very much! We are looking forward for future projects! Matthi MuMatthi Mu ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ We have had our songs mixed and mastered at Peakstudios since 2012! The sound and work quality is excellent! Every wish will be fulfilled. Peakstudios works efficiently and orders are processed as quickly as possible! 100% recommendation and no other online studio would be an option for us! Here's to the next 12 years :-)Chris' best man! Kind regards, MatthiResponse from the ownerThank you very much! Here’s to the next 12 years! Luke HütterLuke Hütter ★★★★ ☆ It's quick and special requests are taken into account. Price/performance is okay. So it can only be recommended.Response from the ownerThank you very much Luke. Gladly again! José Leon afonsoJosé Leon afonso ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Great professionals, maximum quality in service, rapidity and great detail with detailed explanations. 100% recommended.Response from the ownerMuchas gracias. Fue muy divertido and a great song. ¡Con mucho gusto de nuevo en cualquier momento! Chris MollerChris Moller ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I would like to thank you very much for your cooperation. The communication is great and time is taken to work together on the sound - this includes both technical and creative aspects. The Peak Studios are recommended to everyone - whether beginner, advanced or professional. Gladly again, ✍🏻.Response from the ownerThank you very much, dear Chris. Until the next song! Martin MayerMartin Mayer ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A really, really good decision to hire this team! Very reliable and good communication. High quality in both vocal editing and mastering. Requests for changes were always responded to quickly and implemented.Response from the ownerThank you very much Martin. Again any time. We are looking forward to many more productions to come😊 TheQuadraphonixTheQuadraphonix ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ First-class service, absolutely professional work and in record time! Chris is also really likeable and supported my project with a level of support that is second to none! In every respect, a high level of customer orientation and service philosophy that you rarely find today! Now I have not only received an excellent master's degree, but with the help of his mix analysis I have also received really great tips and helpful information on the subject of mixing, from which I will benefit greatly in the future! I can absolutely recommend Peak Studios and am happy to have discovered this excellent studio! Update: I have now had my third track mastered by Chris and am once again completely thrilled with the result! Simply amazing when you hear the mix that was sent for mastering in A/B comparison to the mastering from the Peak studios! The money is absolutely worth it because you simply get a result that sounds extremely good on any system, in the car, on headphones or other sound transducers! That's what I call professional! So my unreserved recommendation continues: Peak Studios 👍Response from the ownerMany thanks for the great feedback. Again any time! Robert VilligerRobert Villiger ★★★★ ☆ It was my first production ever! Trust in the professionalism of Peak Studios had to be established with the results of their work. Now, after completing the job, I and the musicians involved are sure that we got good-sounding and professional work for the investment (stem mastering)! Thank you!Response from the ownerThank you very much Robert. Again any time! Nick NeuburgerNick Neuburger ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Response from the ownerThank you very much Nick! Dave KoonenDave Koonen ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Great company with a very good service. They really take the time to advise their customers and help them achieve the best quality.Response from the ownerThx very much. We are looking forward for upcoming projects! Moritz NepomukMoritz Nepomuk ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ For a long time I thought about whether I should try professional mastering on my Christmas song of a different kind... Then I just did it. And I have to say: I am pleasantly surprised. The processing was really quick and the result was really impressive. This definitely won't be the last time I choose Peak Studios!Response from the ownerA very original Christmas song! Was a lot of fun! DEEMAHDEEMAH ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I am absolutely satisfied with the result (stem mastering). Communication was also top. Thank you!Response from the ownerThank you very much. Lovely again! Stefan HärleStefan Härle ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fast, high quality and very competent. Will come again!Response from the ownerHello dear Stefan. Thank you very much for the great feedback. We are all looking forward to further productions with you and wish you a blessed Christmas season Raphael loRaphael lo ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Chris is a super nice guy. I took two online lessons with him to get feedback and tips on my songs. Helped me a lot! I'll probably have one or two songs mastered here in the future. I'm looking forward to the results.Response from the ownerThank you very much Raphael - happy to come back at any time! RSRS ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Very quick, uncomplicated and professional. Top!Response from the ownerThank you very much Roland! Always my pleasure! MRS. BeVatMRS. BeVat ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fast response, fast processing time and the most important thing at the end: “Very good result”. Thank you Chris!Response from the ownerThank you very much. Always my pleasure! Rupert MRupert M ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I had my album (10 songs) mixed and mastered by Chris in the studio in Würzburg. For me it was a great experience and a real pleasure to be able to look over the master's shoulder at work. I'm absolutely happy with the result - the sound quality is now finally where it should be and takes the whole music to another level. It pops really nicely! Thanks for that Chris, and of course for the cool sessions and your hospitality. Until next time 🙂 Greetings RupertResponse from the ownerThanks Rupert! You know... glass is nothing compared to that!