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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our FAQ page, here you will find answers to commonly asked questions about audio mastering, our services, and the process of working with us. We understand that mastering can be a complex and technical process, so we want to ensure that you have all the information you need

to make informed decisions about your music. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out, we’re here to help you achieve the best possible sound for your project. So please read on, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions..


Frequently Asked Questions

Mastering Service

  • How much does mastering cost?

    The cost of mastering can vary depending on the length of the track or album, and the requested delivery format. It is best to trickle pricing and rates on our Order Mastering page here or our features and rates page here .

  • What are the types of mastering do you offer

    Mastering Service. We offer Audio Mastering from single track Mastering, EP Mastering, LP Mastering. Mastering for streaming services as well as Dolby Atmos Mastering.

  • Do you do digital or analogue mastering?

    We use both high quality industry standard analogue equipment with the latest audio technology software. Which is sometimes referred to as hybrid, we like to use the terminology Mojo.

  • How can i purchase mastering?

    Please go to our Order Mastering page here  you will be able to find all information  regarding ordering Mastering.

  • How do I prepare my mix for mastering?

    To prepare your mix for mastering, make sure it is properly mixed and free of any technical issues or errors. Export your mix as a high-quality WAV or AIFF file at the same sample rate and bit depth as the original recording.

  • What are your mastering rates for a single track?

    A Single Track Master is £65, discount start from three tracks please see our full Mastering rates.

  • Do I need an account for mastering services

    Yes an account is needed which is free and automatically set up for you when you order any mastering service.

  • How long will my master take?

    Turn around for a single track master is approximately 48 hours and for LPs/EP's  2-3 days.
    There is also an express service available on request.

  • Can you master instrumentals, radio versions, vocal tracks, etc?

    Yes we can master alternate mixes. It is best to supply these at the time of mastering the main mix so everything can be done together and more quickly.

  • What are my payment options?

    We accept all the popular payment methods such as PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amazon Pay, American Express and Google Pay.

  • How do I send my files?

    Once you have registered you will be directed to your account where you can upload your files through our secure web server for mastering.

  • What is your policy on working with clients remotely or over the internet?

    We comfortable working with clients remotely and can provide online file transfer and communication options 

  • How do I make a payment?

    Through our online payment portal which accepts the following payment methods;
    PayPal, Bank Transfer, MasterCard / Maestro Card / Visa Card payments

  • Can you give me examples of your previous mastering work?

    Yes, we can provide examples of previous projects we've worked on for reference. 

  • What formats can I receive the mastered files in?

    Mastered files can be delivered in a variety of formats, including WAV, MP3, and DDP (Disc Description Protocol) for physical media.

    We will deliver

    Master, 32-bit/96kHz WAV (For Archiving)

    Master, 24-bit/44.1kHz WAV (Included)

    Master, 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV (Included)

    MP3 file, 320 kbps (Included) 

  • Can you provide any advice or suggestions for improving the mix before sending it to you for mastering?

    Yes, we are happy to provide feedback and suggestions on the mix if requested. 

  • Can you adjust the stereo image or panning of my mix during mastering?

    Yes, we can adjust the stereo image or panning if needed, but it's typically best to address those issues during the mixing stage if possible. 

  • Do you offer any additional services such as stem mastering or mix consultation?

    Yes, I offer stem mastering and can provide feedback and suggestions on the mix if desire 

  • How do you handle revisions or changes

    We are happy to make revisions or adjustments if needed for free within reason to ensure that the client is satisfied with the final product.


  • Can you explain your pricing structure? Do you charge per song or per project?

     We charge per song, but I offer discounts for larger projects or bulk orders. 

  • What software and equipment do you use for mastering?

    We use a combination of software and hardware, including EQ and compression plugins as well as analog gear like tube EQs and compressors 

  • What formats will you provide my track(s) in?

    Our standard service will provide

    • Master, 32-bit/96kHz WAV (For Archiving)
    • Master, 24-bit/44.1kHz WAV (Included)
    • Master, 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV (Included)
    • MP3 file, 320 kbps (Included)
    • Optimised for all streaming services (Apple, Spotify, YouTube etc)
  • What is your approach to mastering a mix? Do you have a particular workflow or process?

    My approach to mastering involves careful listening and analysis of the mix, followed by strategic use of EQ, compression, and other processing to enhance the overall sound 

  • Can you tell me about your experience in audio mastering? How long have you been doing it?

     I've been mastering audio for over 10 years and have worked with a wide variety of genres and clients 

  • What processing are you adding to my track?

