Hey guys, just throwing this out there...
I'm interested in providing some free mastering to anyone in the chip music scene that would like to get their music mastered.
I'm in the final stages of my audio degree and would like to do a tonne of mastering so I can sharpen up my mastering skills before I finish.
I'm happy to provide this service to anyone who is struggling with mastering their own audio or who would simply like a different set of ears on their final mix down.
In return for the free mastering all that i'd ask is that you allow me to use some of your audio as part of my assessment in my degree.
I would be using a professional grade mastering studio combining a mix of software and hardware processing to master your audio.
Pro Tools 11HD + Software Plugins
Event Opal Studio Monitors
Manley BACKBONE Mastering Insert Switcher
SPL Machine Head
SPL Loudness Maximizer
Cranesong STC-8 Stereo Compressor
CVL stereo equalizer
There are some basic rules to follow:
Tips to help get the most out of a mastering session:
EQ: Avoid over EQ'ing your mix. Try to minimise big spikes and overtly loud instruments in the final mix. Avoid trying to hard to make certain sounds stand out or have certain bottom/low frequencies being overtly loud. It’s better to have a more even final mix than one that tears your ears off in certain frequencies.
Compression: Avoid over compressing your mix. You don’t want to over compress a mix to the point where all of the dynamics of a track have been removed from the final mix.
Master Bus: Avoid using EQ/Compression/Limiters on the master bus when printing your final mix.
Phase: Check your phase when mixing. Playback your mix in mono and stereo to ensure you don’t have phase cancellation issues in the mix.
Headroom: Allow plenty of headroom in your mix, -10dB of headroom on the loud source in your mix.
Trim/Fades: Leave a little room at the start and end of your mix. Preferable 1/2 secs at the start of your mix and 3-4 seconds at the end. If a track has a reverb tail at the end allow additional time for the reverb tail to finish before ending the mix.
Alternate Mix: If your unsure how your final mix should sound provide an additional mix that makes certain instruments or sounds standout. You’ll find this may save you having to do a remix if the final mix isn’t quite ready for mastering.
Audio File: 16bit/24Bit 44.1Khz WAV or AIF final mix audio file with no dithering applied. No Mp3’s or compressed lossy formats.
Sequencing: Sequence your tracks by trying different combinations and provide a list of the final song ordering.
Documentation: Provide a list of the final sequence of your mixes and what audio tracks you have provided for the mastering engineer. List the track number, file name and audio quality your mix has been printed in to enable good file management.
File Naming Convention:
Track No: 1
Final Mix - example_audio-fnl.aif,
Alternative Mix - example_audio-fnl.aif
Track No: 1
Delivery Method: Dropbox, Mega. etc
Note: All music would remain the property of the original artist and your music would not be used for commercial or promotional use.
Contact me via PM or Email if your interested.
Last edited by BRKOUT (April 29, 2015 7:16 am)