🤣 Until the next hit album!💪😎 Tom Siccard HartwigTom Siccard Hartwig ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Top!Response from the ownerThank you 😊 thomsen81thomsen81 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I had online mixing lessons with Chris. He knows what he's doing and conveys his knowledge competently and friendly. He addresses my questions, brings his own insights that are helpful for the topic. It was educational, fun and, above all, my mix has improves significantly. :) Would love to do it again soon!Response from the ownerThank you very much Thomas for the great review. Lovely again! Oliver BorchersOliver Borchers ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I received both detailed mix feedback and an analog mastering for my EDM track from Chris. The combination of the mix feedback and my subsequent adjustments worked wonders, and Chris's mastering gave the track a truly fantastic finish. I am extremely satisfied and will happily use the service again soon!Response from the ownerThank you very much for the detailed review for our mix feedback and mastering. Lovely again! Til BayerTil Bayer ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I had the opportunity to visit Chris at his Peak Studios for a lesson and bombarded him with my questions. As a beginner, his tips and recommendations were a great help to me and I was able to gain a lot of valuable input in a short time. Chris responds to inquiries very quickly and reliably, he knows exactly what he is doing and shares his experience on a level playing field. Thank you for that Insights into your work! That was a lot of fun, and I'd love to do it again!Response from the ownerThank you very much. The mixing and mastering lessons were definitely a lot of fun. Very, very happy again! Hans BaumgartenHans Baumgarten ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ First-class quality with impressive working speed! A big movie theater! Communication also went smoothly and quickly. I am absolutely thrilled and would do it again at any time. The price is also completely reasonable! Thank you!!Response from the ownerThank you very much. Until the next song! Tom GürkeTom Gürke ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Chris answers quickly and the mastering was completed within 2 days. I can highly recommend it for those who need good performance in a short time for a good price.Response from the ownerThank you very much, dear Tom. It was a lot of fun putting the finishing touches to your song in the mastering. Good luck with the number! Anna LuciaAnna Lucia ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ For the first time, I had online mastering done for 2 songs for a vinyl single. The result is fantastic. I can only recommend Peak Studios. Chris always responded very quickly to change requests. Communication over the phone was always very pleasant. Looking forward to the next vinyl project. Regards, Francisco.Response from the ownerYou're very welcome! We look forward to a long-lasting collaboration. It was a lot of fun giving your songs the final touch for vinyl! Tomas de VriesTomas de Vries ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Chris and his team did a great job from the beginning till the end.They answered emails really fast (also on Sunday!). We asked for a test version (which its costs were subtracted from the end price!). He made some improvements, and conveyed perfectly with our taste.We are really satisfied with the final versions of our songs. We're coming back soon!Audio feverResponse from the ownerThank you very much. We are also looking forward to master the next songs! Carl Matthias ScheelCarl Matthias Scheel ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I'm very glad I chose Chris and Peak Studios. Initially, Chris provided me with a comprehensive mix analysis, laying the foundation for a significantly improved mix. Then, in stem mastering, he brought our new song to a level that simply brings joy to everyone listening. Thank you very much for the great collaboration, and until next time!Response from the ownerThank you very much for the great review Carl! We are also looking forward to many more great projects with you! Richie McCann (Phunklore)Richie McCann (Phunklore) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fair pricing, good communication and a quick turn around. The sound achieved was exactly what I was looking for, radio quality. Will use againResponse from the ownerThanks a lot. We are looking forward for future projects! S. BaderS. Bader ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I had several fully mixed songs mastered by Chris and I have to say that my expectations were really exceeded. This definitely improved the sound result again. Communication was very good throughout the entire process and all requests were addressed. The whole thing is also reasonably priced. Especially when you consider what you actually get for your money. I can really only recommend Peak Studios. Keep it up!Response from the ownerThank you very much for this great review. We look forward to many more great projects with you and wish you lots of success with the release and lots of listeners! Christoph KlinglerChristoph Klingler ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Absolutely great! Comprehensive and great advice. Very friendly and helpful. I am very satisfied with the execution of the service ordered.Response from the ownerThank you very much, dear Christoph. We look forward to further analog mastering projects with you! Kev FuryKev Fury ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Hello