I Will Master Your Music
Philip Marsden Music
Local timeJanuary 19, 2021
I am a music producer and sound engineer from Buckinghamshire, UK, specialising in live recording, mixing and mastering. With a first class honours degree in Popular Music Production and a great deal of experience picked up from working at multiple studios and with online clients, I am often praised for...
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I offer a professional online mastering service, perfect for singer songwriters, bands and artists of all genres. With a first class honours degree in Popular Music Production and a great deal of experience picked up from working at multiple studios and with worldwide clients, my aim is to help you achieve the final sound you desire.
What is mastering?
Mastering is the final creative step in the journey of music production. It is the ‘final polish’ that will take your mix to a commercial level, ready for distribution. The sonic characteristics of your track will be balanced, it will be optimised for playback on all systems and the sound will be made as clear and as punchy as it can be. It is always advisable to use a professional, fresh set of ears at this final stage of record production. Every song is different; by using a real engineer, your music will get the unique attention it deserves, which is simply not possible with automated services.
What do I need to do?
Firstly, you must be 100% happy with the sound of your mix – mastering will enhance your sound and take it to the next level, but it cannot fix mixing errors. If you’re ready, make sure that your mix is peaking at around -5db before you export it. A mix peaking any higher could cause unwanted distortion when mastering. If your mix is peaking higher (or much lower) than -5db, you must adjust this. This should not be done by using the master fader, leave this at 0db. Instead, adjust the levels of every fader in your mix simultaneously until the output peaks at around -5db during the loudest part of your song.
Next, unless it is essential to the mix, make sure that any processing or dithering on the master bus is removed. EQ, compression and limiting will all affect the dynamics of the music, which is taken care of at the mastering stage.
Files should be submitted as 24bit, 44.1kHz, stereo interleaved WAV or AIFF files. MP3s will not be accepted. Other file types can be accepted, but please check with me first.
What will I receive?
Many engineers and services will give you one master for use across all different platforms, however, music is consumed in many different ways, on many different platforms, so I believe it is better to give you a specially optimised master for each. I offer masters optimised for streaming (Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music etc.), for CD and SoundCloud and for club and venue play. Just let me know where you will be releasing and I’ll give you what you need!