We can create a production-ready master CD from your individual mastered tracks. This service costs £30 ex. VAT (£36 inc. VAT). We can embed ISRCs at no extra cost to the above. If you'd like us at add CD-Text too, this will cost an additional £20 ex. VAT (£24 inc. VAT).
Please supply your tracks at 16 bit / 44.1 kHz. Supplying in any other resolution will require your audio to be dithered/converted to 16 bit / 44.1 kHz. This service is charged at £30 ex. VAT (£36 inc. VAT). Please ensure all files are transferred in a .ZIP/.RAR folder.
Please supply topped and tailed audio files with any unwanted silences already trimmed. Any required audio editing will be charged at £50 per hour ex. VAT (£60 inc. VAT).
CD mastering adds the final polished touch to your recording. During the mastering process, our audio engineers listen carefully to your original mixes, making fine adjustments to produce a finished master that will play with the best possible sound across a variety of audio systems.
Our in-house engineers will harness specifically tailored hardware and software to really get the most out of your recordings. They will always ensure that the audio characteristics and dynamics of your audio are heralded and preserved, using their "Golden Ears", years of knowledge and experience, and a fully equipped post-production studio of highly-specialised equipment. Our mastering engineer's creative expertise will add the final polish. At this point you will receive a test copy to approve, and further changes can be requested at this stage if necessary. DMS will always supply you with commercial quality audio, every time.
If we are mastering your audio, there will be no extra charges for basic audio editing, dithering/converting files and embedding ISRCs and CD-Text.
Arranging tracks in final order required
Adding CD text to tracks
Adding ISRC Codes (Provided to the client by PPL)
Adjusting gaps between the tracks
Cleaning the start and finish points of tracks as required
Removing noise from gaps between all tracks
Removing tape hiss, clicks, pops, and other unwanted artefacts
Adjustment of levels to reach commercial volume without losing overall dynamics
Processing (Compression & EQ) to achieve required levels
Maintaining a consistent level for all tracks
Stereo imaging/widening if required
Assembling and burning your finished master to Red Book standard.
We are invested in producing the very best digital masters for a reasonable and competitive rate. Our in-house audio engineers and advanced post-production studio are more than equipped to master your audio files to a highly professional standard every time. Sound good? please get in touch using the link below, or keep reading for more useful tips and information.
From receipt of your files we always aim to return a test copy to you within a week. Like a recording session, it's always useful to know that a job is being sent in advance so that the engineers can allocate their time. As a guide, please allow around 2-4 hours for an average length album. Our engineers will be happy to analyse your audio and provide you with an estimate before you commit to anything.
Once the mastering engineer has completed your basic requests his creative expertise will add the final polish. You will receive a test copy to approve once the mastering process has been completed. We guarantee our mastering 100%, if you're genuinely and justifiably not happy, we won't charge you.
CD mastering is charged at £50 per hour ex. VAT (£60 inc. VAT).
For best results and quickest turnaround please supply a set of sequenced WAV files output as 16 bit with a sample rate of 44.1kHz. You can send these to us on an audio CD, via digital transfer (in a .ZIP/RAR archived folder), on a USB or Compact Flash Drive, CD-R, CD-RW, DAT, Data CDR or as a DDP disc image.
We can also accept your files as 24-32 bit 44.1kHz - 192kHz Audio WAVs, AIFFs, or FLAC files.
Please note that if you are providing us with production files that do not require mastering or other audio assistance, the preferred format is a production-ready DDP master file.
Please always ZIP all audio files before transferring to us to avoid potential data corruption.
You can forward digital files via WeTransfer or Dropbox (in a .ZIP or .RAR folder) or via your own FTP site.
You can send physical formats (CD, DVD, USB Stick or Flash Drive) to the following address:
Disc Manufacturing Services Ltd
The Pressing House
2 Lipson Road
All original files will be returned upon request once mastering process is complete.