everyone. We booked Mr. Chris Jones for a lesson where we were shown the standards of mixing and mastering. Chris responded very well to our wishes and questions and we were able to take a lot with us! In the end he mastered my first song to the highest level. Hammer! Would recommend Peak Studios to everyone! Friendly and committed person Chris 👍🏼 Greetings KevinResponse from the ownerThank you very much, dear Kevin. It was a pleasure getting to know you and it was a lot of fun introducing you to the techniques involved in mixing and mastering. I wish you a lot of success with the first release TFMTFM ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I give Peak Studios and especially Chris, who mixed and mastered a song (genre: Electronica) of mine, 5 stars! What Chris got out of the raw material is remarkable. Requests for changes were also addressed without any problems after the first mixdown. I also thought it was great that the contact was personal (first contact by telephone). Best regards, ThomasResponse from the ownerThank you very much, dear Thomas. On behalf of the team, I look forward to further projects with you and thank you for the great review. Niklas KoelblNiklas Koelbl ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Super quality, super friendly support and very quick responses. I'm very satisfied.Response from the ownerThank you Simon CwSimon Cw ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fast and competent assistance!Response from the ownerMany thanks 😊 The KeyThe Key ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Very quick and highly professional processing of our mastering. The difference to the raw recordings is amazing and surprised us very positively. We'll definitely be back with new recordings......Response from the ownerThank you very much. Lovely again! Luke KraftLuke Kraft ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Chris is super nice, answers quickly and works very professionally. The sound from the analogue master is great and exactly what I wanted. I can only recommend it!Response from the ownerMany thanks Luca. Again any time! Alexander NickmanAlexander Nickman ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Top!Response from the ownerThank you 😊 Justus GarbeJustus Garbe ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Very fast response and great result!! I really like the analogue mastering of my song, it really touches me. It even got some of the vibe of the reference song. I'm impressed with your work and looking forward to next time!Response from the ownerThank you very much. We are happy too! Kevin SchullerKevin Schuller ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The recording quality in the studio is excellent. I recorded a podcast at Peak Studios. Very quick post-processing, great end result, fair price.Response from the ownerThank you very much. We look forward to further episodes 😊 Alexander MutAlexander Mut ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ perfecto. Fast reliable and high-quality processing 👍🏻Response from the ownerThank you very much. Gladly again! Leander KramerLeander Kramer ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5 Stars! Chris was super nice and responded exactly to our ideas. In addition, everything went super fast - including the change requests. Thank you again at this point. Definitely recommendable!Response from the ownerThank you very much, we look forward to many more productions with you! Yup SlkYup Slk ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Top!!! Uncomplicated, respectful and polite.I am more than satisfied with the end result.The wishes are taken into account and implemented immediately.There is nothing to complain about, this is how a good cooperation is imagined.Price-performance ratio: A1.Response from the ownerThank you very much. Very very gladly again! MacGyverMacGyver ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Top service, top sound, top guy! MacGyver is very satisfied! THX Chris!Response from the ownerThx a lot🙃 Seebob86Seebob86 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I'm recording at home and the recording conditions are definitely not ideal. In that sense I'm really excited about what Chris was able to get out of the recording. My ideas were implemented exactly and it really brought the sound forward. In addition, a very friendly contact with very fast response times. Gladly again for my next projects!Response from the ownerWe can only give that back. Was very pleasant and a high musical level! Philip SeifertPhilip Seifert ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ mega sound and competent and very friendly adviceResponse from the ownerThank you very much. Again any time! Ramon Rodler (As The Starlight Dies)Ramon Rodler (As The Starlight Dies) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Super satisfied | super friendly and fast contact | very competent advice and well-founded tips | absolutely satisfying mixing result .. and all without a long wait. The next track upload will definitely come 🙂Response from the ownerThank you Ramon. Lovely again! Edreziever EdrezieverEdreziever Edreziever ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I'm thrilled with the result, great mixing/mastering, always happy.Response from the ownerThanks, see you next song! Massive dynamic beatsMassive dynamic beats ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Chris' classes and work are excellent. Had a few tracks mastered by him in the second session. Terrific! Very soon again!Response from the ownerLovely again! Was a lot of fun RailRail ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Simply great: Very nice, always constructive contact in advance and then "in the middle". And the end result (mix and mastering digital) totally excites me. The difference to my own attempt is like day and night. Many thanks to Chris for the professional work and see you next song!Response from the ownerThank you 😊 gladly again! JS_Loader

