MASTERING FOR LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL MUSIC ARTISTS
Studios 301 is Australia’s largest mastering facility, specialising in mastering music for iTunes, CD, Vinyl and other digital releases in a variety of genres. Our Engineers are mastering the best of Australian music every day, and so far we have mastered albums selling in excess of 100,000,000 copies!
Our mastering services are fast and affordable and booking can be made over the phone, via email or here on our website. You can send your mixes to us for unattended mastering, or come in and attend the session. Either way, our engineers give the mixes the time and attention they deserve, ensuring every master sounds as best it possibly can.
Bit Rate: 24Bit is preferred however 16Bit files are fine if a 24Bit source is unavailable. 32Bit Floating Point files offer no benefit but can also be used.
Sample Rate: Please submit to us in whatever sample rate your track was recorded at. Leave any downsampling to us. If you require masters outside of the standard 44.1Khz sample rate, please let us know.
Peak Level: There is a lot of advice around saying that -3 is a good target which is fine, however as long as the audio isn’t clipped (unless a deliberate effect), or very low level, then the mastering engineer can adjust the gain as needed.
Master Buss Processing: This is often case-by-case, as it’s easy to overdo compression/saturation/limiting on the master buss. We don’t advise removing it completely however, as it may lose the intended vibe. If you are unsure, you can provide us with both a version with master buss processing on, and a version with it off.
If you upload your project via the online bookings form and your chosen engineer is unable to meet the deadline, we will get in contact to advise of their next availability, or suggest an alternative engineer.
MFiTs are optional, iTunes and other digital distributors will accept standard 16Bit masters.
What is the difference between an unattended (charged per-song) and an attended (charged per-hour) session?
The DDP player software will play a DDP master, allowing you to audition it exactly as it will be as a commercially manufactured CD, including gaps, track names and ISRC’s. You can also burn your own reference CD’s using the DDP player. This is available to all clients for free – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I use the DDP player software?
- Please make sure you follow the instructions for installation carefully.
- Launch the DDP player software
- Drag and drop the entire (unzipped) DDP folder we have provided you into the yellow window of the DDP player software.
I put my reference / master / manufactured CD in iTunes and it doesn't show the song or artist names.
CD masters require the code to be 13 digits however some UPC’s are supplied as 12 digits. In that case we can ensure compliance by adding a 0 to the beginning of the code.
Check out the following resources and services:
- For CD manufacturing, talk to Mad CD’s or Media Movers in Sydney, and Implant Media in Melbourne.
- For online distribution and promotion (including upload to the iTunes store), contact the team at DITTO Music.
- For other advice and ideas, peruse MusicNSW’s resources , APRA’s Music Industry Contacts and the Arts Law Centre of Australia website.