Simply put mastering paints you the artist or producer in your best light. Not only that, but having a second set of fresh ears and perspective is invaluable in making your music it's best.
The goal of mastering is to ensure that your audio will sound the best it can on all platforms. Music has never been consumed on more formats and devices than today. Even if you are recording and mixing in a million dollar studio, or recording in less than ideal conditions, you still need the final quality check of mastering. This ensures that your sound will be heard the way you intended it to be.
A good mastering job makes an album consistent and balanced across all tracks. Without mastering, individual tracks can sound disjointed in relation to each other.
Where do I start?
When looking for a mastering engineer, the best thing to do is to send a song to a few different mastering studios to see who can make your music sound the best. Hiring a stranger to master your music can be scary, but getting a sample from a few different mastering engineers before hiring them makes it a lot easier to find someone you can trust. I’m sure you’ll find that my audio quality is amazing, and that my customer service is second to none.
To get a free mastering sample, send me a song and I’ll master two different samples of your song for free. Typically, I’ll master one louder, more compressed sample, and another less compressed and more open sounding sample.
The best files to send to mastering are .WAV files, peaking below -3 db, with minimal compression or limiting plugins on the master fader track. Just include a link to the file sharing service of your choice (dropbox, wetransfer, google drive etc.).
DO YOU MASTER FOR VINYL?
Yes I do! For the best audio quality, ideally I should master two completely different versions. I usually do digital first masters, and then do a brand new batch of masters that are optimized for vinyl.
DO YOU CHARGE FOR REVISIONS?
In the extremely unlikely event that you feel your masters doesn't sound amazing, I will make free mastering revisions until you're happy with my work as long as it's within 30 days of the original master.
CAN YOU EMBED METADATA?
Yes I can, but 99% of the time, embedding is actually done by the company that sends your music to online stores and streaming platforms. Typically, I recommend using Tunecore.com or CDBaby.com for this. Both of these sites provide free ISRC codes as well.