You've finally made it to the last step in your record making process: mastering. Although mastering is an incredibly creative craft, there are some technical things to keep in mind as a producer/mixer when getting your songs ready to send off.
Here are 7 surefire ways to make sure your record goes through mastering smoothly.
- Print WAV or AIF files at 24bit and original sample rate
- Clearly label them and put in album order
- Keep all peaks under -3dBFS
- Export with no limiting
- Leave space at the beginning and end of tracks for fades
- Send a list of notes and reference mixes
- Communicate all needed delivery formats
- Print using lossy codecs (mp3, m4a) or do your own sample rate conversion
- Assume I will know what order the album will be in
- Clip your mix bus
- Use heavy compression and/or limiting on your mixes
- Export with the downbeat starting at 00:00
- Leave your ME in the dark about your influences
- Assume one file type will work for every platform
What other ways have you found to make sure your mixes sound great?