Expertise: Experienced Mastering Engineers

In this process, not only the technology matters but also the expertise of our experienced mastering engineers in the recording studio. Benefit from over 20 years of mastering experience in the production of over 30.000 songs: With precise adjustments EQ, and stereo image processing, our experts can optimize the sound of your recordings. They reduce unwanted frequency ranges, balance the dynamics, and refine the entire mix. This way, we achieve better clarity, assertiveness and balance, individually tailored to your song.

Individuality: Unique Mastering for Unique Songs

But that's not all: the analogue mastering process allows for individual adjustments to the needs of your song. An experienced mastering engineer captures the nuances and intentions of your music and adapts the process accordingly. In contrast to the exclusively digitally processed mastering, the analog mastering at Peak Studios does not always follow the same pattern. Instead, it is individually tailored to your visions and requirements. Through careful listening and fine-tuning, we bring out the strengths in your song that give it its character.


Together with our experts, a personal connection is formed, where we can discuss and implement your creative visions and ideas. This collaborative process leads to a customized end product that perfectly reflects your individual style.

SUCCESSFUL COOPERATIONS WITH WELL-KNOWN ARTISTS

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Analog mastering prices

(use of external outboard gear)

ANALOG STEREO MASTERING COSTS

Our audio online mastering ensures an analog sound experience with New York sound for CD or vinyl.
85 per song *
  • Analog mastering of a stereo mixdown.
  • 2 change versions

ANALOG STEM MASTERING COSTS

Mastering of subgroups. Stem mastering allows for a more in-depth processing of your audio masterial.
from 55 per stem **
  • Analog mastering of subgroups.
  • max. 150 € with 3-5 stems
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STREAMING MASTERING COSTS

Analog master for streaming services such as Spotify and co. Can be booked as stereo or alternatively as stem mastering.
from 55 per stem **
  • Production according to the providers' guidelines.
  • max. 150 € with 3-5 stems

Digital mastering prices

 

DIGITAL (without external outboard – only in the box)

DIGITAL STEREO MASTERING COSTS

Our audio online mastering ensures an analog sound experience with New York sound for CD or vinyl.
60 per song *
  • Digital mastering of a stereo mixdown.
  • 2 change versions

DIGITAL STEM MASTERING COSTS

Mastering of subgroups. Stem mastering allows for a more in-depth processing of your audio masterial.
from 40 per stem **
  • Digital mastering of subgroups.
  • max. 110 € with 3-5 stems
Tip

STREAMING MASTERING COSTS

Digital master for streaming services such as Spotify and Co. Available as stereo or alternatively as stem mastering.
from 40 per stem **
  • Production according to the providers' guidelines.
  • max. 110 € with 3-5 stems

Process of Online Mastering at Peak Studios

Your journey to professionally mastered audio recordings has never been easier and more convenient: just send us your files, and the experts in the studio will take care of the rest!

The Process in Detail

1: Fill out the Contact Form

The first step is to fill out our contact form on the website. Please provide your contact details so that we can ask any necessary questions and keep you informed about the progress.

