TCM MASTERING: BEST SPECIFICATIONS FOR ONLINE MASTERING

Which Type Of Audio Files Are Best For Online Mastering?

Watch Ted Carfrae of TCM Mastering explain which audio file formats are best for Online Mastering.

More important ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ to follow before getting your music mastered online.

1. Bear in mind that if your mixes are of bad quality eg. unbalanced, over compressed or over equalised. Mastering can do little to improve it.

2. TCM Mastering recommend you use the following high quality audio file formats when making your music: WAV, AIFF, SDII at 16 or 24 bit sample rates, or higher. Although we can work with MP3 files (minimum bit rate of 192Kbps) we strongly recommend you do not work in this format as they are of a compressed, substandard quality and not ideal for high end mastering.

3. For your final mixes avoid any additional processing such as: Normalising, Equalisation, Compression, Limiting or Finalizing. These elements will be added during the mastering process.

4. If you want to compress your audio files prior to uploading to TCM, we recommend that you use the Windows RAR/Winzip format which can compress your files without loss of quality.

If you are unsure about any of the details above, please contact us by clicking here.

Finally – You are the most important person in this process. So please tell us what your expectations are of the music you send to us. Music is very subjective and therefore the more guidance we have from you at the beginning, the better your end result will be.

So when you place an order at TCM Mastering we ask you to take the time to complete the ‘Special Instructions’ box of our online order form.

Note: TCM Mastering is a division of the TCM Music Group which was founded by record producer and mastering engineer Ted Carfrae. TCM offers the following professional services: Record Production, Mixing Services, Audio Mastering & Audio Restoration.

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