    Every project is different on what may or may not be need mastering main features are

    • EQ, compression and limiting
    • Noise reduction, click removal
    • Compilation, starts, fades and levels
    • PQ encoding (CD Master or DDP)
    • ISRC code insertion
    • Error checked Red Book production master.
    • Mastering notes and cue sheet
  • How do you ensure the final master meets industry standards for loudness and dynamic range

    We use specialized metering and measurement tools to ensure that the final master meets industry standards for loudness and dynamic range. We also reference the master on a variety of playback systems to ensure it sounds good across different devices and environments. 

  • How do you handle revisions and feedback from clients during the mastering process

    We value open communication and collaboration with our clients. We provide an initial master for review and offer revisions until the client is satisfied with the final product. We work closely with our clients to address any feedback or concerns they may have. 

  • Which DAW do you use for mastering?

    For main mastering we use Wavelab Pro 11 along with Pro Tools 2023  RX10,  Logic Pro X along with array of audio plug-ins.

  • Can you master to and from tape?

    Definitely! This is usually done on an hourly rate, please contact us to discuss.

  • Can I attend the mastering session in person?

    We offer in-person mastering sessions, but sessions are done remotely. Check with us for their availability and preferences.

  • Can I request revisions after receiving the mastered files?

    Yes, we will offer a certain number of free revisions after delivering the initial master.

  • What information should I provide when ordering mastering services?

    You should provide the mastering engineer with a high-quality mix, the desired format and delivery method, and any specific instructions or notes.

  • How do I cancel or change my order?

    Unfortunately, it’s not possible to make any changes to an order or cancel it once it has been placed. .


Frequently Asked Questions

Stereo Mastering

  • What is the role of EQ in stereo mastering?

    EQ (equalization) in stereo mastering is used to shape the frequency balance of a track, addressing any tonal imbalances and enhancing its overall clarity and presence.

  • Can stereo mastering enhance the perceived loudness of a mix?

    Yes, stereo mastering techniques like dynamic range compression and careful use of limiting can increase the perceived loudness of a mix while still maintaining an appropriate level of dynamic range.

  • How does stereo mastering handle inter-channel phase relationships?

    Stereo mastering engineers pay attention to the inter-channel phase relationships to ensure proper mono compatibility and minimize any phase cancellation or artifacts that may occur when the mix is summed to mono.

  • What is the role of a mastering engineer in ensuring the overall tonal balance of a track?

    A mastering engineer ensures the overall tonal balance of a track by making adjustments to the frequency response, addressing any frequency peaks or dips, and achieving a cohesive and balanced sound.

  • Can stereo mastering add depth and dimension to a mix?

    Yes, stereo mastering techniques such as reverb, delay, and spatial processing can add depth, dimension, and a sense of space to a mix, enhancing its overall sonic depth.

  • What is the purpose of dynamic range compression in stereo mastering?

    Dynamic range compression in mastering is used to control the dynamic variations in a mix, making softer elements more audible while preventing excessive peaks, resulting in a more balanced and controlled sound.

  • How does stereo mastering ensure compatibility across different playback devices?

    Stereo mastering takes into consideration the sonic characteristics of various playback systems, aiming to create a master that translates well across different devices, ensuring a consistent listening experience.

  • Can stereo mastering improve the stereo imaging of a mix?

    Yes, stereo mastering techniques like stereo enhancement, panning adjustments, and spatial processing can enhance the stereo imaging of a mix, creating a wider and more immersive soundstage.

  • What is the role of EQ in stereo mastering?

    EQ (equalization) in stereo mastering is used to shape the frequency balance of a track, addressing any tonal imbalances and enhancing its overall clarity and presence.

  • Can mastering engineers remove unwanted noise or clicks from a mix?

    While mastering primarily focuses on enhancing the overall sound quality, skilled engineers can sometimes address minor noise issues or clicks, although it is generally more effective to address these problems during the mixing stage.

  • What is the role of a limiter in stereo mastering?

    A limiter is often used in stereo mastering to control the peaks and overall loudness of a track, ensuring it stays within acceptable limits without excessive distortion.

  • Can stereo mastering help with frequency balance and tonal adjustments?

    Yes, stereo mastering can address frequency balance and tonal adjustments to achieve a more balanced and cohesive sound across the frequency spectrum.

  • How can mastering help improve the translation of a mix across different playback systems?

    Mastering engineers employ techniques to ensure that a mix translates well across various playback systems, such as car stereos, headphones, and club sound systems.

  • Is it possible to master a song that was recorded in mono?

    Yes, it is possible to master a mono recording. However, the stereo mastering process might be limited as there is no stereo information to work with.

  • What are the common file formats used for delivering mastered tracks?

    Common file formats used in stereo mastering include WAV, AIFF, and high-quality compressed formats like FLAC or Apple Lossless.

  • Can mastering correct phase issues in a stereo mix?

    Yes, mastering engineers can address phase issues in a stereo mix to improve the overall clarity and imaging.