2: Upload Audio Files

After submitting the Contact form , you can upload your audio files. You can use our upload form or provide us with the files through a download link, such as Dropbox or WeTransfer.

3: Appraisal and Invoice

Once your files have been successfully received, we carefully review your recordings to determine the best approach for mastering. We then send you a detailed invoice for your mastering project and contact you with any relevant questions.

4: Mastering & Finishing

We start the mastering process immediately after confirming your payment. At this point, you will receive information from us about the expected duration of the mastering process. Typically, we complete your order within two working days. If there is a delay due to high demand, we guarantee that the order will be completed within a maximum of five days.

Delivery Specifications

DATA MASTERING
BIT DEPTH
As high as possible. 32-bit floating point (if possible) or 24-bit for other sequencers like Logic or Pro Tools.
SAMPLE RATE
44,1 khz for Redbook CD, 48 or 96 for streaming, DVD-Audio or video production.
FILE FORMATS
Wave, Aiff, SD2, Wave64, Podcast Wave.
DATA CARRIER
CD-ROM (ISO 9660) or DVD-ROM. For online delivery, files can be uploaded directly to our server via our upload form, or alternatively, a download link to your preferred file hoster can be provided.
DITHERING
Please do not apply dithering.
FADES
Please do not apply fades. The only exception is for arranged fades where different parts of a song need to be faded separately. If you wish to have fades, please specify.
VOLUME
A headroom of 2-3 dBFS is sufficient.
STARTS / ENDS
"Trim allowance" should be left. Please leave at least 500 ms of lead-in time. This is especially important for tracks mixed on analog technology consoles (for Predict/Fingerprints denoising).
LIMITING IN THE SUMMING STAGE
Light peak limiting is acceptable, but please avoid using Finalizer or similar tools. The loudness should not exceed approximately -15 dB RMS.
TRACK DESCRIPTION
Precede the songs with the correct track number, for example: "01-my song.wav."
EXAMPLE TRACKS
You can also include 2-3 reference tracks.
OTHER
Include information for CD-Text (Artist/Song Name/Text/Music), and ISRC if desired.

If you prefer to send us the files for the mastering on a physical storage medium, you can also contact us via phone, email, or use our Contact form to initiate the process. We are here to assist you with any questions or issues!

So don't hesitate any longer - give your audio recordings the unique sound and quality they deserve! Choose Peak Studios for analog mastering and experience the difference yourself!

Your upload to Peak Studios

First select the type of processing and then the desired service. You can find a price overview on our website Prices page.

You can choose whether you want to upload your audio files directly or later . For the later upload you will receive a separate upload link after booking (no further data entry required). If you have any questions about data delivery or the production process, you can find all the information in our FAQ section. For cost estimates please use our Contact form.

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Google Rating
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Selected customer testimonials

Connie Conrad
5/5
I have been working with Chris for many years. His mastering stands out from other mastering studios because he feels the mood and musical style of the tracks, rather than focusing on extreme loudness in the loudness war. His sensitive mixing and mastering skills are rare to find on this planet!
Marco Matic
5/5

Top mixing and mastering studio! The boss, Chris, is super friendly and accommodated all my special requests... excellent results. I can highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of the music genre!

Frank Rest
5/5
Great work done in a short amount of time. Quick response time in communication, immediate assistance with questions. Excellent audio mastering, and a very fair price. I'll gladly work with Chris again on the next project. Everything went smoothly! Thank you very much, Chris!

Mastering genres for online mastering

POP MASTERING AT PEAK STUDIOS

Pop = popular! Therefore, when it comes to online mastering of popular music and corresponding audio files, specal attention must be paid to the current song design in terms of frequency response, loudness or overall sound. Tell us your reference tracks, and together, we will realize your project according to your vision, delivering your desired online mastering*. With special online mastering tools, we identify and master your songs perfectly for all streaming providers.

Pop music is simple, yet very diverse in its genres.

