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How to prepare your songs for mastering

There are many singers at the beginning of their careers who produce their first albums at home, in an effort to save some money. However, the quality they obtain is never similar with the one they find in the commercial environment, which is why they are advised to hire the services of a professional mastering engineer who can help them obtain that quality they were missing. These days, online audio mastering services are very popular, but even those people need to know how to get their songs ready in order to obtain the best possible results.

How to prepare your songs for mastering

The first thing artists should be careful with is the format of their songs. While most mastering companies accept formats such as MP3s, for a higher quality it is always better to submit your songs in formats such as AIFF or WAV. In addition, you should be sure that your song pretty much sounds the way you want it to sound in the end or if you do not have mixing skills, you might want to look for a company that provides mixing and mastering together. Another problem many singers have is over-compressing. In their effort to make their song sound as loud as possible, many of them get carried away and end up with a song that is a bit too loud. Unfortunately, not even professional online audio mastering services can undo the compression side effects, so you might want to leave the tasks of adjusting the final volume to an optimum level for the mastering professionals.


Many artists record their songs in noisy environments without realizing that this could seriously damage the final quality of their songs. Even though most of the noise can be eliminated during mastering, the less noise your songs have to begin with, the better they will sound in the end. The volume level clipping is also something that people should be careful with because it might affect the quality of the final song. When you are mixing your song, you should make sure that the master level volume never peaks over -6db. Even if your song might sound a bit quiet at first, the mastering experts will be able to adjust it and make it sound right. You should also check out any guidelines the mastering provider of your choice has, because some requirements might differ from one mastering company to another.


These are just some of the things that any artist should be careful with before sending their songs for online audio mastering. Even if you have a lower production budget, you should be able to obtain a decent quality song before sending it for mastering at a professional. It takes a lot of skills to be a good mastering engineer, which is why those who are at the beginning of the road should hire someone experienced rather than take matters into their own hands. They will see that it was worth being careful when they receive their final songs and they sound just as good as any other commercial song on the market.