Calgary CD Mastering Services
Song Mastering, CD Mastering, Audio Mastering
While many people think that the mixing of the separate audio tracks is the final step, a recording must be mastered well in order to sound good. CD mastering is the last chance for creative input when creating a compact disc. After a disc is mastered, it can be printed, reproduced, and sold.
The process of mastering a CD includes several steps. The first step is putting the songs, called tracks at this point, in order. Next, the volume is leveled for all of the songs. This is the most important step, the music should be brought to a level that is competitive with other releases in the same genre. Any final compression or equalization, noise filtering, tonal shaping etc. is added at this point. The length of time between songs is also adjusted, and any editing on the intros and ends of the songs (such as fades and crossfades, etc.).
There are several ways to master a CD. First, the mix can be sent to a professional CD mastering engineer, which is what professional musicians with major recording contracts usually do. Mastering can take use analogue or digital gear, and often a combination.
Alchemy Studios uses a variety of mastering programs and plugins to achieve maximum clarity and volume in the digital mastering process.
The difference between a professional sounding CD and an amateurish recording is often found in the mastering. All of the songs played on the radio are extensively mastered in order to sound louder, slicker and more listenable.
Mastering Pricing - Current Specials
Individual Tracks - $40 per song
3 tracks or more- $33 per song
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Alchemy Mastering Services
Here is a mastering
example from SATORI LIFE. First the Raw Mix
file, this is how it sounds BEFORE mastering. Second example is from
capitol records mastering and the third from Alchemy. The fourth is
from Dave Horrocks at Infinite Wave, this was the final master for the
Planet Music CD. That way you can
compare easily and hear what Alchemy can do for your mixes, for alot
less than you pay the big guys (all audio files original volume and
tone,no retouching or processing)
my own, (before mastering)
my own, (Capitol records mastering)
my own, (Alchemy Studio mastering)
Holdin my own, (Infinite
More Alchemy Studios Mastering Samples
Burden of Royalty <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Jeff - I picked up the CD's yesterday. I just wanted to let you know how great the master CD sounds! Thanks again for all your time and efforts, I know I would bring any future projects to you for mastering as well.
Alchemy Mixing Services
Alchemy also offers complete mixdown and
re-mix services. Hear what an experienced engineer, 120
tracks of automated 24bit mixdown and an accurate listening environment
can do for your sound! - Mixing Page