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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)

Holdin my own, (before mastering)

Holdin my own, (Capitol records mastering)

Holdin my own, (Alchemy Studio mastering)

Holdin my own, (Infinite Wave mastering)


More Alchemy Studios Mastering Samples

Burden of Royalty <kerry.jbu@gmail.com> 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.



 

Burden Of Royalty ( Electronic )

Symphonic Weather

Before Mastering / Burden of Royalty - Trip of Transformation

After Mastering /Burden of Royalty - Trip of Transformation

 



 

The Path Less Travelled ( Hard Rock)

Cast Out The Cowards

Before Mastering / Time - The Path Less Travelled

After Mastering / Time - The Path Less Travelled

 



 

JMM - Where You Going ( Rock )

Before Mastering / Jeff Mojo Muller - Where You Going

After Mastering / Jeff Mojo Muller - Where You Going

 



 

Co ( Hip Hop)

One Mind

Before Mastering / Co - One Mind

After Mastering / Co - One Mind

 

     


 

Jenna Jream (Pop )

Electrify My Body Single

Before Mastering / Jenna Jream - Electrify My Body

After Mastering / Jenna Jream - Electrify My Body

 



 

Empty Visionaries ( Hardcore )

A Narrow Path

Before Mastering / Empty Visionaries - Constant Questions

After Mastering / Empty Visionaries - Constant Questions

 



 

Ryan Notley ( Country )

Ryan Notley EP

After Mastering / Ryan Notley - Diesel Smoke

 


 

Island In The Sky ( Reggae / Rock )

Island in the Sky

Before Mastering / Island in the Sky - Passwords

After Mastering / Island in the Sky - Passwords

 



 

JMM - The Dragon ( Rock)

Jeff Mojo Muller

Before Mastering / Jeff Mojo Muller - The Dragon

After Mastering / Jeff Mojo Muller - The Dragon

 



 

Escape The Pop ( Rock )

Escape The Population E.P.

Before Mastering / Escape The Pop - My Own End

After Mastering / Escape The Pop - My Own End

 



 

Yer Bird Records ( folk )

Yer Bird Records Compilation

Before Mastering / Nic Garcia - Into The Deep Blue Night

After Mastering / Nic Garcia - Into The Deep Blue Night


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



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