HISTORY OF POP MUSIC

Originating in the 50s, pop music thrives on clear sounds and catchy melodies, usually with 4, less frequently 3, chords. Chord progressions, harmonies and song structure are often similar. Pop music appeals to a wide audience, so it's important to produce a sound that appeals to a broad audience, making it crucial to produce a sound that resonates with the masses. In pop music in particular, the creative possibilities are very diverse.

* Of course, only as long as the source material allows it.

 

Due to our high level of expertise in Rock Online Mastering, we have provided detailed information on an extra page. Here you can get to rock mastering.

The metal online mastering chain in the studio should be designed to allow the creation of a loud and transient-rich metal song. Especially in heavy metal music, a high degree of compression and loudness is required. Paired with transient-rich drums and a solid wall of guitars, this ensures the ideal metal sound.

Are subgenres of Metal mastered differently?

In essence, similar techniques are applied across all genres within metal. A certain level of compression and pronounced guitars are necessary in all subcategories. However, the sound varies significantly from band to band and between subgenres. Therefore, it's essential to set the necessary parameters during the mixdown before metal mastering and work with compression staging. Alternatively, it's possible to divide the metal track into subgroups and create a so-called metal stem mastering. Here you could, for example, divide the track into the following subgroups:

  • Drums
  • Gitarren
  • Vocals
  • Key
  • EFX

Due to our high level of expertise in EDM online mastering, we have provided detailed information on an extra page. Here you go to EDM mastering.

Online Mastering of Beats and Rap Vocals

Hip-hop has long been a part of modern pop music. Whether it's German hip-hop, old school or new school, they are all played on the radio.

Origin and History of Hip-Hop

The roots off hip-hop can be traced back to black funk and soul music, originating in the black ghettos of the USA. Characteristic of this style of music are rap (spoken word), sampling and scratching.

Hip-hop is not only a music genre, but also a culture characterized by rap, DJing, breakdancing, graffiti and beatboxing.

There are now their own hip-hop charts and numerous hip-hop events in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The legendary Hip Hop Kemp takes place every year in the Czech Republic. With our years of experience in vocal processing, we enable the right sound for challenging vocal recordings in hip-hop online mastering.

Trap

Trap is a subgenre of hip-hop that emerged in the 90s in the southern United States. Trap hip-hop originated from the thematic focus on drug trafficking in hip-hop music. Trap hip-hop is characterized by slow, deep bass and fast hi-hats in the beat. One of the pioneers of trap music is rapper T.I. with his album "Trap Muzik," released in 2003. Since 2015, trap music has increasingly become part of German hip-hop. Artists like Mo-Trip, Rin, Capital Bra, or Gzuz make extensive use of trap hip-hop and its vocal sound. The artist "Gozpel" also released a trap-heavy album titled "Symphatoz," distributed by Universal Music and mastered by Peak Studios.

Processing Options for Hip-Hop and Rap

Hip-hop relies heavily on a pronounced bass range and impactful drums. Therefore, good Hip hop and rap mixing is a prerequisite for subsequent mastering. With our years of experience with artists from around the world, we can perfectly execute your projects or master for your hip-hop production. Whether it's 90s old-school hip-hop, dirty south, crunk, trap, or new school, with online mixing and mastering from Peak Studios, we achieve the perfect sound for your hip-hop production.

In our blog section you'll find tips on the topic of recording vocals to ensure your next hip-hop track production sounds great.

The biggest challenges with mastering hip-hop, trap and rap

Clearly, the kick/bass area. Often, artists don't have individual tracks for the beats, or the entire song has already been heavily compressed, making it challenging to bring the vocals into harmony with the instrumental. Also, due to challenging acoustic requirements in recording rap vocals or clean reproduction of low frequencies in the beat, the potential for issues or errors is quite high.

In our mastering studios, we have acoustically measured and planned rooms with excellent low-frequency reproduction. This allows us to extract the maximum from the presented track.

Dubstep, a music genre that originated mainly in England, is commonly associated with names like Skrillex, Knife Party, Nero, Caspa, and more. For those unfamiliar with Dubstep who want to get an impression, listening to the track 'Night Shine' by Excision and The Frim is recommended. Alternatively, one can explore Dubstep mixes on platforms like SoundCloud or Beatport.

