What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Mastering is not only about enhancing the sound of the material, but also making all the possible formats needed and inserting metadata.
Examples of formats that we will deliver back are:
• Wav (16 Bit, 44100 Hz)
• Flac (16 Bit, 44100 Hz)
• Mp3 (16 Bit, 44100 Hz, 320 kbps)
• Aac/M4a (16 Bit, 44100 Hz, 320 kbps)
Metadata includes things like:
• Artist Name
• Song Name
• Album Name
• IRSC Codes
• UPC/ EAN Codes
• Album/Single Cover picture
We are not a Cd/Vinyl/Cassette pressing plant, so this service is done by a separate company that you should hire. We only deliver the format needed for this service (DDP/WAV).
We are not a Graphic Design company, so this service is done by a separate company that you should hire. We only insert this as metadata in your material.
IRSC and UPC/EAN Codes should be bought separately online and deliver to us to insert in the metadata. Here we will attack links to buy and read on why are they important and needed.
Types of Mastering
2 Bus Mastering: It´s how traditional mastering is done and consists of only working with the stereo file of the whole mix. It´s the best when the recording/mix has been done professionally and doesn´t want the mastering process to alter the mix, just enhancing it.
Stem Mastering: It consists of working with the stereo stems of each group of instruments of the mix. Example:
• Vocal Stem
• Guitar Stem
• Bass Stem
• Drum Stem
• Effects Stem
• Brass Stem
• Keys Stem
It’s used when the producer/mixer or mastering engineer believes there are still some things to get better in the mix and wants the mastering engineer to be able manipulate and have more creative and corrective control over the mix. It´s not a new mix since we only have access to the stems and not each track that conforms each stem, but still give more options and flexibility to work with.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
The full engineering (Recording/Mixing/Mastering) of ¨El Bogotazo¨ of Manuel Fernando Alzate Quintero with the Symphony Orchestra of Caldas. Got a Master class with the Mastering Engineer ¨Camilo Silva F ¨, thanks to the engineering of this musical piece.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
• No Clipping, no peaks should go to 0 dBFS (Red)
• Only use a compressor or limiter in the 2 bus of your mix if the intention is to glue or give character to the mix, not for loudness. Leave the mix as dynamic as possible.
• Send the material at the same exact sample rate and bit depth that it was recorded and mixed at.
• Must be Wav or Aiff Files (Stereo Interleaved) We will only except lossy files (Mp3, Aac, Etc) if it´s impossible for you to receive the Lossless files (Wav or Aiff). You must know that working with a lossy file will have quality loss after the whole mastering process so it should be avoided at all cost.
• ¨ Mastering is not Magic! ¨ If the material has flaws that came from the recording or mixing process, mastering can only do so much to ¨fix¨ it. Please send the best Recording/Mix possible because this will guarantee the best Master possible. We will have the right to deny material that we believe are not up to standards and that should be recorded or mixed again.
• When sending the material, we should receive a word document with all the info needed for the metadata.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Louder is Better, Mastering can fix mas recordings/mixes
Can you share one music production tip?
Always Record and Mix like if there was no Mastering.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Colombian Folk Music,