STEREO MASTERING | STEM MASTERING | VINYL MASTERING | APPLE MASTERS
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Stem Mastering is a process that offers greater control over the sonic shape and balance of your music. It allows the engineer to not only shape the overall tonal balance of a track, but also to go even deeper into each component part to help achieve an even better result.
It is worth clarifying that stem mastering is not mixing. Mixing uses heavy fader and send automation, effects, tuning etc. Stem mastering tends to only use occasional automation, but does allow the mastering engineer to target the use of eq, dynamic adjustment and other forms of processing to the individual stems often producing an improved master.
Please upload your mixdown via our booking page and we will evaluate your material and let you know what stems will be required for your project. Once you have your stem configuration you can export as below.
Please supply full bandwidth 24/32 bit stereo files of identical length/duration. Export your stems from exactly the same time code position in your digital audio workstation timeline so they will synchronize in our digital audio workstation. This will invariably involve setting left and right locators when you bounce/export your files. When preparing files consider that ideal stems should combine/sum in your digital audio workstation and sound virtually identical to the stereo mixdown when combined and played together.
Vinyl mastering is an added option. It requires a change in the delivery specs.
Apple Digital Masters are a combination of practices and tools that allow us to help ensure that your fans have a great listening experience with iTunes purchased music no matter where they listen to it.
These masters do require some extra time, so there are extra fees associated with the creation of these masters. Also, be sure to check with your label or distributor about Apple Digital Masters availability for your project.
As an added bonus, the process involved in creating an MFiT master will typically improve the overall sound quality of a file though most data-compressed algorithms (such as an MP3 or YouTube stream).
The minimum audio resolution for Apple Digital Masters is 24bit/44.1kHz – the higher, the better. The file must not have any intersample clipping or full-scale clipping.