TCM Mastering: The Best Specifications For Online Mastering

As a professional mastering engineer – Ted Carfrae, founder and owner of TCM Mastering and TCM Music Group, brings many years of experience to his client’s projects.

Below, Ted outlines the best specifications and details the most important Do’s and Don’t’s for online mastering.

Ted Carfrae At CTS Studios, London In The 70’s.

Ted started his music career in the 1970’s at CTS Studios, then went on to work at Abbey Road, London and Larrabee Studios, Los Angeles. A respected mixing engineer for many years, Ted moved into the producer’s chair in the 90’s and formed TCM Music Group in 1993 – creating a one stop shop for record production and mastering.

Since its formation TCM have mastered every genre of music for all the major and independent record companies. Click here for recent clients.

You can of course try mastering your music yourself. However, the mastering options available to the home musician are often limited by the equipment and lack of expertise.

Once you have a final mix of your music track(s) that you’re happy with, a professional mastering job will go a long way to show your music off at its best. Especially, if you intend to try to find a publishing deal or recording contract, or even release it on You Tube.

By the time you’re ready to master your music, you’ll most likely have spent lots of time, effort and money getting to that stage. So it makes sense to employ the services of a trained professional, who specialises in this particular task and has access to the best equipment.

A professional mastering engineer is specifically skilled in this final part of the music process, and very importantly, provides a fresh pair of trained ears. Ted himself, employs the services of a professional mastering engineer for projects he produces, for that very reason.

Important ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ To Follow Before Getting Your Music Mastered Online.

1. If your mixes are of poor quality, for example unbalanced, over compressed or over equalised. Mastering will do little to improve them.

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 terms or details above, please contact us by clicking here, we’ll be happy to chat and explain the process.

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.

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

As mentioned in an earlier blog, Ted Carfrae recently formed a new business partnership with James Baker – West 1 Entertainment – which will handle artist management and promotion.

One of the acts that West 1 is very excited about is…..

‘Ben – A Tribute To Michael Jackson’

Ben – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Act is not just another tribute act, but a sincere and totally professional musical tribute to the incredible Michael Jackson.

Unlike many tribute acts, Ben – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Act is completely live, with a talented band of musicians, dancers and a professional sound and lighting crew – a musical experience you will not want to miss.

Ben – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Act is currently touring the UK.

Ben – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Act, Live On Stage.

If you’re a fan of Michael Jackson, you will want to see Ben – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Act. It’s the closest you will ever get to experience Michael Jackson live in concert.

Check out the website for more information, by clicking here.

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