What is mastering?
Mastering is the final stage of audio production—the process of putting the finishing touches on a song by enhancing the overall sound, creating consistency across the album, and preparing it for distribution.
Why do you need to master a song?
If your song is only mixed, it will not sound complete. You will always need to
turn your song up when it plays, and turn the volume back down when a
"Mastered" song plays next. It can also sound too bassy, or thin.
Mastering Balances your song to industry standards.
Did Enviyon already Master my song?
If you did not specifically purchase a Mastering package,
Enviyon has given you a Pre-Mastered version of your mix.
It's already included when we mix your songs. We do this
to ensure our clients leave the studio with a "Marketable"
product that is very comparable to industry standards.
Even if it already sounds good, Please note that getting
that same music mastered will increase its quality sonically.
How should I send my song in to be Mastered?
The song MUST be sent under the following conditions:
1. Must be a WAV file, 24 bit, no less than 44.1 KHZ
(your engineer should understand this)
2. The Song must have at least -4db Headroom.
3. The song Must not have any Limiting or Compression on the
Master bus of the mix. (This means that the engineer did not add
their own master or pre-master on your final mix).
Will Mastering fix a bad mix?
Try to look at Mastering as an "Enhancer" If the song is mixed
great, the Master will be Awesome, but if the Mix is not perfect,
those imperfections will still be there, and might be even more
noticeable (sometimes.) Make sure the mix is satisfactory
before having it mastered.
Last question.... Can Enviyon adjust my mix while Mastering?
Great question. If Enviyon completed your mix, then we will automatically
adjust any areas "needing adjusting" during the Mastering Process.
However, if we did not record or mix your music, we will need to go back
a step to the mixing stage, before we can start mastering. This can be done
by utilizing our "Remote Mix" service, or you will need to come into the studio
and work with an engineer so we can update your mix. This includes adding
things or changing stuff that is already (or not) in the mix. You are not ready to
master if you still need to make changes to your song.
Doesn't Streaming sites automatically Master uploaded songs?
Streaming sites do add a small amount of leveling to your uploaded
song in attempt to balance it based on its recommendations.
However, this gives you absolutely no control on how the song will sound
once their "computer" touches your songs. You cannot fix it once its
uploaded. Get it professionally Mastered.
Don't depend on a computer to know how you want your music to sound.