FAQ

What are your rates for Mastering?

Contact me for a free Master of your song to start. All genres and styles welcome.

 

​Do you charge extra for revisions?

No. Unlimited revisions are included until you are 100% happy with the final result.

 

How do I communicate my vision to you?

After I receive your uploaded track(s), I'll send you a simple form to fill out. Descriptor words can be helpful: air, balanced, bass, boomy, boxy, bright, clear, deep, dull, excitement, flat, harsh, hollow, mids, mud, open, presence, punchy, rumble, saturated, sibilance, sizzle, smooth, thin, thump, treble, warm, wide.

 

How Loud should my Master be?

After I receive your uploaded track(s), I'll send you a simple form to fill out. It’s entirely up to you. Preserve maximum dynamics, medium loud, loud, or maximum loudness. Most platforms like Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music will turn down your song’s volume if it’s too loud. So there’s not much point in making music overly-loud for the sake of loud. But I’m always happy to Master your songs however you like.

 

What is your turnaround time for Mastering?

I work efficiently and communicate responsively. Oftentimes, I’ll have Masters back to you in a few days.

Is your space acoustically treated?

Yep! My studio is professionally treated with custom-made premium acoustic panels from Acoustech and Paneltech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

What is the difference between Mixing and Mastering?

Mixing is carefully blending all of the individual tracks using EQ, compression, reverb, delay and other tools. Mastering is the overarching EQ, compression, limiting and other techniques needed to get the song volume-competitive, industry standard and radio ready. Think of it as the final polish of a song. To help bring out the best features, and to help it be as best as it can be.

Preparing your File(s) for Mastering

  1. Commit. Please commit to your final mix.

  2. The final mix should be 1 stereo track and exported at maximum quality, such as .WAV or .AIF.

  3. Confirm the track’s start & end cutoffs are exactly how you’d like them.

  4. Please label files well.

  5. Prepare any information you’d like me to have (song title, artist, album, track numbers, total tracks, subtitle, composer, lyricist, band/orchestra, conductor, remixer, bpm, comment, genre, publisher/label, producer, copyright, ISRC, URL)

 

I love the sound of my mix exactly as it is. I don't want anything to change, but it needs to be louder for my release. Can you help with that?

Yes. For a discounted rate, I can provide the necessary volume boosts and limiting for your songs to be fully ready for distribution. I use the best Limiter in the industry.

Can you help me promote my song?

Absolutely. Free promotion included for any Masters you hire me for. When you're ready to release, I help promote your songs on my official Facebook page, YouTube channel, Instagram page, etc. Every little bit of promotion helps.

 

I keep hearing the term "saturation." What is audio saturation?
Because digital mixing is very clean & clear, saturation tools/plugins can be used to intentionally "busy" up an audio signal by generating drive, distortion, harmonics, character, color, etc. So if your mix is feeling a little too clean or clear, saturation can be applied at a Mastering level to help add some of those harmonics.

I keep hearing the term "transients." What are audio transients?
In summary, think of it as the initial burst/punch/attack of an audio signal. For example: snare hits, drum hits, acoustic strums, piano hits, anything percussive, etc. In Mastering a rock song for example, "preserving transients" would mean to ensure that we aren't losing any of the impact of those burst/punch/attack of snare hits or kick drum hits.

 

ISRC

If you have your own ISRC’s prepared for each of your songs, feel free to email me that information. Nowadays, most distributors will automatically assign your songs ISRC’s upon upload to their system. 

 

ID3 tags

Prepare any information you’d like me to incorporate into the Masters’ metadata (song title, artist, album, track numbers, total tracks, subtitle, composer, lyricist, band/orchestra, conductor, remixer, bpm, comment, genre, publisher/label, producer, copyright, ISRC, URL). 

 

Can you help produce my Podcast?

Yep! I can professionally edit and produce your podcast, to get it industry standard-ready. It will sound polished yet natural, at the ideal volume level appropriate for the market. There are so many podcasts out there these days, so it's crucial that yours sounds as best as it can be. If not and it's hard or harsh to listen to, listeners will turn it off within seconds.

Uploading songs to DistroKid

DistroKid accepts WAV, MP3, AIFF, CDDA, M4A, WMA, or FLAC. They accept pretty much anything for sample rate and bit depth (e.g., 16-bit 44.1kHz, 24-bit 48kHz, 24-bit 96kHz, etc.). When uploading to your distributor, always upload the maximum quality file such as WAV or AIF. Do not upload MP3s, which are lower quality. 

 

Uploading songs to TuneCore

According to their website, TuneCore accepts WAV files that are 16-bit, 44.1kHz. 

 

Uploading songs to CD Baby

According to their website, CD Baby accepts WAV or FLAC that are 16-bit, 44.1kHz. 

 

Uploading songs to Bandcamp

According to their website, Bandcamp accepts WAV, AIFF or FLAC files that are 16-bit, 44.1kHz. 

 

Uploading songs to Reverbnation

According to their website, Reverbnation accepts WAV files that are 16-bit, 44.1kHz. 

How do Virtual choirs and performances work exactly?

The basic summary is:

  1. You choose the song you want to sing and then find or create a backing track (or backing karaoke track, or backing MIDI instrumental track) to sing along to.

  2. Wearing headphones, you and your group members each sing & record on your own, in your apartments/homes. 

  3. You all send me your audio files. I get to work and communicate closely with you along the way, to craft the perfect mix that you envisioned.

  4. I send you the mix and then we work on revisions if needed. All revisions are included! I want you to be 100% satisfied with your final mix.

  5. If you’ve hired me for Video services too, then next we work together with my Videographer partner, to craft you the perfect video presentation you’ll love.  If not and you will be doing the video portion, then my job is finished and I send you the final maximum quality mix.

I’m a Choir Director and my group is excited to try a virtual choir! But I’m not sure where to begin. Can you help?

Absolutely! Get in touch.

I’ve already done virtual performances, but am now looking to take mine to the next level. Can you help?

Definitely. Get in touch.

I’m looking to upgrade to an external USB microphone, but I don’t want to break the bank. Do you have any recommendations?
Here’s an article comparing 10 USB Microphones under $100. And here’s another article. My tip is always to do a little research and reading, keeping your voice in mind. For example, if your voice is really bright to begin with, you’d want to avoid any mics that promote adding brightness.