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WHAT IS DUBSTEP?

In the around 140 BPM (beats per minute)fast Dubstep beats, elements from various music genres can be found, including Drum and Bass, Jungle, Dub, Reggae, Electro, and Hip-Hop. Subgenres include Chillstep, Brostep, Darkstep, Melodic Dubstep, and more.

The minimalist music genre thrives on deep, powerful, and dominant basslines combined with vocal shouts/phrases and strategically placed highlights such as arp sounds or brief melodic breaks. The most distinctive hallmark of this genre is the so-called Wobble Basses. These consist of the interplay of various oscillators, such as a sawtooth waveform for dominance(harmonics) and a sine wave for the necessary pressure.

DUBSTEP MIXING TIPS

To do this, a low-pass filter is activated, which is responsible for setting the cutoff frequency between low and high frequencies – this is done with the so-called Cutoff knob. By using an LFO low frequency oscillator generate the wobble oscillations. The drums in Dubstep are played in a 4/4 time half-step, meaning the drums run at a speed of 140 BPM in a song with a fast tempo of 70 BPM.

What we recommend when delivering Dubstep songs to master , is an output level of -6db (fs). Like with a house or an essential mix. If you're unsure about the sound, we recommend our mix analysis.

ONLINE E-MASTERING FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC

In the mastering classical music it is important to first distinguish how the desired end result should sound. There are stylistic differences in each era.

Classical Mastering – Pop or Classical?

The difference between the 'classical' and 'pop' variants lies both in the limited dynamic range of the pop version and in the more bass-emphasized frequency range. Depending on the intended use, it should be discussed first which goal should be achieved with your project so that we can bring out the best in your piece or recordings in the online master.

Classical Music Editing Options

Classical music thrives on dynamics, for which the players have practiced for years, as well as on the honest and harmonious sound of the instruments among each other. We ensure that 'piano' remains 'piano' and 'mezzoforte' truly only remains 'mezzoforte,' faithfully representing the dynamic range.

CLASSIC MASTERING AT PEAK STUDIOS

Whether your musical piece involves scoring for a brass trio, string quartet, or a big band, our expert team at Peak Studios is the right choice for classical mastering. With our years of experience, we can flawlessly execute your projects! If you're uncertain about microphone placement, panorama distribution, or room acoustics, we're here to help! Whether you prefer the classical version for enjoyment in your living room or you intend to use your piece for a film project and opt for the 'pop version,' we are here to support you in implementation and answer all your questions about audio production.

German pop music has always been present in German history. Whether it's old-fashioned "Schlager" or modern "Schlager", it doesn't really matter. "Schlager" is played everywhere!

HISTORY OF "SCHLAGER"

Schlager is derived from the german term 'einschlagen' (engl. strike, smash) and is often compared to a lightning strike due to its resounding success. Characteristic features of "Schlager" include simple rhythms and melodic sequences that ensure quick recognition, as well as humorous or sentimental lyrics. Thus, "Schlager" is a catchy, folksy song.

For a long time, this successful music genre was underestimated in Germany, but now, in the days of Helene Fischer, Andreas Gabalier, and many other newcomers, it is successfully returning to the charts.

It is now common to incorporate rhythms and synthesizers from the electropop and EDM genres to reach a broad audience. Whether your Schlager production is a gentle love ballad or an upbeat track that encourages dancing and singing along, we always find the right sound for you to provide your listeners with the best possible audio experience.

"Schlager"-Mastering at Peak Studios

With years of experience in mastering and the right equipment, our team is the right contact when it comes to optimizing your music project.

Our "Schlager" Online Mastering is in line with the current German Schlager productions. Accurate and clear sound, as well as good intelligibility, are the characteristics here. We are happy to capture the desired loudness of current Schlager productions for your Schlager song so that your song can seamlessly find its place in both the genre playlists of major streaming services and on the radio. In Schlager music, the broad and full side signals are very distinctive for the stylistic and crucial for the success of your work. Here, too, we ensure the ideal Schlager sound with analog M/S (Mid-Side) compression and detailed equalizing.

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