FAQ

Here are some of our most commonly asked questions regarding the services we offer. If you have additional questions or would like an additional explaination of our services, we encourage you to get in touch via our contact page.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is mastering?
Mastering is the final step in the professional audio post-production process, and is critical in that it allows music to stand up to the competition in terms of both overall spectral balance and loudness. Mastering is considered an art in and of itself, and is therefore left to specialists who often have no involvement in the production process. Professional mastering will ensure that tracks sound good on as many different sound systems as possible, from cheap laptop speakers to expensive hi-fi systems. Maybe most importantly, a mastering engineer gives an unbiased perspective on your music, and will often correct elements in a mix which went unnoticed or uncorrected during the production phase.
How long does mastering take?
From start to finish, it usually takes us about 1-2 business days to complete mastering on one track. If expedited mastering services are required, we can usually accomodate for a premium rate. Please contact us for details regarding expedited services.
what equipment do you use?
We use only high-end analog hardware, including but not limited to a Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, API 2500 Stereo Compressor, Massive Passive Stereo EQ, Lavry Engineering Blue AD/DA Converter, Adam A7 Monitors and Sub.
How do I prepare my audio files?
Prior to sending us your audio files, we ask that you remove all processing from the stereo bus. We ask that you leave between 3db and 12db of headroom. Under no circumstances should an audio file be normalized. You may send us your audio in either WAV or AIFF formats, preferably 24 or 32 bit if possible. Also be certain everything is labelled clearly.
How do I send my audio files?
When ready to begin your project, we ask that you send your files in either ZIP or RAR format via wetransfer.com to orders@perfectionmastering.com
What if I am not happy with the final master?
If for any reason you are not happy with the way your final master sounds, we will continue to work with you until you are 100 percent satisfied.
What is headroom?
Loudness maximization is done during the mastering process. There is no need to worry about loudness prior to sending us your audio. We ask that you turn down your stereo bus faders to provide betwee 3db and 12db of room between the loudest peak in your track and the ceiling of 0db, in order to assure no clipping occurs.
Should I normalize my audio files?
Absolutely not. Just because your DAW is reporting that no clipping has occured during normalization does not mean that is the case. By normalizing audio you are coming dangereously close to clipping your audio and there is absolutely no reason to do so prior to mastering.
Should I limit/compress/eq the stereo bus?
Absolutely not. Remove all plugins from the stereo bus in your DAW prior to bouncing your audio. Leave the mastering process to us!
I'm not happy with my mix, can I send you my stems?
It is often the case that producers are working with less than ideal monitoring setups. We are able to mix your stems for you if you wish. Problems that begin during the mixing stage are not always easy to remedy during the mastering process, so if you are uncertain about your mix we suggest you consider our mixing services in additon to mastering.