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You have landed here because you are interested in audio mastering.
Here you can get to know us and order a test mastering free of charge.
Take your time to look around. You can get detailed information on this page or book a test mastering right away
You can find an email form to contact us at the end of this page.
Each mastering is carried out individually, in real time, using high-quality digital outboard hardware. There are no standard presets and no automated batch processing.
You send us a title, the easiest way to use a file sharing service like wetransfer.com. We recommend that the source file is placed in a zip container so that nothing goes wrong during the transfer. You can send us almost anything as a source file, but we prefer Wave or AIFF files in the highest possible resolution.
Be careful with the digital level! Due to various technical and physical reasons, the peaks in your DAW should not exceed -3dB ...
Once we have received the title, we will edit it according to our ideas, unless you have given us specifications. You will receive a section (at least 1 minute) of the finished result.
You are not entering into any obligation! But we hope to be able to convince you with our work, like so many before you, and to be able to welcome you to our customers soon!
The best thing to do is to contact us right away. . .
Some tips for your master
In the past, in analog studios, individual tracks were deliberately and controlled overdriven, for example to benefit from "tape compression" or from harmonic distortion of electronic components.
Unfortunately, this way of working no longer works in the digital world. Too high a level can make it much more difficult to achieve the desired sound. In the worst case, a master can even be unusable because too much data has been destroyed. It is particularly annoying that not every peak that is too loud can be heard as such and not every over peak can be measured by the usual measuring instruments in the DAW software.
So the best strategy is to be careful with the level. It starts on a single instrument channel and ends with the sum. We recommend an optimal level of approx. -10dB (on the DAW scale), with peaks of up to -3dB not being a problem.
When it comes to compression, we distinguish between two different types: musical compression and compression for technical reasons, so as not to exceed a certain level.
If you provide us with a master's, we ask you to simply leave out the technical compression (wherever possible). As a rule, we can get the dynamics under control better with our tools (external hardware) than with any plugin. Especially on the Mixbus, there should be no compression or limiting. You'd rather turn the mix down a bit.
The compressors and limiters used musically are part of your creative concept for us and of course have to be retained. Even if they are on the Mixbus.
One principle applies to the data format: Deliver your master to us in the format in which you produced. Please do not convert 16bit recordings to 24bit under any circumstances and do not change the sample rate. For example, if you produced with a bit depth of 14bit at a sample rate of 96KHz, please send your master in with these specifications.
For daily work in the studio, we recommend 24bit / at 48 Khz. This is completely sufficient for pop, rock and dance music and represents a good compromise to the file size.
When you submit your masters, please never put them "openly" on a share server, but put them in a zip. In this way, checksum errors can be avoided, which can negatively affect the audio material.