TCM Mastering: Do’s & Don’ts Before Sending Your Music For Mastering

Before getting your music mastered at TCM Mastering it’s important to follow these Do’s and Don’ts…..Ted Carfrae in the TCM Mastering Studio, explains in the videos below.

1. Mix quality is very important. Remember, if your mix is unbalanced or of poor quality, there is little that mastering can do to improve it.

2. We recommend you use any of the following high quality audio file formats when making your music: WAV, AIFF, SDII at 16 or 24 bit sample rates, or higher (each of these formats are accepted by TCM Mastering).

Although we can accept MP3 files (with a minimum bit rate of 192Kbps) we would strongly recommend that you do not work in this format as they are of a compressed, substandard quality and not ideal for high end mastering.

3. Your final mixes should not have any additional processing such as: Normalising, Equalisation, Compression, Limiting or Finalizing. All of these elements will be added during the mastering process.

4. We recommend that if you do intend to compress your audio files prior to uploading, that you use the Windows RAR/Winzip format which can compress your files without loss of quality.

The most important person to us is you, our client. We need to know exactly what your expectations are of the music you are sending to us. Music is subjective and therefore the more guidance we have from you at the beginning, the better the end result.

So when you place an order with TCM Mastering, we ask you to take the time to complete the ‘Special Instructions’ box of our online order form. If you have any questions drop us a line or call us, the contact details are at the end of this blog post.

You can take a look at some of TCM’s recent clients here.

Clockwise From Top Left: Ted Carfrae & Jaki Graham; In The TCM Mastering Studio;  With Cilla Black; David Cassidy & Mike Tocci; Ted With Awards; Ted, CJ and Troy Luccketta.

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, fast and affordable services: Record Production, Mixing Services, Audio Mastering & Audio Restoration.

For more information contact Ted in the UK or CJ Boggs in Nashville, Tennessee. Details are below.

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