How can I help reduce both mastering costs
Unless it is absolutely necessary, don’t select an attended
session, but rather the more cost efficient "Online"
offer. Use of our FTP-server is free but you can also get the
tracks to us by other means.
Make sure that all of the necessary
information has been delivered to us on time.
Should I limit or compress my mixes?
Many producers like to mix through a compressor, to achieve a certain
sound. As a rule of thumb, however, we advise not to use a limiter
on the mix bus – even if used minimally.
We use very high quality dynamic tools. When used properly in mastering,
these tools guarantee the best possible sound quality, the shortest
signal paths and minimal side-effects with highest levels.
To put it plainly: Even if for certain purposes you do some pre-mastering
of your mixes, the files without the pre-mastering will make the best
basis for mastering.
Anyone who has heard the difference will know what we are talking
How many minutes can you fit on a side
It always depends on musical content. For instance, a bass heavy track
will take up more space on a vinyl record than a recording of a singer
with guitar accompaniment, but here are some basic guidelines:
| 7" 45rpm
|| Up to 3,5 minutes
||Up to 4,5 minutes
||Up to 7 minutes
|| Up to 9 minutes
||Up to 5,5 minutes
||Up to 7 minutes
||Up to 12 minutes
||Up to 15 minutes
||Up to 8,5 minutes
||Up to 9,5 minutes
|| Up to 19 minutes
||Up to 25 minutes
How to supply the source material:
Supply master in the earliest possible state
Avoid digital copies from/to DAT and CD-Audio
No extracting via CD-ROM-drive ("audio-grabbing")
Save audio-data from harddisk to data-CD
Export ("bounce to disk", "render", "export
to disk") stereo buss as audio-file in highest possible resolution
(24 bit, 32 bit - even if the source-files are 16 bit; without dithering
Save data on CD-ROM or DVD-ROM