SONICMASTERING

online professional mastering services

FAQ
WHAT FORMAT SHOULD THE SOURCE MATERIAL BE SUPPLIED ON?

Our main preference is for you to upload your 24bit files via our secure transfer server, as we can start work on them straight away.

We also accept audio or data cds/dvds. If you send a cd, we would prefer a data cd with files stored as 24bit wavs. Sampling rates of up to 192khz can be used.

Your mastered material can be downloaded for your approval before a DPP file is sent or a Red Book Gold cd.


CAN I ATTEND THE SESSION?

Our sessions are unattended. This keeps the cost down for our clients.
We encourage clients to send us clear instruction as to their mastering needs. Track listings, edit requirements, fades and any other client suggestions need to be sent with the original material, or via our
Contact page. We will ensure good communication during the entire process.


HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TAKE?

Please allow 2 to 3 days for cd singles, EPs and up to a week for albums.

We will spend the required amount of time making sure your tracks sound the best they can.

Good communication is important throughout the process, and we will keep you informed of any decisions we make.

You can download the mastered tracks for evaluation.(please note they will be partial wavs.)

The final master DDP/CD will only be released once full payment has been made.


WHAT IS THE FINAL FORMAT SUPPLIED AS?

The final master is supplied digitally as a 16bit/44.1khz wav file.

It can also be supplied as a highest quality Taiyo Yuden Gold Master CDR. This is for reproduction only. You will be supplied with listening copies for evaluation.

You can also opt for our DDP service. This is a digital format that duplication factories can use directly. It is becoming the standard way for transferring the material onto glass masters, as there are no errors produced compared to Gold master cds.



CAN I PREVIEW YOUR SERVICE BEFORE GETTING AN ALBUM MASTERED?

Yes. We can master one track of your choice via our upload page.

Please note that this will be the same as our evaluation copies. This way you can check the mastered track on a variety of systems before committing to a decision.

This only applies to album projects, not single tracks or EPs



WHY SHOULD WE USE SONICMASTERING?

Because we are a small independent company who are striving to make mastering affordable to everyone. Unsigned bands, songwriters and anyone on a tight budget.

We appreciate the last thing you want to do after you've blown your budget on a good recording studio, is to have to shell out loads more for high quality mastering. We have tried to price our services to suit the budgets of most unsigned bands out there. (Major Labels please phone for separate rates).

Because our engineer is friendly, helpful, and has many years of experience in the Professional Audio Business. He also has great ears! We hope you will agree :)