At Cirrus, we believe mastering is a collaborative process between the artist and the engineer. By making a few simple adjustments to the premaster, more options are available to the engineer helping your music reach its full potential. 

 

Provide A High Quality Format

Stereo, 24 bit Aiff or Wav file at 44.1khz sample rate

 

Remove Any Plugins From The Master

Although some buss processing can produce instantly pleasing results when writing, a master buss free of any plugins when bouncing the premaster (especially limiting) will allow our engineers to achieve the most solid, open and natural results during the mastering session.

Feel free to provide a bounce with buss processing as a reference for the engineer. 

   Figure One.    Channel 2 and 5 are what an optimal master buss looks like. Channels 3 and 4 is what we want to avoid.

Figure One.

Channel 2 and 5 are what an optimal master buss looks like. Channels 3 and 4 is what we want to avoid.

Leave Plenty Of Headroom

It's best to leave 6db of headroom or more on the master buss. Avoid hitting 0dBfs at any time as this causes harmful distortion which cannot be removed during the master.

Channel 5 in 'Figure One' shows a signal with a good amount of headroom.

 

Provide A Mix You Are Happy With

Mastering is all about broad and often subtle changes. Although we have great tools and techniques to correct and enhance tracks, there are certain specific changes which can only be made during the mix-down. 

By ensuring you are happy with the mix before submission, you greatly increase the chance of receiving a master that you are happy with.

If you would like to check the quality of your mix before sending it for mastering, please get in touch with us here and one of our engineers will get back to you with feedback.