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STEREO AND STEM MASTERING FOR CD, VINYL AND STREAMING

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Online mastering since 2006 with analog hi-end outboard and impeccable acoustics, we master and restore your song!

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Online mastering in over 50 countries and well over 30.000 productions, as well as multiple chart positions.

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Our online mastering engineers are personally available to advise you on all important questions.

Regardless of whether it is about Stereo-Stemor Vinyl mastering goes. In the professional mastering process, good hearing is essential to identify the perfect sound of the music. Understanding measured values ​​in metering and getting by with a wide variety of file formats such as MP3, Wave, Flac, Aiff, etc. is another important aspect of online mastering in the mastering studio.

ONLINE MASTERING AT PEAK STUDIOS

We have several hi-end reference studio monitors - e.g. the Linemaster from KS-Digital, as well as from Dutch & Dutch 8c. This enables us all Mistakes in the mix of a track, panorama or in the depth graduation and to eliminate them.

ONLINE MASTERING ADVANTAGE FOR YOUR TRACKS!

  • Our online mastering experiences of the last 16 years, with over 25.000 mastered songs, we are happy to include them in your song!
  • We master your track with you analogue outboard equipment and ensure a balanced, dynamic mix to Punch, depth and a detail Transparency in all frequency ranges of your music!
  • Our acoustics mastering studio is optimized according to RT60 (standard for reverberation time).
  • The frequency response meets all Standards for mastering studios and is at an octave band smoothing of 1/12th at one Peak-to-peak ratio of average. 2db.

MASTERING GENRES FOR ONLINE MASTERING

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

HISTORY OF POP MUSIC

The pop music that emerged in the 50s thrives on clear sounds and a catchy melody with mostly 4 or rarely 3 chords. Chord progressions, harmonies and song structure is often the same. Pop music appeals to a large group of listeners and it is therefore important to produce a sound that appeals to the masses. Especially in pop music and especially with EDM mastering, the possibilities for creative design are very versatile.

POP MASTERING AT PEAK STUDIOS

pop = popular! Therefore, when mastering popular music and the corresponding audio files, particular attention should be paid to the current song design with regard to frequency response, loudness or basic sound. Tell us your reference title and we will implement your project together according to your ideas and deliver your desired online mastering*. Using special tools in online mastering, we determine and master your songs perfectly for everyone Streaming provider.

* As long as the source material allows it, of course.

Fat guitars and popping drums - that is how you could describe a good rock sound ... of course there is a lot more to consider!

HISTORY OF ROCK MUSIC

Today's rock music has changed a lot compared to the past and now lives on a full wall of guitars, rich basses and a voice that is the center of attention. The "compression" of the individual elements has also changed a lot over time.

Rock music emerged in the UK in the late 1950s from the stylistic genre of rock 'n' roll. Pioneers like Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones and the Beatles shaped this style with classical instruments like guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboard and synthesizer. It is often supplemented by the Hammond organ, and horns are added in funk rock.

That's how it all started in the 1950s with rock 'n' rollers Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Buddy Holly. Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones continued this tradition in the 1960s, as did the Kinks, Eric Clapton and the Beatles. Chic suits, correct haircuts – also known as 'mushroom heads' – and calm stage shows stood in contrast to the scratchy, dirty sound of the bands.

Types of rock music:

  • Glam rock
    Glamrock emerged in the 1970s and presented the musicians with strong make-up, glittery clothes and androgynous attitudes. David Bowie and T. Rex were representatives of this genre. It formed a strong contrast to Hard Rock, which also appeared at the time and was shaped by Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple.
  • Psychodelic rock
    Psychodelic Rock combined classical music, jazz, folk and new music with the electronic instruments. Bands like Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Genesis and Yes developed completely new ideas and presentations of rock music.
  • Punk rock
    Punk rock was also on the rise. The Sex Pistols, The Clash and the Ramones used simple 4/4 time. Musical quality was in the background. It was again about protest, the expression of a feeling for life and rebellion, but not in a peaceful way, as the hippie movement demonstrated.
  • Pop metal
    Pop metal originated in the 1980s and celebrated a mixture of catchy melodies and stadium bombast with Bon Jovi, the Scorpions and Europe.
  • New Wave
    As the end of the punk movement, the New Wave genre was formed with the bands Joy Division and The Cure, who came up with dark melodies and plenty of electronic elements. Because the borders to pop suddenly floated again here, too, a need arose to differentiate from the mainstream.
  • Independent and grunge
    The independent scene developed in the course of the 1990s with the bands Pixies and Sonic Youth. And because there was obviously always a need for rebellion, a new genre emerged: grunge. Nirvana, Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins were legendary representatives, but they could only last until the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in 1994.
  • British pop
    Nevertheless, the rock music remained loud: Crossover bands such as Rage Against the Machine and Incubus, skatepunk and also pop-punk developed in the last decade of the 20th century. In addition, this decade achieved the union of alternative rock and pop through the genre Brit Pop. Blur, Placebo and Oasis were bands of that time and some of them are still active today.
  • Nu Metal
    From the turn of the millennium people longed for loud sounds back. A retro wave stamped new bands out of the ground: The Strokes, Kings of Leon and Mando Diao. While this band focused more on the past decades, Nu-Metal bands like Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit used more on crossovers.
  • Emo genre
    The emo genre featured bands like 30 Seconds to Mars and My Chemical Romance.
    Nowadays, a rock band usually consists of a singer, guitarist, drummer and bassist.

