Mastering is the process of getting the final mix ready
for the pressing plant or the web. The mix is transferred to the computer. The whole mix is then
adjusted for bass, treble, and midrange, possibly stereo enhanced, and compressed if necessary. Much effort
is put into getting the project to sound as loud on the CD as other similar product that is out in the
marketplace. We cannot adjust the levels of individual tracks like we can in mixing. We also use some tricks
to get the mix to sound punchy on the radio. The mastering engineer is always trying to enhance the feel that
the artist or producer intended. Finally, we put the songs in the right order, and adjust the
spacing. The last step is to encode the product with text and ISRC codes.
What Do I Turn In For Mastering?
When it is time for mastering you must turn
in your “Mix Master”. This is usually a 24 bit mix master or audio CD. You can not turn in a Protools file for Mastering. When you are mixing, make sure your engineer makes you 2 copies of the mix. One copy
should not be played. This should be turned in for mastering. You may turn in multiple CD’s for mastering. There
is no need to make a copy of all the masters on one CD. The mastering engineer will load all masters and put the
songs in the right order.
An ISRC (International Standard Recording
Code) is a 12 character code embedded into each track as your master is created. The code identifies the track
as belonging to you and facilitates logging radio play and royalty collection particularly for digital
downloads. To apply for ISRC registration codes visit: https://www.usisrc.org.
The Disc is an ISRC Code Manager which gives us the ability to assign ISRC Codes for you. If you
require per track ISRC codes, please request this service when placing your mastering order and clearly
indicate each code next to the respective track on your track listing sheet if you already have your