STEM MASTERING IN THE MASTER STUDIO

MASTERING SUB-GROUPS AND GROUP TRACKS

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Analog processing of each individual stem followed by analog summing.

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Unlike standard-mastering Mastering - the difference being that we tipically work with stereo tracks and generally not with as many tracks as in the normal mixing process. . work

Mastering in subgroups (so-called stem mastering) is a very popular and effective method in the mastering process. In contrast to the classic "stereo mastering“ (editing the sum of a stereo track), the song is broken down into individual components, i.e. the stems described above (so-called group tracks) to allow separate editing of the grouped audio tracks in the studio. mastering engineer By splitting the song it into stems, the mastering engineer gains more control over the individual instrument groups and can intervene in the pre-made mix in even more detail, if necessary.

STEM MASTERING FAQ

In general, the principle here is to combine “like” with “like” to enable targeted processing. Ideally, the following stems are possible:

  • Drums (including overheads)
  • Drums / bass (including overheads and bass track)
  • Vocals complete (all vocals)
  • Lead vocals
  • Backing vocals
  • Harmony vocals
  • Gitarren
  • EFX
  • synths
  • Streicher
  • Atmos
  • Choir

Here, it becomes clear that breaking down a mix into its group components always depends on several factors. The following questions should be considered when forming stems

  • What style?
  • What dynamic should my song / mix have?
  • What are the main elements?
  • Which tracks can be edited together?
  • Should something be changed in the relationship between vocals and backings?

Another advantage of stem mastering is that the individual stems can be processed independently in the "mid- and side-signal". For example, the drums can be widened in the upper frequencies, while the vocals can be brought back towards the center. This results in a beautiful, balanced sound mix. Another possibility would be to process the rhythm guitar in the song (if doubled - usually far left/far right) separately in the side-signal, while the guitar solo as a stem (which might be in the center) remains unaffected.

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Connie Conrad
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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!

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STEM MASTERING PRIZES

Stem mastering pricing is always an important consideration when choosing a mastering studio, especially for artists on a budget. That is why we have tried to make the prices as transparent as possible.

ANALOG STEM MASTERING 2 STEMS

Mastering of 2 subgroups. Stem mastering enables deeper editing of your audio masterial.
110 2 stems **
  • Analog mastering of subgroups.
  • 2 revision versions included.
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DIGITAL STEM MASTERING 2 STEMS

Mastering of 2 subgroups. Stem mastering enables deeper editing of your audio masterial.
80 2 stems **
  • Analog mastering of subgroups.
  • 2 revision versions included.

ANALOG STEM MASTERING UP TO 5 STEMS

Mastering of 3-5 subgroups. Stem mastering enables deeper editing of your audio masterial.
150 per song *
  • Analog mastering of subgroups.
  • 2 revision versions included.

Prices include VAT

* Stereo mastering = 1 stereo track. When uploading several group tracks, the stem mastering is booked automatically.
**min. 2 stems. 

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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