Even today, all of the genres mentioned are active and of course also require a mix or the master.

ROCK ONLINE MASTERING AT PEAK STUDIOS

Through our many years of experience and practice in cooperation with bands and artists, we can support your projects or your Audio mastering implement perfectly! Regardless of whether you want 80s sound like Pink Floyd, current sound like Maroon 5 or experimental/psychedelic sound like MGMT, Peak Studios is the best choice for uncompromising sound when it comes to online mastering of music and tracks.

FAT GUITARS - FAT ALBUM?

We make sure that your sound ideas are fulfilled in the best possible way and that your planned song or album is in no way inferior to today's standards while retaining its desired character. Our audio engineers at Peak Studios will help your song in the Rock mixing based on many years of expertise and professional audio equipment to a full-fledged mixing and master.

Especially when the guitars have to be "fat", the bass "push" or the voice has to be localized clearly and distinctly, we offer various ways to get to the desired goal.

ROCK REFERENCES

MASTERING OFFER

Our wide range of mastering ranges from sophisticated stereo and stem mastering to classic vinyl mastering, which makes the hearts of music lovers beat faster. Regardless of which mastering you choose, our trained team of experts is your competent partner when it comes to mastering modern rock music and is happy to answer any questions you may have about audio production.

The Metal mastering chain should be designed in such a way that it makes it possible to create a loud and transient-rich metal song. Heavy metal music in particular requires a high degree of compression and loudness. Paired with drums rich in transients and a neat wall of guitar, this ensures the ideal metal sound.

Are the sub-genres of Metal mastered differently?

Basically you work in all genres in metal very similar. Some level of compression and pronounced guitars are necessary in all subcategories. However, the sound varies significantly from band to band and from subgenre to subgenre. Here it applies before Metal mastering setting the necessary course in the mixdown and working with compression staging. Alternatively, it is also possible to subdivide the metal track into subgroups and a so-called metal Stem mastering to create. Here you could, for example, divide the track into the following subgroups:

  •  Drums
  • Gitarren
  • Vocals
  • Key
  • EFX

Online mastering of electronic music

EDM or electronic music has long since made its way back into modern pop music. Whether German house, techno or trance, they are all played on the radio.

What does electronic dance music (EDM) include?

Electronic dance music includes many danceable music styles that are characterized by instruments such as synthesizers and samplers, as well as native processing (software-generated music) since the 90s. Except for the singing voice, all sounds in the song are synthetically generated and produced.

How is an EDM song usually structured?

The constant repetitions of melody and rhythm are characteristic, giving the music a trance-like effect. Surprising interjections or changes in the patterns create a certain liveliness in the music within the song. So-called "drops" are often used to offer variety in the track. Volume automations are also not uncommon in electronic music.

What is particularly important with EDM?

Im EDM mixing (Electronic dance music), a distinctive image of the upper mids is important. The vocals are usually placed in the beat rather than over the beat as in other musical styles. A powerful sound and an above-average loudness or compression in the master are further characteristics of electronic dance music.

Electronic music mixdown error

  • The bass range (everything below 100 Hz) has too many level components in the side signal
  • Snare is too harsh
  • Sinus basses are superimposed on the kick drum. This often comes from moderate to poor room acoustics.
  • Plugins are overridden internally. Often the artists try to achieve a higher volume or loudness or simply forget to pay attention to it. This can lead to enormous tonal and unmusical distortions during mixing and in the mix.

With the EDM online mastering We provide your tracks with a rich bass and midrange, as well as silky highs and a balanced stereo image. Thanks to our many years of experience in the field of electronic music, we can ideally implement your sound ideas.

Online mastering of beats and rap vocals

Hip-hop has long since made its way back into modern pop music. Whether German hip-hop, old school or new school, they are all played on the radio.

Origin and history of hip hop

Hip hop has its roots in black funk and soul music, which originated in the black ghettos of the USA. Characteristic of this style of music are rap (singing), sampling and scratching.

