The mastering phase is the last step in the creation of the finished piece - not the least important - a good mastering must improve and adapt the song to the various consumer listening; a bad mastering can destroy the work of months!

The CD, the MP3, the ACC to name a few are fruition media in which the amount of digital data is reduced, compared to the 24 bits that are used during the work stage. This implies work by the engineer mastering, through compressions and equalizations, based on the reduction of the resolution at high frequency and on the reduction of the dynamic range.

Every musical genre requires a different approach of mastering, we try to find the best solution, in collaboration with the customer, respecting first of all the product we are working on. We work both on stereo mixes and on stems.

Guidelines for files for mastering:

  • Files format: preferably 24 bits with sampling frequency (S.R.) from 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz.
  • Sample Resolution and bits: same of the recording session, if your session is set to 24 bit / 44.1kHz your mix file must be 24 bit / 44.1kHz. All files must be clearly named. The use of Wav files, world-wide interchange standard is recommended, alternatively we also accept files in AIFF format. Except in special cases where it is impossible to find files at full resolution, avoid using files with lossy compression like the mp3.
  • Codes: if required, request the ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) and UPC (barcode) codes BEFORE your session of mastering (https://www.fimi.it/isrc/isrc.kl)
  • Compression: compression on the mix is an art itself that requires practice and talent. If it is an integral part of the "sound" of your mix, it is welcome.
  • Limiting: it is essential to use "brickwall limiter" exclusively for listening sample to give to your customers or members of your band. Keep a version without "brickwall limiting" for your session of mastering.

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