I am Done Recording, now what? Get it Mastered!
You just recorded your first album, demo, or single and you're having mixed emotions, feeling extremely proud and enthusiastic, perhaps a little nervous, maybe even lost. Is it ready to be duplicated or replicated and passed on to the various radio stations, record labels, or music producers? Probably not! First ask yourself whether or not your new studio mixed CD sounds great or pretty good. If you answered pretty good, that will not cut it in the competitive world of the music industry. If you answered great, what are you measuring it against? How will the overall sound quality be if you just leave it alone compared to the competition? The real question should be, can my CD be made to sound any better? So now what?
The next step should be to locate someone who can professionally master your new CD/pre-master (see the article An Introduction to CD Mastering). How do you choose a professional CD mastering engineer that you can trust and not spend a fortune on? Well I'll spell it out for you, Discmasters. Discmasters should be the first people you contact. You will get a professional CD mastering engineer with 20+ years of experience, that provides top-notch friendly service that will take your CD to the next level. Their quality is bar none and very affordable.
You may be asking yourself why would I need someone to master my new CD after spending all that time, effort and money at the recording studio? It sounded great in the studio, didn't it? Depending on the mastering requirements of your music (to maximize audio impact & quality) Discmasters can offer you a free test master evaluation which will allow them to give you an accurate price quote. This also allows you to 'HEAR' the final mastering result and quality BEFORE you make any final decisions on mastering.
Mistakes happen during recording that create clicking, ticking, popping, humming, and other various background noises, that mixing can't fix. You need a cd mastering engineer to fix these and other problems. Once the CD mastering engineer is finished with mastering your audio CD, the final product will have the right amount of balance, a consisent level for each individual song, and those noises made during recording will be minimal if any. Now you will be saying this CD sounds great and can feel confident that this new release is ready to compete with all the big names in the music industry.
Discmasters services include: Data/Digital Conversion, Multimedia Authoring & Design, A/V analysis-editing & mastering. These and other techniques give consistency and an overall cohesiveness to assure your product's success! They can also duplicate or replicate your newly mastered CD, help with graphic design, by one of their prestigious graphic design artists, and even add upc codes or spine lables for that true professional look for retail purposes. They have done work for many different companies including Columbia Records, Sony Music Group, Warner Brothers, Disney, David Gilmour, John Fogerty, numerous other major and independent recording artists just to name a few. Give them a try - You will not be disappointed!