Mastering is the generalized term for what is technically "premastering" in the CD and Vinyl world. Often referred to simply as mastering, this stage most commonly refers to the process of taking an audio mix and preparing it for distribution.
This procedure has numerous facets: balancing or shaping the sound of a record, maintaining consistency across an album, maintaining consistency in various playback scenarios and preparing the album for manufacturing and distribution.
Balancing and shaping the sound:
The goal of this stage is to remedy mix balance issues and enhance particular sonic characteristics, taking a finished mix (usually a stereo file) and doing any final stage tweaking required to polish the mix This can involve attenuating or boosting levels and general “sweetening” of the mix. This process can require equalization, compression, limiting as well as adjustment of sidebands and the stereo image.
The flow from one track to another is important. Verifying that tracks are appropriately leveled guarantees that the listener's volume control does not need to be adjusted from track to track. Furthermore, having your album be of an appropriate overall "loudness" guarantees a consistency when the album is played back to back or on shuffle with other professionally released albums. While the "loudness wars" have done a lot of damage to the musical fidelity and dynamic range of many popular genres, the reality is many bands/artists want albums that are competitive or at least carrying enough loudness-density to make the album comparable to most other modern releases. Exceptions to this exist and there are many recordings that could benefit from the K-Metering (Katz) system for final loudness output. Konrad Mastering can tailor the loudness level to your vision.
Preparation for distribution:
This final stage insures the audio has been prepared for the destination target which can include duplication, replication, digital downloads or any combination of the above. This stage varies depending on the format required. In the case of a CD, it can mean converting to 16 bit/44.1 kHz audio through resampling and/or dithering, and setting track indexes, track gaps, PQ codes, as well as preparation of a DDP (Disc Description Protocol). For digital distribution the levels may need to be adjusted to prepare for conversion to AAC, MP3 or 24-bit hi-res files and include the required metadata.
The Pickpockets - If I Were You
Echoes & Afterthoughts - Shapes In The Static
The Velies - Help Me Out
Tripmaster Monkey - My East Is Your West
TABS - New Old Swamp
Hot Candy Idols - s/t
godwar - Greatest Threat
Chrash - The Music 2017
The Velies - Caught In Places
GOSH! - ODYSSEY
Angela Meyer - Consequence
Us Mode - Euphemisms & Other Double Talk
Donnie Bobb - Can't Go Around It, Gotta Go Through It
Steve Baumann - Time. Life & Love
BEEs - Shady Lady EP
Boris The Spider - Throwin Goats
Brooks Strause - Benjamin
AliciaAnn - Sippin' On You
Konrad - Artbreak
Mountain Swallower - Mountain Swallower 2017
Things Falling Apart - blind hammer i miss you like nails
Mountain Swallower - 2016
Songs From The House - Fortress EP
Land of Blood and Sunshine - Lady And The Trance (LP prep.)
Brooks Strause - The Chymical Wedding of
The Multiple Cat - Intricate Maps
The Multiple Cat - lovers +4 (DP transfer)
Chrash - Things My Friends Say
Hello Quad Cities - Volume 2 LP (Ragged Records 2012)
Hans Breder - 7
Radical Turf Presents - Tales from the Oxygen Den
Radical Turf Presents - First Disguised as Last
Radical Turf Presents - Hello Future?
Tegan and Sara - Daytrotter session 10/18/2010
Doomtree (Dessa, SIMS, Cecil Otter, Mike Mictlan) -
Daytrotter session - 3/30/2010
Foals - Daytrotter session 10/14/2010
Thank You - Daytrotter session 10/16/2010
Marmoset - Daytrotter session 4/3/2010
Pronto - Daytrotter session 10/17/2010
Blind Boys of Alabama - Daytrotter Session 3/29/2010
Grogshow - s/t (co-mastered with Patrick Stolley)
Struggle In The Hive - s/t (co-mastered with Patrick Stolley)
Robot USA - 1+1=11
Robot USA - The Closet Freak
Robot USA - s/t
Music and Album Mastering:
For music mastering rates, please calculate the cost of your project with the online estimate calculator available here.
Narration recording and editing:
Spoken word narration can be recorded and/or de-noised, leveled and mastered for final format destination. These services include audiobooks, voice-overs and corporate training narration. $75 per hour.
Cleaning up and restoring noisy or damaged audio recordings. $65 per hour.
Conversion of your vinyl LP to one personal listening copy on CD or digital. Can convert 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM.
$55 per 12" LP. $45 for 7".
Tape to Digital Conversion:
Transfer your analog tape recordings to digital. Tape formats available for conversion are 2", 1", 1/2" and 1/4". $75 per hour.
Graphic Design Layout:
layout for CD and Vinyl sleeves and discs utilizing Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.
$65 per hour.
Konrad Mastering Services applies a variety of software and outboard gear to achieve a professional end result. Utilizing a balanced audio chain, KMS achieves a clean and transparent end result that allows the true essence of the audio mix to shine. Konrad Mastering Services supports the following vendors:
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