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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between mixing and mastering? +
Mixing is putting everything you have recorded together to complete your song(s). This includes adding EQ and compression, volume adjustments, adding effects, editing flaws, pitch correction and so on. Think of mixing as putting the puzzle together, putting together the parts of what you have recorded, making sure everything hangs together right while also adding the finishing touches on things. When mixing is completed, you should be pleased with the way the song sounds and feel confident that you don't need to add anything else musically.
Mastering is adding sparkle and shine to your music. In a very basic sense, when you master your album, you're making sure that song one doesn't blow out the speakers while song two is barely audible - in other words, you want the levels of the songs to be similar and you want a general sense of cohesiveness to your recording, It also add the finishing touches to the song to bring it to its highest poetntial, making as loud as possible without distorting and making the song sound big and strong while sounding wider and clearer to emerge you in its sound. No song should be without mastering!

 

PLEASE NOTE: Mastering is recommended only for songs that have been properly mixed. Mastering does not alter or change any problems in your mix. Before having your song mastered, you should be 100% satisfied with your mix. For Mixing and Mastering packages, visit the Services page.
What type of music do you mix & master? +
We work on all types of music! Yes thats correct, we work with EVERY Genre and its sub-genres and in Any Language! We have been Professionally Mixing and Mastering every genre of music and language in over 100+ Countries worldwide! Everything from Rock to Hip-Hop, Electronic Dance Music to Country, R&B to Classical, Reggae to Bollywood and much more! we even do orchestral for films and video games! There is literally NOTHING we can NOT Mix & Master!
How does the service work? +
After you choose the package you want and purchase, you will be asked to upload either your track or the stems or project file (depending on the package). You will be able to enter a few details, including if you have a reference track that you want your track to sound like, and where you will be uploading your track to - this allows us to make sure you get the best possible sound and that you're happy with the final result. Once your track is delivered, you can request up to 5 free revisions. Any revisions after that will cost $10.
How should I prepare my material? +
For Mastering Only, just send us a stereo audio file at the best quality available. Please NO LIMITING on the mix bus! Don't hit 0dB too hard – leave 3 to 6 dBs of headroom for us to do our thing. For Mixing And Mastering please export multiple tracks from your DAW. We prefer it if you turn EQ, compression, delays and reverbs off. You can leave other effects that have a musical value (e.g. flanger, chorus etc.). Please make sure that the individual tracks and folder are correctly named, and include your original demo mix, along with other reference tracks and your mix notes. Ideally you would name the folder ‘ArtistName_SongName_BPM’, then zip it.
Why should I have my audio mastered? +
Mastering is the final step in bringing your recording to its optimum potential. It gives your music the professional commercial quality necessary to compete nationally and globally. No matter if your audio is planned for radio, CD/cassette duplication, CDRom/DVD authoring or publishing to the world wide web, it must be mastered to take full advantage of the media in which it is to be released.
PLEASE NOTE: Mastering is reccomended only for songs that have been properly mixed. Mastering does not alter or change any problems in your mix. Before having your song mastered, you should be 100% satisfied with your mix. For Mixing and Mastering packages, visit the Services page.
Why can't I master my own songs? +
After working on countless songs and albums, mastering engineers develop an acute sense of sonic and musical knowledge that is key to successful mastering. It’s also a huge plus that the mastering engineer wasn‘t there when you recorded and mixed your material. Hearing your songs for the first time, a fresh pair of ears can offer truly objective advice.
"Professional tools are getting more affordable and more people are learning how to use them, so in that sense, the process is definitely being democratized. However, experience and good ears are not easily purchased, so not everyone will get a great result, even with the right tools."
How do I know it will sound better? +
Our engineers have over 12+ years experience making your material sound better, its what we do! You always have input into how your project sounds, and we make any necessary changes until you are completely satisfied. We will do everything we can using our professional expertise to make your audio project sound more than incredible.
Digital or Analog? +
At Radio Ready Sound, we are proud to say we use both digital software and analog hardware to get you the absolute best industry quality possible. For software we use the industries absolute best software and plugins, and we use only the best analog hardware to make sure you get a clean, professional Radio Ready sound.
Do you master for iTunes, Spotify, Pandora or SoundCloud? +
Yes, let us know where you plan on uploading your track (iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud, etc) and we will master your songs to ensure the best possible quality.
What is the process? +
To be able to provide you with great affordable rates and fast turnarounds, all of our services are mostly digital. We will use analog gear if we feel your track can benefit from it. Using the industry's absolute best software and plugins, we are able to provide an excellent digital OR analog sound to your mixes and masters. We work in a private studio with top quality computing systems, software, hardware and monitors & we have over 10+ years experience with mixing and mastering every genre of music. Once we receive your material and payment, we begin to prepare and work on your project right away. Mixes are usually mixed completely then we rest my ears for a day and come back for anything we’ve missed. Before the mix is finalized, we will send you the mix in mp3 format for your review - if any changes need be made, we will make them and send the mix back, this process repeats until you confirm the mix is complete. Once the mix is complete, it is then prepared and sent to mastering.
Before the mastering process is started we let our ears rest for 12-24 hours so we have fresh ears in the mastering stage. During the final stage of the mastering, the audio is tested on over 3 pairs of high end monitors and numerous sound systems such as an iPod (mp3 player), car stereo, laptop speakers and a professional stereo system, to make sure you are getting the best possible sound on every playback device!
Once complete your files will be delivered to you in a personal private dropbox folder shared between us, you can choose to delete the files and folder or keep it to transfer material in the future if needed.
What will I receive? +
If you are ordering a MIXING package, you will receive a final mix of your track in high-quality WAV format, as well as an instrumental version and an acapella version with vocals only. If you are ordering a MASTERING package, you will receive a final mastering version of your track. If you order the MIX & MASTER package, you will receive a final mixed and mastered version of your track, as well as the instrumental version and acapella version - all in high quality WAV format. We can also include a MP3 version of your tracks, for free, by request.

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