  • How does mastering affect the overall volume of a song?

    Mastering can adjust the overall volume of a song to ensure it is competitive with other tracks, while also maintaining a suitable dynamic range.

  • What is the purpose of stereo widening in mastering?

    Stereo widening in mastering is used to enhance the stereo image of a mix, making it sound wider and more spacious.

  • Q: What is stereo mastering?

    Stereo mastering is the final step in the music production process, where a professional mastering engineer applies a series of techniques to optimise the stereo mix for playback on various systems and formats 

  • What is the difference between stereo mastering and mixing?

    Mixing involves adjusting the levels, panning, and effects of individual tracks to create a cohesive stereo mix, while stereo mastering involves applying a set of techniques to optimize the final mix for playback on different systems and formats. 

  • What file formats are used in stereo mastering?

    The most common file formats used in stereo mastering are WAV and AIFF. These file formats offer high-quality audio and are compatible with most digital audio workstations and playback systems 

  • Can stereo mastering fix a bad mix?

    Stereo mastering can improve a mix to a certain extent, but it cannot fix major problems with the mix. It is important to address any major issues during the mixing process before sending the mix to be mastered. 

  • Can you enhance the clarity or depth of my mix during mastering?

    Yes, we can we use EQ and other processing to enhance the clarity and depth of the mix, but it's important to keep in mind that mastering can only do so much to fix issues with the original recording. 

  • What is your philosophy on loudness and dynamic range in mastering?

     Our philosophy is to balance loudness with dynamic range, preserving as much of the natural dynamics of the mix as possible while still achieving a competitive overall level. 

  • What are the benefits of mastering my music?

    Mastering your music can offer several benefits, including:

    1. Improved Sound Quality: Mastering can enhance the overall sound quality of your music, making it sound more polished, balanced, and professional.
    2. Consistency: Mastering can help ensure that all tracks on your album or EP have a consistent sound and volume level, which can improve the listening experience for your audience.
    3. Loudness: Mastering can increase the overall loudness of your music, making it stand out more on streaming platforms and in live performances.
    4. Clarity: Mastering can improve the clarity of your music by balancing the levels of different instruments and frequencies and removing any unwanted noise or distortion.
    5. Compatibility: Mastering can ensure that your music is compatible with different playback systems, such as different types of speakers, headphones, and streaming platforms.
    6. Branding: Mastering can help create a distinctive sound for your music that reflects your brand and artistic vision.

    Overall, mastering can be an important step in the music production process, helping to ensure that your music sounds its best and is competitive in today’s music industry.



  • What is online Mastering?

    Online Mastering is a secure online booking service for mastering your project. Choose which option you prefer, place your order, upload your project and any notes you may have and we will return your tracks as soon as they have been mastered.

  • What is a production master & why do I need it?

    A production master is the “master” copy of the CD that all the manufactured versions are made from. You need a master when you want to have a run of CDs produced at a production plant.

  • What is a ISRC code?

    ISRC Code or International Standard Recording Code is a unique code used to identify recording and publishing rights, and credit information. Each ISRC is a unique identifier that can be permanently encoded into a recording or music video. Encoded ISRCs automatically identify recordings for PPL payments. More information is available here:

  • What’s the difference between DDPi and PMCD Master?

    The major difference between the two formats is that a PMCD master is the physical disc, where as a DDPi master is a file, that can be burnt onto a DVD, sent via the internet, or backed up onto a hard drive. We recommend the DDPi format because a DDPi can be backed up onto multiple hard drives, so with this format you will only ever need to pay for one master. With a PMCD master, the master is a physical item and if it is lost or damaged you will need another.

  • What is the DDP player software?

    The DDP player software will play a DDP master, allowing you to audition it exactly as it will be as a commercially manufactured CD, including gaps, track names and ISRC’s. You can also burn your own reference CD’s using the DDP player. This is available to all clients for free.

  • What is a UPC?

    UPC (sometimes also known as EAN) stands for Universal Product Code and is a 13 digit code that is a type of barcode. They can be encoded into CD Masters (either DDP’s or PMCD’s), although they are not required. CD masters require the code to be 13 digits however some UPC’s are supplied as 12 digits. In that case we can ensure compliance by adding a 0 to the beginning of the code.

  • What is CD-Text?

    CD-Text is information such as release and song name that be encoded on a PMCD or DDP master. Some, but not all, CD players (such as DJ and car systems) can read this text.


Frequently Asked Questions

Dolby Atmos

  • What is Dolby Atmos?

     Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology that creates a 3D audio experience by adding height to the traditional surround sound setup. 

  • What is Dolby Atmos mastering?

    Dolby Atmos mastering is the final stage of the audio production process, in which the mix is fine-tuned and optimized for playback on a wide range of devices and environments.

