When is Music Ready for Mastering?

Basic tips from Hybrid Studios online music mastering services

Hybrid Studios Mastering

So the time has been spent writing a song, crafting the melody and lyrics, searching through sonic tones, and perfecting the mix… but there's still something off; there’s one final step in making a song sound as good as possible. It’s time for mastering.

Mastering music ensures that it will sound great across all platforms. Regardless of whether the song was recorded at home or in a professional studio, it still needs the final step of mastering to sound its best. Professional mastering allows songs and albums to be balanced consistently across multiple playback systems, such as a phone vs. a car. Mastering allows the music to sound balanced, complete, and ready for commercial distribution across any platform.

So what should be sent to your mastering engineer? Always send a stereo WAV file at the highest sample rate and bit depth at which the recording was tracked. The final mix should peak at no more than around -3DBs and stereo bus compression should ideally be gentle (unless there’s an artistic reason for the contrary). Don’t use any limiting on the final mixes. Lastly, if there are any reference mixes or masters, those are typically welcomed along with notes on what is like about those songs and would like emulated.

At Hybrid Studios, we offer online mastering services using the best analog and digital equipment in an accurate acoustic environment to bring material to a professional and commercially competitive level. The focus is on the artist experience and to provide clear channels of communication with a fast turnaround. For more information about our online mastering services, please visit https://www.hybridstudiosca.com/mastering.

About Hybrid Studios

Hybrid Studios is a fully integrated multimedia production facility in Orange County, CA. Not only does Hybrid feature a state-of-the-art analog & digital recording studio; it also boasts a massive soundstage, including a pre-lit cyclorama. Equipped with the best gear and experienced staff, Hybrid provides a variety of products and services to clients across the creative spectrum from recording, mixing and mastering to video and photography. 

For more information on Hybrid Studios, please visit https://www.hybridstudiosca.com.

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