June 22, 2022
Words by: Nathan Reece
The audio post-production format that will prepare your music for physical or digital distribution, mastering is the final step towards completing tracks. We caught up with Bristol-based specialists at Optimum Mastering, who have kindly put together a few pointers before sending off the final mix.
Ensure you’re happy with the mix down. Mastering results will be best from a mix that you’re genuinely pleased with. Mastering traditionally consists of “broad strokes”, so any problematic elements are always best dealt with at the mixing stage.
Talk to your engineer. At Optimum we offer a free mix assessment service, as well as our Sunday sessions for dropping into the studio to listen over your mix and get advice from an engineer.
Give your mastering engineer some headroom! Aim to leave at least 3-6dB headroom to make sure your engineer has room for manoeuvre at the mastering stage.
Think about any references or mastering notes. It’s always helpful to give an indication of your expectations and ideas to get a result you can be pleased with.
Remove any limiting from the mixes. If you like to mix into a limiter, then please supply both the limited and non-limited audio, so the engineer can hear what you’ve been working with.
Thanks again to Optimum Mastering for providing insight – be sure to reach out to them for any future mastering requirements!