Be sure you have the final mix that you want to use. If you feel like certain parts, like the lead vocal, for example, need to be louder, then you should remix. While we can do some things to bring certain parts out in a mix that may be somewhat buried, it is always best to have a mix you feel really good about. If you decide after we master your track that you want to remix, remastering will be from scratch and will have to be recharged in full. Do NOT use any limiting/maximizing on the master stereo bus during mixing. Overall loudness is not somethign you should be concerned about in the mixing stage and should be left to the mastering engineer. In fact, the mix SHOULD seem quiet when you compare it to a commercial release that has been mastered. If your mix has been heavily compressed and limited before sending it to us for mastering, because the headroom has all been taken away and the dynamics severely limited, there is often very little that we can do without introducing distortion, so for the best sounding final product, don’t limit or compress the stereo master bus. If you need instrumental or preformance tracks, have your engineer do those mixes at the same time, so that all versions that you need can be mastered at the same time. This saves you money and makes consistency of the processing much more exact. Export and send us WAV files - ideally 24 or 32 bit, and in the original sample rate at which it was recorded. We can dither and saple rate convert as necessary for the final master files for release. If an mp3 is all that you have, we can still use it, but the resolution of mp3’s are much lower than WAV files.
Mastering includes adjusting and balancing of frequencies and the overall spectral balance of the song corrective eq if needed for problems in the mix adding compression and limiting (usually multi-band for different frequency ranges) to add punch, control dynamics and bring the overall loudness into a competetive commercial range. Compression and limiting is used differently for different styles of music and if used excessivey or inappropriately for the particular style, can destroy the sound. This is one reason to have an experienced, human engineer rather than the cheap, algorithm/AI based platforms that we all see ads for where there is no eperinced human ears actually listening to your music. Adding or correcting/smoothing fades and deleting unwanted space or noise at the beginning or end of a song. Setting song order and spacing between songs and creating crossfades between songs that are intended run continuously from one to the other. Assigning ISRC codes and embedding them in the metadata of the final master file. ISRC codes are included free with our mastering. If you already have ISRC codes, please send them to us when you send the files to be mastered. Adding CD Text information (Artist, Song Title, Album Title, etc.) Exporting and dithering final master files - WAV for digital delivery, DDP file set for CD replication, WAV for vinyl. We also always include properly tagged mp3 files for your own reference and for promotional use for you as you may need at no extra cost. Creation of a PQ sheet with ISRC codes, song lengths, etc. and a Tracklist Cue sheet for vinyl sides.
Please include the following information when you send the files (either in an email or as a text document) Artsit/Band Name Exact Song Titles Song Order (if applicable) ISRC codes if you already have your own. If not we can assign them for you. If none are sent to us we assume you need them assigned. Please include any special instructions you may have.

REQUIRED INFORMATION

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Mastering is the last step before the music you have worked so hard creating gets released digitally and on CD or vinyl. Whether you’ve recorded and mixed your project at home or at a professional studio, getting an experienced mastering engineer’s highly trained ears and world class gear on it can be the difference between a release that comes alive and reaches out from the speakers and grabs you or just falls flat and feels small. At Crystal Clear, we use the best of the digital and analog worlds for processing. Our mastering studio is built around our Rupert Neve-designed Masterpiece analog mastering console. That coupled with B&W 805s monitors, an ASW 600 sub, Tube Tech SMC 2B Stereo Multiband Compressor, Fred Forsell-Modified Millennia Media NSEQ-2 Mastering EQ, Langevin A/D conversion and 20+ years experience that our Chief Engineer, Kent Stump has mastering music of all styles, can give your project that big budget, major label mastering sound at a reasonable price (see below) and with a much faster turnaround time than many other mastering houses can give you. We master for digital and streaming, CD, and vinyl and we use the Apple Digital Masters Protocol and tools to ensure your music sounds it’s best on any digital platform. One Song - $50 Multiple songs - the first two songs are $50 each, and $40 per song after that. Additional versions of the same song (instrumental or performance track, for example) - one additional version is included free and any versions beyond that are $10 each. All versions MUST be sent to us along with the main release version to obtain this price. Additional versions sent later after the original mastering is completed will be charged like new songs. Versions for vinyl in addition to digital/CD mastering - $10 per song. Please include the side breakdown with other required info (see below)

GIVE YOUR MIXES

THE PUNCH THEY NEED!

NAVIGATION
SOCIAL
ADDRESS 4902 Don Dr. Dallas, TX 75247 USA
CONTACT michael@crystalclearsound.net 214-630-2957

MASTERING

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

WHAT EXACTLY IS MASTERING?

PREPARING YOUR MUSIC FOR MASTERING

Send your files, preferably in WAV file format, to kent@crystalclearsound.net using wetransfer.com (this is a free large file transfer service that doesn’t require an account - all you need to do is enter your email address as the sender and our email address as recipient, then add your files and send). You can also use Google Drive or Dropbox but make sure you just copy a link and email that to us rather than sharing a folder with us. We no longer do attended mastering sessions. Once your files and required information have been received your project will be added to the existing mastering queue, Turnaround time is generally 2-3 business days. Sometimes, depending on the current workload, it may be up to 4-5 business days, but we strive to turn projects around quickly. When we have completed the mastering we will send an invoice to your email add
NAVIGATION
ADDRESS 4902 DON DR. DALLAS, TX 75247 USA
CONTACT michael@crystalclearsound.net 214-630-2957
SOCIAL

MASTERING

GIVE YOUR MIXES

THE PUNCH THEY NEED!

