THE MAGIC OF MINT MASTERING
Mastering is the art of refining and polishing finished stereo mixes making them crystal clear with commercial loudness and consistency across all playback systems whether it be club speakers, radio or an ipod.
WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MIXING AND MASTERING?
Mastering involves working from a single, already mixed song and is a subtle art, making a combination of improvements and preparing the track for the final release medium. Mixing involves processing each individual element of the production and setting levels and effects.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR TRACK FOR MASTERING
It is important files be prepped in a certain way to allow proper room for the mastering process. Essentially, I'll need an HQ wav/aiff file without limiting or heavy master processing. We recommend -6dB on the master output.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY MASTER?
Mastering can be as subtle or heavy-handed as needed, it is all a question of the quality of the original mix and musical judgment. In cases where the original mix is nearly on target, the result will be a series of very subtle improvements, whereas a mix that needs help will hear a big difference.
I HAVE LIMITERS ON INDIVIDUAL TRACKS
Yes you can have limiters on individual tracks (for example the drums & bass, etc.)
But NO limiters on the final master bus as these limit the overall output of the track.
DO I NEED MASTERING?
No.1 rule- you should never master your own music. Generally after writing your own music you are now too invested to listen to your project objectively.
HOW MASTERING WORKS
The No.1 rule is- you should NEVER master your own music. Generally, after writing your own music you are now too invested and your ears are too fatigued to listen to your project to make the right decisions because your ears have become too used to it.
HOW DO I KNOW YOU WILL MASTER MY TRACK TO EACTLY HOW I WANT IT?
At Mint Mastering we offer unlimted revisions because I know that will make you feel comfortable... Comfortable knowing that first time I hear your 2 reference tracks I will see your exact vision.
I DONT KNOW WHAT FORMAT TO SEND YOU
Each file should be an audio file in either .wav or .aif. Either 16bit/24bit, and in either 44.1kHz/48kHz. (DO NOT send MP3s or other reduced quality file types) All files MUST NOT peak/ redline at 0dB. -6db headroom is good.
Payments will safely made through Paypal. After payment is made upload all your files via your profile page.