Some of my clients are getting a bit confused at my new upload form on my website. I’m now using an application called Bounce Boss, and its great because it is an intelligent audio collaboration tool, plus it gives everyone the ability to upload different versions like stems, references, final mixes and masters. We can comment and go back and forth about files. I made this video this week to go over how to use it and upload your files to me for mixing and mastering projects.
Want to learn how to be a more productive producer? I give 14 tips that discuss this exact topic. Learn how to be more efficient. Learn how to finish tracks fast. Learn how to be a better producer. I can’t give away all the secrets so make sure you check this video out!
Exciting news to share! Distinct Mastering is now a certified Apple Digital Masters mastering house. That’s right you can get your music certified with the digital masters certification badge in the Apple ecosystem. Learn about Apple Digital Masters and how they can benefit your music.
Apple has created a specific encoding process which they use to ensure quality files so you’e music can be heard as it was intended. The process for artists requires to work with high quality files and we will test and prep your files for preparation into the Apple ecosystem. You can use our mastering house to get the Apple Digital Masters (previously known as Mastered for iTunes) certification bade. If you’re interested in getting your music mastered for Apple and be certified contact us today!
What’s wrong with this waveform for mastering? This is a common music mastering problem that I see. Even though I give clients instructions I commonly find clients trying to send me MP3s, and or files with blown up waveforms. The problem with these files is there is no dynamics left and no headroom for me to work on your project.
I made this video to share what your waveform should look like before sending off to a mastering engineer.
Ever ask yourself is mastering necessary? Are you releasing tracks without professional mastering? Likely you won’t be getting the best results. For example, your tracks are likely not competing with other professional tracks on the market. Another example, your tracks might not be getting the polish and sheen they need to sound like a quality production. Check this video out for a quick look at what mastering can do for you!
Please do not send me MP3’s and learn why they are not good for mastering. I often get MP3s sent by clients for free samples and I decided to create this video to share why I will not master MP3s.
MP3s are heavily degraded in quality. First I quickly explain what an MP3 is with a Wikipedia definition. Then I go into what files are acceptable to send to me as an MP3. Lastly, I share how what happens when you convert to an MP3 with phase cancellation.
This is a perfect example of what happens every time you convert to an MP3 so imagine converting multiple times. You only want to convert to an MP3 once after the mastering stage. Check out the video to learn more.
In this video Freddie from Distinct Mastering shows you how to prepare a mix for mastering services – stem mastering.
How to Prepare a Mix for Mastering – Stem Mastering
In this video Freddie from Distinct Mastering shows you how to prepare a mix for mastering services – stereo mastering.
How to Prepare a Mix for Mastering – Stereo Mastering
In this video Freddie from Distinct Mastering shows you how to prepare a track for mixing services.
How To Prepare a Track For Mixing
00:12 Track Preview
00:26 Consolidate Files
01:25 Name Your Tracks
01:55 Export Your Stems
03:15 Export A Rough Mix
04:49 Send the Track
- Consolidate All of Your Files – Make sure you consolidate all the regions from zero so you will be able to send one file for every track. This ensures that everything will line up perfectly in the new DAW and session.
- Name Your Tracks – Make sure to name your tracks so the next engineer can decipher what each track is without wasting time playing each track back.
- Export Your Stems – Make sure you export at the highest quality, preferably the same bit depth and sample rate that you created the session in but you’ll want to ensure that everything is turned off on your master buss.
- Export A Rough Mix – Turning everything back on the master buss, export a rough mix of your song so the engineer has a reference track of your music and can line this up in his DAW.
- Send the Track – Once complete, zip everything up, leave us an inquiry and send that zip over to us and we can get started on your audio mixing.