Kontakt Mastering offer a high end mastering service , This service is offered at low cost but extremely high quality. High quality mastering should not be out of reach to todays producers we use industry leading processors and equipment when mixing and mastering audio.
We believe “Mastering” to be the process of taking a mix and preparing it for distribution to your audience , this involves the following stages:
1 – Acheiving a ‘Loud’ yet dynamic sound – This is where we take a good mix (usually in the form of a stereo file) and put the final touches on it. This can involve adjusting levels and in general “sweetening” the mix. Think of it as the final coat of polish, or the difference between a good sounding mix and a professional sounding master. This process commonly involves adding broad equalization, multiband compression, harmonic excitation, loudness maximization. You could actually refer to this stage as “pre-mastering”.
2 – Consistency across your Album or EP – Consideration has to be made for how the individual tracks of a CD or digital release work together when played one after another. Levels should be matched and there needs to be a consistent sound.
3 – Preparation for duplication and digital distribution – The final step involves preparing the song or sequence of songs for distribution. This step varies depending on the on the intended delivery format. If you track is to be released on CD it can mean converting to 16 bit/44.1 kHz audio through resampling and dithering. If the track is to be released digitally via online music stores then we convert to 24 bit .wav files.
How To Prepare For Mastering
- leave at least -6 dBs of headroom
- remove or bypass any limiters or finalisers on the mix
- Render/Bounce to WAV 44100