Mastering is the last step before the music you have worked so hard creating gets released digitally and on CD or vinyl. Whether you’ve recorded and mixed your project at home or at a professional studio, getting an experienced mastering engineer’s highly trained ears and world class gear on it can be the difference between a release that comes alive and reaches out from the speakers and grabs you or just falls flat and feels small. At Crystal Clear, we use the best of the digital and analog worlds for processing. Our mastering studio is built around our Rupert Neve-designed Masterpiece analog mastering console. That coupled with B&W 805s monitors, an ASW 600 sub, Tube Tech SMC 2B Stereo Multiband Compressor, Fred Forsell-Modified Millennia Media NSEQ-2 Mastering EQ, Langevin A/D conversion and 20+ years experience that our Chief Engineer, Kent Stump has mastering music of all styles, can give your project that big budget, major label mastering sound at a reasonable price (see below) and with a much faster turnaround time than many other mastering houses can give you. We master for digital and streaming, CD, and vinyl and we use the Apple Digital Masters Protocol and tools to ensure your music sounds it’s best on any digital platform.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

One Song - $50 Multiple songs - the first two songs are $50 each, and it’s $40 per song after that. Additional versions of the same song (instrumental or performance track, for example) - one additional version is included free and any versions beyond that are $10 each. All versions MUST be sent to us along with the main release version to obtain this price. Additional versions sent later after the original mastering is completed will be charged like new songs. Versions for vinyl in addition to digital/CD mastering - $10 per song. Please include the side breakdown with other required info (see below)

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Send your files, preferably in WAV file format, to kent@crystalclearsound.net using wetransfer.com (this is a free large file transfer service that doesn’t require an account - all you need to do is enter your email address as the sender and our email address as recipient, then add your files and send). You can also use Google Drive or Dropbox but make sure you just copy a link and email that to us rather than sharing a folder with us. We no longer do attended mastering sessions. Once your files and required information have been received your project will be added to the existing mastering queue, Turnaround time is generally 2-3 business days. Sometimes, depending on the current workload, it may be up to 4-5 business days, but we strive to turn projects around quickly. When we have completed the mastering we will send an invoice to your email address that can be paid with a credit/debit card online. Once payment is received, we’ll send you the Master Files using wetransfer.com.

Required Information

Please include the following information when you send the files (either in an email or as a text document) Artsit/Band Name Exact Song Titles Song Order (if applicable) ISRC codes if you already have your own. If not we can assign them for you. If none are sent to us we assume you need them assigned. Please include any special instructions you may have.

WHAT EXACTLY IS

MASTERING?

Mastering includes adjusting and balancing of frequencies and the overall spectral balance of the song corrective eq if needed for problems in the mix adding compression and limiting (usually multi- band for different frequency ranges) to add punch, control dynamics and bring the overall loudness into a competetive commercial range. Compression and limiting is used differently for different styles of music and if used excessivey or inappropriately for the particular style, can destroy the sound. This is one reason to have an experienced, human engineer rather than the cheap, algorithm/AI based platforms that we all see ads for where there is no eperinced human ears actually listening to your music. Adding or correcting/smoothing fades and deleting unwanted space or noise at the beginning or end of a song. Setting song order and spacing between songs and creating crossfades between songs that are intended run continuously from one to the other. Assigning ISRC codes and embedding them in the metadata of the final master file. ISRC codes are included free with our mastering. If you already have ISRC codes, please send them to us when you send the files to be mastered. Adding CD Text information (Artist, Song Title, Album Title, etc.) Exporting and dithering final master files - WAV for digital delivery, DDP file set for CD replication, WAV for vinyl. We also always include properly tagged mp3 files for your own reference and for promotional use for you as you may need at no extra cost. Creation of a PQ sheet with ISRC codes, song lengths, etc. and a Tracklist Cue sheet for vinyl sides.

PREPARING YOUR

MUSIC FOR MASTERING

Be sure you have the final mix that you want to use. If you feel like certain parts, like the lead vocal, for example, need to be louder, then you should remix. While we can do some things to bring certain parts out in a mix that may be somewhat buried, it is always best to have a mix you feel really good about. If you decide after we master your track that you want to remix, remastering will be from scratch and have to be recharged in full. Do NOT use any limiting/maximizing on the master stereo bus during mixing. Overall loudness is not somethign you should be concerned about in the mixing stage and should be left to the mastering engineer. In fact, the mix SHOULD seem quiet when you compare it to a commercial release that has been mastered. If your mix has been heavily compressed and limited before sending it to us for mastering, because the headroom has all been taken away and the dynamics severely limited, there is often very little that we can do without introducing distortion, so for the best sounding final product, don’t limit or compress the stereo master bus. If you need instrumental or preformance tracks, have your engineer do those mixes at the same time, so that all versions that you need can be mastered at the same time. This saves you money and makes consistency of the processing much more exact. Export and send us WAV files - ideally 24 or 32 bit, and in the original sample rate at which it was recorded. We can dither and saple rate convert as necessary for the final master files for release. If an mp3 is all that you have, we can still use it, but the resolution of mp3’s are much lower than WAV files.