FAQ

Can you master or mix all musical styles?
Of course! We can mix or master all styles!
Our focus is hard music (techno, hardstyle, industrial, dark electro, dubstep, EBM, harsh, hard electro, metal, hard rock...), electronic music (dubstep, dance, house, trance, minimal, hip hop...) and rock music (indie, goth rock, batcave, rockabilly, punk...).


What is the difference between mixing and mastering ?
Mixing is taking a multi-track recording and balancing them using volume, eq and effects such as reverbs, delay and compression. The end result of this process is typically a 2 track format (stereo file that can be played on your mp3 player, cd player...).
Mastering is taking a finished mix and using processors (generally eq's and compressors but sometimes others) to make the mix sound louder, fuller and cleaner.


How should i prepare my mixdown? (Song upload instructions, please read before you upload!)
1) Make certain no processing was done to the master 2-track (no limiting, multiband compression or EQ)
2) Let approximately 5db headroom on the mix (your song should maximum peak at -5db at least)
3) Send as a .WAV or .AIFF (Do Not Send .MP3s or WMA's), 24 bits (16 bits is ok too) and minimum 44,1 kHz (you can send it in a .ZIP or .RAR file)
4) Please be sure to include your name and contact information when uploading.
For more information about «preparing a mixdown for the mastering» you can have a look at this article or do some research on google or youtube tutorials.


What is the difference between digital and analog mastering?
There’s a lot of confusion out there about whether analog or digital equipment/processing is the best for mastering your music. Some have the idea that analog equipment always delivers the better, “warmer” sound. While others prefer the flexibility digital provides and say there is no big difference between the two.
Although it’s true that analog can produce better quality than digital, this is not always the case and it can also be the opposite for some situations.
For example, analog processing is often used to add a warm “flavor” (especialy for Hip Hop and R & B). But, for classical music, you want to cause as little “damage” and “colouring” as possible (e.g.: noise from analog tape or phase distortion from analog EQ´s) and only use digital processingto keep the sound “intact” as much as possible.


How should i prepare the single tracks for the mixing or the groups for the stem mastering?
All tracks need to be continuous individual files. Meaning: no edits in the audio. Each track needs to be one single file, or stereo file if that is the format your music program uses. Examples being GarageBand and Ableton Live among others work solely in stereo tracks. Before you buss record or disc record the file (also called: – bounce to disk – render – join – make continuous) you’ll need to prepare the multi-tracks.

All tracks you prepare need to have your mix plugins removed. We need your RAW un-proccessed audio tracks as they were recorded unless you have tracks with specific sound design elements from plugins or external manipulation. Simply record those elements onto discrete audio tracks. Separation is good. Remove EQ, compressors, reverbs and delays from “all” your tracks. If your program renders tracks through the stereo buss like GarageBand, then remove all stereo mix buss processing before you make the audio tracks for mixing. And just as a reminder while you’re recording, record your tracking with little to no compression. Keep your dynamics for us. If you have some cool vintage or vibey analog compressors, just tap it a half a db at peak. Stylized FX – Remember, if you have sound-design effects that rely on live plugins, render those as a separate sound file (only for the full mixing service).

All tracks need to begin at the same start-time or same time-stamp. Even if you have a sound event on one track at the very end of your song, the bounce or render needs to begin at the same very beginning of your song, before your intro, exactly at the same start-point as all the other tracks. The end of the files can all be different. When the sound ends for the song, the audio file can end there. Don’t slam the audio inputs when recording/rendering/bouncing to disk. Slamming digital inputs will have no benefit sound wise and will cause problems for us so keep the levels within 80% of digital zero (the top) I rather have too low a signal than too hot. Sample rate, Sample Frequency, File Type- we can handle whatever rates you are using. WAV or AIFF are preferred. Don’t change or up-sample before your render, just give us the same rate and freq you’ve been using in your project.


How should i prepare my stems/groups for the mastering?
We do stem mastering up to 6 tracks/groups, please make sure that your groups (stereo tracks or mono tracks) have the right names and only contain the instruments of their category.
Groups examples:
- Drum group
- Bass group
- Synth group
- Vocals group
- Guitar group
- FXs group


How to deliver the files for mixing?
Burn all your files on a CD or DVD, make sure that all the single tracks of a song are in one folder
(with song name, MIDI files and BPM), and send the CD/DVD to the adress in the contact section.
Upload the song(s) folder(s) to a server (your own server, rapidshare, Wetransfer or something
similar), send us a download link.


What payment methods are accepted and when should I pay?
We accept Paypal and bank wire only. You will find the paypal and bank instructions in the contact section. The complete payment should be done before we finalize the work. We will send you the
final mastered/mixed track back when your payment is done and on our account.

Do you have more questions? Send us a mail: info@my-master-mix.com


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