Audio mastering (aka post production) is the last creative step for your album – the last chance to modify your recorded performance and take your music to another level. Every major label release is mastered to prepare it for radio play and retail sale. The reason? In the studio you record one song at a time, resulting in songs that all peak at different levels and have different EQs. A mastering engineer can unify your album with skillful use of EQ, gain, and compression to give it a consistent sound from track to track. This process also allows the engineer to pump up the volume of your overall album so it's as hot as can be and sounds unbelievable.
With audio mastering from the SoundLAB you can get the professional sound you want at a fraction of the cost. You'll get the same exact treatment that perfectionists such as Eminem, The Roots, and Jason Newsted of Metallica fame have chosen. All for as low as $45 for one song.
To improve your recording the mastering engineer can:
- Raise the overall level.
- Even out song levels and EQ individual tracks for cohesion.
- Correct minor mix deficiencies with equalization.
- Enhance flow by changing the space between tracks.
- Eliminate noises between tracks.
- Make your music sound great on any sound system.
- Add IRSC codes (required for digital distribution)
- Add CD-Text information (Artist, Title, Track Names, that can be displayed by some CD players)
Single song mastering just $45
Mastering isn’t just for albums. If you’re getting ready to release a single, make sure you get the song mastered. Mastering a song will make your single pop on the radio or in the club. It will give it presence. And when your song needs to compete head-to-head against major label releases, song mastering can make the difference in giving you the edge over your competition.
Mastering for iTunes
Looking to have your music Mastered for iTunes (MFiT)? The SoundLAB is one of an elite group of mastering studios approved by Apple to provide mastering specifically for songs being sold in the iTunes Store and streaming on Apple Music. Our mastering engineers have the tools and expertise to properly prepare your tracks so you get the optimum sound when converted to Apple’s AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) formatted files. In order to ensure you have a superior sound when selling your songs on the largest music retailer in the world, get Mastered for iTunes, music as the artist and sound engineer intended.
*Our normal mastering packages do not include a certified MFiT master. Please email us or call us at (800) 468-9353 ext. 5774 to get a custom MFiT quote! MFiT certification requires a high-resolution master of at least 24/44.1K be supplied for the mastering session. More info on Apple’s MFiT requirements can be found here
Why Use the SoundLAB?
Quality. The Disc Makers SoundLAB offers world-class audio mastering that makes your music ready for commercial release. Our industry-leading mastering studio offers you access to some of the most advanced audio mastering gear available.
Care. Your job will receive the individual care and attention it deserves. Since 1946, Disc Makers has been committed to quality and customer satisfaction, and our work is 100% guaranteed.
Rates. Our mastering rates are targeted and set for our customers – independent artists. The Disc Makers SoundLAB gives you access to the same industry-leading equipment at a fraction of the price of the world's other top CD mastering houses. Want to learn more even more? View the full SoundLAB site.
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How it works:
Use the "Get an instant quote" button to begin the online ordering process and view all of our audio mastering packages and rates. After completing your order you can upload your content to the SoundLAB. In approximately 3-5 days you can download a proof of your mastered project. Upon final approval you can use the mastered WAV files from the SoundLAB to complete your submission to CD Baby!