Hip-hop is not only a music genre, but also a culture characterized by rap, DJing, breakdance, 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. Thanks to our many years of experience in editing vocals, we enable the right sound of the music in hip-hop online mastering, even for difficult vocal recordings.

Trap

Trap is a sub-genre of Hip Hop and originated in the southern states of America in the 90s. Trap hip-hop was created when hip-hop music addressed drug trafficking. Trap hip-hop is characterized by slow, deep bass and fast hi-hats in the beat. One of the pioneers of trap music is the rapper TI with his album "Trap Muzik" which was released in 2003. Since 2015, trap music has also found its way into German hip hop. Artists such as Mo-Trip, Rin, Capital Bra or Gzuz make diligent use of trap hip hop and its vocal sound. The artist “Gozpel” also brought a trap-heavy album onto the market with the album “Symphatoz”, which was distributed by Universal Music and mastered by Peak Studios.

Opportunities for editing hip-hop and rap

Hip-hop in particular thrives on a pronounced bass range and pounding drums. Therefore a good one Hip hop and rap mixing Prerequisite for subsequent mastering. Thanks to our many years of experience with artists from all over the world, we can implement your projects or your master perfectly! It doesn't matter 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 area you will find mixing tips on the topic Record vocals so that you can also achieve the next production of your hip-hop track with a good sound.

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

Clearly, the kick / bass area. Most of the time, the artists don't have any single tracks of the beats, or the whole song has already been extremely heavily compressed, so that it is difficult to bring the vocals into harmony with the instrumental. Also due to the difficult acoustic requirements in the recording of rap vocals or a clean reproduction of low frequencies in the beat, the problem and susceptibility to errors is quite high.

In our mastering studios we have acoustically measured and planned rooms with excellent imaging in the low frequencies. So we can get the most out of this track.

Dubstep, a music genre that originated largely in England, is commonly associated with names such as Skillrex, Knife Party, Nero, Caspa, etc. If you haven't heard of dubstep and want to get an impression, you should listen to the track Night Shine by Exicision and The Frim or simply look for dubstep mixes in Soundcloud or Beatport:

WHAT IS DUBSTEP?

In the around 140 BPM (Beats per minute) fast dubstep beats, elements of the most diverse musical styles can be found. For example drum and bass, jungle, dub, reggae, electro, hip-hop. Genre subdivisions are e.g. Chillstep, Brostep, Darkstep, Melodic Dubstep etc.

The minimalist style of music thrives on deep, powerful and dominant basslines in connection with vocal shouts / vocal phrases and targeted highlights such as arp sounds or short melodic breaks. The most distinctive trademark for this genre are the so-called wobble basses. These consist of the interaction of different oscillators such as a sawtooth shape for dominance (Overtones) and a sine wave for the necessary pressure.

DUBSTEP MIXING TIPS

For this purpose, a low-pass filter is switched, which is responsible for setting the cutoff frequency between low and high frequencies - this is done with the so-called cutoff controller. Through an LFO Low frequency oscillator the wobble oscillations can then be generated. The drums in dubstep are played in a 4/4 time half-step = that means the drums run at a speed of 140 BPM for a 70BPM song.

We recommend when delivering Dubstep songs to master an output level of -6db (fs). Like a house or an essential Mix. If you are not sure about the sound, we recommend ours Mix analysis.

ONLINE E-MASTERING FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC

The Mastering classical music First of all, it is important to distinguish what the desired end result should sound like. There are stylistic differences in the respective age.

Classic mastering - pop or classic?

The difference between the "classic" and the "pop version" lies both in the restricted dynamic range of the pop version and in the frequency range that is more bass emphasized. Depending on the intended use, it should therefore first be discussed which goal is to be achieved with your project so that we can get the best out of your piece or your recordings in the online master.

Classical music editing options

Classical music in particular lives from dynamism, which the players have been practicing for for years, as well as from the honest and harmonious sound of the instruments among each other. We make sure that 'piano' piano and 'mezzoforte' really only remain mezzo forte and reproduce the dynamics in the best possible way.

CLASSIC MASTERING AT PEAK STUDIOS

Regardless of whether your piece of music is the setting of a wind trio, string quartets or a big band, our specialist staff at Peak Studios is the right place to go when it comes to classical mastering. Thanks to our many years of experience, we can implement your projects perfectly! Are you unsure about the miking, the panorama distribution or the room acoustics? We'll help you! Regardless of whether you prefer the classic variant for enjoyment in the living room at home, or you would like to use your piece for a film project and prefer the "pop variant", we will be happy to support you with the implementation and are available to answer any questions you may have about audio production Disposal.

Schlager music is and has always been very present in German history. It almost doesn't matter whether it is the old-fashioned hit or a modern hit. They play hits everywhere!