  • What formats can I deliver Dolby Atmos music in?

    Dolby Atmos music can be delivered in a variety of formats, including Blu-ray, streaming services like Tidal and Amazon Music, and even vinyl.

  • Can you provide mastering for different types of music genres?

    Yes, we provide mastering services for a variety of music genres, including jazz, rock, reggae, hip hop, pop, electronic, classical, and more. 

  • What type of feedback do you provide after mastering is completed?

    We provide detailed feedback on the mastering process, including any adjustments made and suggestions for future projects. 

  • Can I make changes to the mastering settings once the process has started?

     It depends on the specific online mastering service. However, most of our services allow for some level of customisation and changes during the process. 

  • Can you work with audio files that are already in Dolby Atmos format?

    Yes, we can work with audio files that are already in Dolby Atmos format. 

  • Can you provide a sample of Dolby Atmos mastering?

    Yes, we can provide a sample of our Dolby Atmos mastering service upon request. 

  • What type of audio projects can be mastered in Dolby Atmos?

    Any audio project that requires high-quality audio mastering, such as music albums, podcasts, film soundtracks, and video game soundtracks, can be mastered in Dolby Atmos. 

  • Do I need to have any specific equipment to enjoy Dolby Atmos audio?

     Yes, to enjoy Dolby Atmos audio, you need to have a compatible audio setup that includes a Dolby Atmos-enabled sound system. 

  • How much does it cost to master audio in Dolby Atmos?

    The cost of mastering audio in Dolby Atmos varies depending on the length and complexity of the audio files, as well as the specific services requested. 

  • How long does it take to master audio in Dolby Atmos?

    The time it takes to master audio in Dolby Atmos depends on the length and complexity of the audio files. Typically, it can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. 

  • What file formats do you accept for Dolby Atmos audio mastering?

    We accept a variety of audio file formats, including WAV, AIFF, FLAC, etc.

  • What is the process for getting my audio mastered in Dolby Atmos

    The process for getting your audio mastered in Dolby Atmos involves uploading your audio files to the online mastering service, specifying your desired settings and preferences, and receiving the mastered audio files. 

  • What is the difference between stereo and Dolby Atmos?

    Stereo sound is a two-channel audio setup, while Dolby Atmos is a multi-channel audio setup that adds height to the traditional surround sound setup. Please read all knowledge base article for more info.

  • What is online audio mastering?

    Online audio mastering is the process of enhancing the audio quality of a recording, making it sound more polished and professional. 

  • Do you master for Dolby Atmos?

    Yes we do please see our Dolby Atmos Mastering page here 

  • What are some best practices for Dolby Atmos mixing and mastering?

    Some best practices include starting with a strong stereo mix, creating a clear and focused center channel, using EQ and panning to create separation between audio elements, and using the height channels sparingly.

  • What is your turnaround time for Dolby Atmos mix and mastering?

    Turnaround time is typically around 5-7 days, but it can vary depending on my workload and the complexity of the project. 

  • Do you offer any additional services such as Dolby Atmos mix consultation or preparation of content for streaming platforms?

    Yes, we offer Dolby Atmos mix consultation and can help prepare content for streaming platforms that support Dolby Atmos 

  • What files will I receive if I order a Dolby Atmos mix?

    You will receive 2 files for distribution. A stereo version wav file, and a Dolby Atmos ADM BWF file. 

  • Can I make a song in Dolby Atmos from my stereo master record?

    A Dolby Atmos file can be created from your stereo record with some illusion of immersive audio, but to create a perfect 3D song, we will need to use your initially recorded multitrack for the song or mastered stems.

  • Can I remix a stereo or surround sound mix in Dolby Atmos?

    Yes, it is possible to remix a stereo or surround sound mix in Dolby Atmos. However, it may require additional work to create a truly immersive 3D audio experience.

  • How do I ensure compatibility with different listening environments?

    Use a variety of playback systems and environments to test the mix and make adjustments as necessary to ensure compatibility across a range of listening scenarios.

  • Can I mix and master in Dolby Atmos using a laptop?

    It is possible to mix and master in Dolby Atmos using a laptop, but you will need a powerful computer with a compatible audio interface and software.

  • Do I need special headphones for Dolby Atmos mixing and mastering?

    You will need a set of headphones that are compatible with Dolby Atmos, such as the Audeze Mobius or the Sennheiser AMBEO.

  • Can I use my existing studio monitors for Dolby Atmos mixing and mastering?

    You will need to add height speakers to your setup to create a full Dolby Atmos setup. Existing studio monitors can still be used for stereo and surround sound mixing.

  • What software do I need for Dolby Atmos mixing and mastering?

    You will need a Dolby Atmos-capable Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software, such as Avid Pro Tools or Steinberg Nuendo, and a compatible audio interface.