Mastering FAQ

We can accept and work with almost any type of file or format. However, we recommend submitting Wave ( .wav ) or AIFF (.aif ) files. Do not convert your mixes to MP3.

If you are using a “rendering” function such as “bounce to disk” or “render” you should bounce or render at whatever settings you originally used when opening the DAW session. These settings can be viewed in the “setup” menu under “Session Setup” in ProTools.

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We recommend getting your mixes to sound the way you want before mastering (
with some important exceptions mentioned below ). Mix as if you are not going to
master. Multi-band compression and limiting, which are often used during the
mastering process, have the aural effect of bringing up lower level mix elements.
Sometimes engineers will try to “pre-compensate” for this effect by keeping some
mix elements intentionally lower. We recommend against “pre-compensation”. We

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While ProTools® and similar DAWs are great for tracking and mixing, they are not
designed for mastering.

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Track By Track Processing
Each track or song will be processed individually. Depending on your objectives, we
may apply combinations of multi-band compression, multi-band limiting, multi-band
widening, multi-band excitement, equalization, high-pass filtering, parallel
compression, noise reduction, tape or tube saturation, error detection and
correction, DC offset removal, and loudness maximization.

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In short, mastering is preparing your audio to be fully compatible with whatever
medium your audio will be distributed on. Professional Audio Group provides audio
pre-mastering for Compact Disc. Technically what we do is pre-mastering, but it has
become common to interchange pre-mastering and mastering to mean the same
thing. Therefore, everywhere else on this site we will refer to ourselves as a
mastering service and say we provide mastering or mastering services, even though

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