HISTORY OF THE BEAT

Schlager is derived from the term "strike" and is often compared to a lightning strike because of its resounding success. Schlager is characterized by simple rhythms and melody sequences that ensure quick recognition, as well as humorous or sentimental texts. Thus, the hit is a catchy tune, a popular song.

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

In the meantime, it has become common to include rhythms and synthesizers from the electro-pop and EDM areas in order to reach a wide audience. Regardless of whether your hit production is a gentle love ballad or an upbeat that stimulates dancing and singing along, we will always find the right sound for you to offer your listeners the best possible sound experience.

Schlager mastering at Peak Studios

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

Our Schlager online mastering sounds completely in the spirit of the current German hit productions. Accurate and clear sound, as well as good speech intelligibility are the characteristics here. We are also happy to map the desired loudness of current hit productions for you in your hit song so that your song can find its place in the genre playlists of the major streaming service providers as well as on the radio without any complaints. Especially in Schlager music, the wide and full side signals are very distinctive for the style and decisive for the success of your work. Here, too, we provide the ideal Schlager sound with analog M / S (mid-sid signals) compression and detailed equalizing.

MASTERING FAQ FOR ONLINE AUDIO MASTERING

Basic work in mastering or online mastering

Become a master final inconsistencies in the sound and dynamics of the music to give the track or album the finishing touch in sound.

For example, clicks or noises that have crept in eliminated or reduced, frequency ranges adjusted and the level of a song balanced, masked instruments by a most deficient mixing made audible again.

Depending on the quality of the delivered mix of the track changes in the stereo image performed. So the sound of the song becomes one balanced spatiality and more depth to help. For example, the unwanted resonance frequencies of a guitar in the song significantly reduced .

Tools of the sound engineer or master engineer in the recording studio:

  • Equalizer: Optimizing the frequency spectrum and emphasizing/suppressing desired or undesired frequencies in order to ensure a balanced bandwidth in the sound or sound
  • Compressors: Attenuation of unwanted signals and reduction of excessive dynamics for an exciting and balanced sound experience
  • Limit: Dynamics accentuation and emphasizing weak signals in the audio, due to over-compressed tracks to create a varied dynamic curve
  • Expander: Broadening the stereo image to create a spaciousness that suits the atmosphere of the song

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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.

As a rule, the condensed stereo track becomes a track (mixdown or mix) of the Mastering Engineer edited. However, there are different ways to get to your desired destination. Another variant is that Stem mastering, in which the song is initially divided into several partial mixes (Subgroups) how individual instrument groups, vocal groups and rhythm groups are divided up and then edited in the mastering studio.

This gives the mastering engineer in the recording studio a detailed overview of the structure of the song in the mix and better control over the relationship between the various song components and settings (vocals, main instruments and rhythm). Another advantage of the so-called stem mastering is the possibility of creating an instrumental and performance version of the track, which appear as an additional bonus or can be used for live performances. The difference in quality can therefore have a significantly positive effect on the sound.

EMastering in the mastering studio (emastered) is suitable for everyone who values ​​good sound quality.

Regardless of whether your digitized records, songs that have already been mastered or their audio files have errors or defects. It is important that projects not only sound good on stereo speaker systems, but also on mono devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Peak Studios is the right contact for all matters relating to sound engineering and audio masters.

A professional online track master should also be used by the artist who does NOT want the service provider such as Emastered, AI-Mastering or Landr to edit the title using algorithms without any human emotions. The emotional massage, which has long tried to be properly represented in the mixing, is not taken into account in an automatic mastering service. Analyze the algorithms, dynamics, frequency response and loudness. With the help of these values ​​you adjust the title accordingly. No matter what the track is about!

ONLINE MASTERING PRICES

Prices for online mastering are always an important criterion when deciding on the right online mastering studio, especially for artists with a limited budget. We have therefore tried to make this as transparent as possible.

ANALOG STEREO MASTERING COSTS

Our audio online mastering guarantees an analogue sound experience with a unique New York sound.
85 per song *
  • Analog mastering of a stereo mixdown.
  • 2 change versions included.

DIGITAL STEREO MASTERING COSTS

Digital online mastering with New York sound with balanced frequency response and maximum price/performance ratio.
60 per song *
  • Analog mastering of a stereo mixdown.
  • 2 change versions included.

STEM MASTERING COSTS

Analog / digital mastering of subgroups. Stem mastering allows for better editing of your track.
from 40 per stem **
  • Analog mastering of subgroups.
  • 2 change versions included.
Tip
* Stereo mastering = 1 stereo track. When uploading several group tracks, the stem mastering is booked automatically. ** at least 2 stems prices include VAT.

OUR ONLINE MASTERING CUSTOMERS

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Very nice contact, excellent work. Perfect implementation! Any time! Fast and reliable
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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.

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Ok gingersen
5/5

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!