W e always recommend that you attend your mastering session if possible, in order that you can take an active role in shaping the sound of your master. Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with the process; your engineer will guide you through and you can have as much (or as little) input as you want. However technical you are, your engineer will be able to get a better idea of what you’re after simply by spending some time with you.
If you don’t want to be too hands on about it, you can always just sit back and watch it all come together, although your engineer will probably appreciate it if you get up and put the kettle on once in a while! So, do come along; it’ll be great to see you, and you’ll get the chance to see how and where it all happens.
At the end of your mastering session you will be able to take away a reference CD (usually referred to as a CDRef) or some WAV files if you prefer so that you can have a listen to the results of the session at your leisure and on a range of playback systems. If you should require any revisions just let us know. Once you have approved the work, then we can proceed to create the final production master.
For a more detailed look at what an attended mastering session entails, have a look at our Mastering Info page “What Is Mastering?”
If you’re not sure how much time to book, just give us a call to discuss your project. It’s worth bearing in mind that (within reasonable limits) the more tracks you can master in a single session the less time it takes, plus we have discount schemes for unsigned artists to make larger bookings even cheaper.