Why does a track need to be mastered?
Mastering is the final step in creating a track, making sure it has the right dynamic properties and that the frequencies are balanced properly in order for it to sound its best when it is played in its intended medium, like a CD, a movie or through a streaming service.
Mastering can also make the tracks of an album sound more coherent and balanced to each other.
What do we need from you for a master?
We need you to send your song as a .wav file in the sample frequency and bit depth you mixed it in, but at least 44.1kHz and 24bit. The loudest peak should be no more than -6dB full scale. It needs to be the final mix, so make sure you’re happy with it before sending it. Additional versions will add an extra fee.
If you have set specifications of loudness and peak, you should state this with your delivery.
It is also possible for you to send links to 1-3 reference songs similar to yours that are indicative of the sound you want.
How do I get my tracks to hi&H?
Send your mastering request with details and .wav file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can use file transfer services such as wetransfer or dropbox, make sure there is no quality loss in the delivery.
Things to consider before sending the track
Make sure your mix is as clean from crackles and other noise as you want it to be, and make sure to check your de-essing one extra time.
At hi&H, if requested, we will give you feedback on your final mix to make sure the final product is as good as it can get. Make sure to be clear about wether or not you want this service in your mastering request, since new mixes will lead to added fees otherwise. Please allow some extra time before your planned release date for this service.