Mastering

Mastering is a craft, a science and some people even call it an art-form. It’s an obsessive look at the details, without losing focus of the big picture. It’s an objective opinion, It’s about quality, presentation, and translation, and most of all, it’s about your music, and doing everything I can to help realize your vision.”


Mastering

I offer high-end analog mastering to bands, musicians, labels, studios, and producers. I use only the best custom-built analog hardware and digital software to improve the clarity, definition, and depth of your precious recordings.

 


Stem mastering

With stem mastering individual audio tracks (stems) are grouped together for independent control and sound processing. Sometimes stem mastering can be a lifesaver, for instance, when you have problems mixing in vocals or drums. The maximum amount of stems I will work with is 5.

 


Attended mastering

It’s possible to attend a mastering-session, but i’m not a big fan of it. I will explain why it will be better to NOT to attend the session. I have synesthesia, which means I feel, see, taste, experience music and sound, not just by ears. It will not make your master any better when attending the session.

If you still want to attend the session, that’s OK, but I want you to sit on the couch in the back of the studio and shut up, don’t talk, don’t make any noises and don’t even move. 🙂 For albums it’s sometimes a good idea to come to the studio, but mostly for final tweaks, or listen to the masters together or for making the sequence/transistions of the album.

“Mastering is the final step before your music is released to the world. I take that very seriously.”


Preparation and delivery

“I have some guidelines for preparing your music to be mastered. Please read this information carefully.”

Files can be uploaded to my own WeTransfer channel. For single track mastering I prefer the use of the online mastering-service.


Delivery of finished masters

Finished masters will be standard WAV files in 24bit and 16bit. Apple Digital Masters (Da Goose Mastering is certified supplier), dedicated masters for streaming services and Vinyl ready masters are also possible for a small extra fee. Encoding to mp3, AAC(+) or FLAC is free of charge.

Finished masters will be delivered digitally by WeTransfer. A DDP image or an error-checked red-book standard PMCD is also possible. Please let me know before I start mastering.

More information about masters and how to deal with them can be found here.