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  • Writer's picturePhil McDonald

Preparing your music for mastering

Preparing your music for mastering involves a number of important steps to ensure that the final product is of the highest quality. Here are some general steps you can follow:

Choose the right mastering engineer: Choose an experienced and reputable mastering engineer who has the skills and expertise to enhance the sound of your music.

Mix your tracks: Make sure that your tracks are mixed properly and sound good in their individual form. The mastering process is not meant to fix a poorly mixed track, so make sure that your mixes are as good as they can be before submitting them for mastering.

Leave headroom: Make sure that your mixes have enough headroom to accommodate the mastering process. Leave at least 3-6 dB of headroom to allow the mastering engineer to work their magic.

Use high-quality files: Submit high-quality, uncompressed files for mastering. WAV or AIFF files at a minimum of 44.1 kHz/24-bit are recommended.

Check for any errors: Before submitting your tracks for mastering, make sure that there are no errors, such as clicks, pops, or clipping.

Create a reference track: Create a reference track that represents how you want your final master to sound. This can help the mastering engineer understand your vision and preferences.

Provide notes: Provide notes and feedback to the mastering engineer about your preferences, the desired sound, and any specific elements you want to highlight or de-emphasize.

By following these steps, you can help ensure that your music is prepared properly for mastering and that the final product is of the highest quality.

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