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Mastering is the final step of the music production process. It is the last chance to make your recordings sound as good as they possibly can. The mastering process involves a series of adjustments that can add polish, depth, detail and impact. This final step can help communicate and reinforce the message and emotion of your music.

  • Each project is approached as a custom program. Special attention and respect is given to the intended direction of your project. A great amount of effort and planning has gone into writing, arranging, performing and producing your mixes. Good mastering will support and enhance all of these efforts.
  • With experience and an objective perspective, your recordings will progress, sounding more balanced, finished and refined.
  • Accurate monitoring and quality tools are used to ensure that your recordings will be optimized to sound their very best on a variety of playback systems.
  • Competitive levels are an important factor of today's music. It is possible to optimize levels without destroying the musical dynamics. Mastering is not about how loud the music can be made to sound, it's about knowing how to make music feel and sound more powerful.
  • Advancements in modern recording have made it possible for many artists to record and produce their music in project studios. Sometimes these independent recordings require some maintenance in order to sound more polished and standardized.
  • Even a great sounding recording can benefit from the mastering process. Subtle adjustments to the frequency spectrum and dynamic range can make a great production sound even greater.

Mastering Services Include

  • Digital editing, trimming and adjusting the silence at the start and end of files, removing extraneous noises, combining files and mixing stems.
  • Balancing the frequency spectrum, dynamic control and level maximizing, stereo balance and width adjustments.
  • CD assembly including compiling and sequencing tracks, balancing the relative tones and levels, timing the silence between songs, adding fades, adding CD text, entering ISRC codes and burning compact discs.
  • Delivery of the finished product can be done in a variety of formats. Formats include Red Book CD, DDP file format, ISO image, Wave and Aif audio files, MP3 and MPEG-4 Audio lossy formats and Flac lossless format. All finished files can be uploaded to the Patch Hill ftp site or sent by regular mail.
  • Per song option. True mastering involves assembling, balancing and preparing a series of songs together. When a project is limited to a single song, then a per song service is available as an option.
  • Restoration of audio archives. Restoration includes noise, hum, hiss and crackle removal from source material. Transfer of records, vhs or cassette tapes to the necessary digital format.
  • Mix consultation is offered as a service to those seeking an objective opinion. Before mastering, mixes are reviewed and suggestions are made if there are any issues.
  • Backup storage of your project. A copy of your project will be kept on file if you need to recall it at a later date.
  • Limited CD duplication.

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