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CD Mastering

Compiling Your CD Master

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).

The CD Mastering Process

CD mastering adds the final polished touch to your recording. During the mastering process our audio engineers listen carefully to your original mixes and make fine adjustments to produce a finished master that will play with the best possible sound across a variety of audio systems.

We have a fully equipped post production studio in house and our experienced engineers are always ready to optimise your recordings using a combination of highly-specialised equipment and years of experience. Our qualified team use their "Golden Ears" as their primary piece of equipment when mastering your audio, but also harness complex tailored hardware and software solutions to really get the most out of your recordings. 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.

Our CD Mastering services include:

  • 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.

Helpful Mastering Information

Book Your Mastering As Early As Possible

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.

Trust Our Engineers

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 £40 per hour ex. VAT (£50 inc. VAT).

How To Supply Your Audio

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, Minidisc, 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.

How To Send Us Your Files

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, Minidisc, DAT, USB Stick/ Flash Drive, or ¼" Tape) to the following address:

The Pressing House
Faringdon Road
St Judes

All original files will be returned upon request once mastering process is complete.

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