October 2nd, 2012 at 11:48 am by admin

Below are 6 tips you can use to ensure a better mastering experience for both you and your mastering engineer.

Following these suggestions will make your mastering experience more fluid, and will prevent avoidable mishaps during the mastering process.

1. Make sure you listen to your master using an unbiased program with no equalization
Every now and then we will have someone ask us to make adjustments to the master version only to find out they are listening to the song using a program with custom EQ settings turned on. This is counterproductive for both artist and mastering engineer. We have noticed that programs like Windows Media Player and iTunes will color the sound. An example of a good program to use when listening to single tracks is Quicktime Player. Whenever possible, be sure your EQ settings are set to FLAT when listening to the finished master recording.

2. Include reference tracks along with your pre-master
It is a great idea to include a reference song along with your pre-master. Even links to Youtube videos are a good idea because it will give the mastering engineer a reference on how to EQ your song in reference to the low frequencies, mid frequencies, and high frequencies. We find that artists who provide links to reference songs in reference to their own song will be satisfied with the master version without the need to make any further adjustments.

3. If you would like silence at the beginning of your song please include it in the pre-master or let your engineer know
Most artists these days are digital artists, and prefer that there be no silence at the beginning of the song. But every now and then we get asked to go back and provide a few seconds of silence at the beginning and end of the song. This is also counterproductive for both artist and engineer. To have it right the first time it is a good idea to let your engineer know when you send your pre-master in.

4. Give a track-listing to your engineer when having multiple tracks mastered at one time
If you’re having multiple tracks mastered to be released on an EP or Album, it is a good idea to give your engineer a track-listing of your project. This will ensure a consistent, fluid flow between songs and will save you from having to go back and make changes. If you find a good engineer, they will automatically do their best to master your songs at the same level. However, having a track-listing helps tremendously.

5. Properly label your songs with artist name and track name
Surprisingly the majority of files we receive are either missing the artist name or track name. As an artist myself, I make sure my files are properly labeled with my artist name and song title so the other person can quickly reference the file after downloading, or if it gets shared my artist name will be there for the other person to see. This make is it difficult for us when adding the id3 tags into the MP3 file as there is no artist or track name. We use the following format for file names – “(Artist – Title (Original/Remix)”. That will help the engineer quickly sort out whats what when receiving files.

6. Make sure your fade in and fade out are proper to avoid having to send in a new mix down
This one is pretty important. We see many times where at the end of the song it finished with a delay, reverb, or echo, etc… and the audio gets chopped off before the effect finishes. To avoid having to send a new mixdown be sure to include the full length of the song until the audio stops completely.


By following these suggestions you will ensure a better experience for both you and your mastering engineer.



September 1st, 2012 at 10:35 pm by admin

Labor Day Mastering Promotions

We are having a Labor Day holiday promotion. Our prices are as follows from now through Labor Day:

  • $25 / Single Song Mastering
  • $45 / Two or More Songs (Every 2 songs)
  • Save 10% on Mixing & Mastering
  • Save 10% on Album Mastering
  • Save 15% on Producer Bundle (20 Tracks) – you do not need to have 20 tracks done at the same time.

We’ve been receiving questions about our Frequent Producer Bundle. This is a great opportunity to save some money if you run a label or distribution company, or if you’re a frequent producer who needs many tracks mastered. For more information on our Producer Bundle click here – http://bit.ly/NIZVbm

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Also, if you haven’t read our last newsletter on practical EQ usage, be sure to check that out! – Click Here..

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.


May 17th, 2012 at 10:44 pm by admin

We are proud to offer pro mixing to our list of services. Professional mixing is the best way to improve your sound. The vast majority of musicians today are producing their music from a home project studio, but don’t have the mixing experience or the tools to compete with professional engineers working in professional studios.

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March 6th, 2012 at 10:42 pm by admin

In support of preserving Dynamic Range we wanted to shed some light and spread awareness on the so called “Loudness War.” Is it real? The answer is very much yes, and the music industry is suffering because of it.

The Loudness War is a sonic “arms race” where every artist and label feel they need to crush their music onto CD at the highest possible level, for fear of Read the rest of this entry »

December 21st, 2011 at 10:39 pm by admin

We have recently been getting asked some questions that we find have been asked to us more than once, so we compiled a list of frequently asked questions we receive about audio mastering and thought we’d share in hopes of helping you with your sound and future mastering projects. Also, we have some changes coming to our website including a redesign of our Read the rest of this entry »

August 25th, 2011 at 10:37 pm by admin

The mastering process all begins with mixing, as there are several steps you can take when mixing your track to make for easier, cleaner, better mastering. You should do these whether you plan to master material yourself, or hand your project to a mastering engineer.

It’s a good idea to use Read the rest of this entry »

August 21st, 2011 at 10:27 pm by admin

Some issues that came up in recent mastering projects were loudness and the maximization process. I wasn’t able to get a track sounding as best as I could because looking at the waveform it was playing at a constant -0db. This tells me that the track has already been limited and/or compressed before I had received it.

I just wanted to send a reminder out that light compression is Read the rest of this entry »

June 1st, 2011 at 10:36 pm by admin

Hello again. I wanted to mention a couple things to my clients. First, I have added a clients page to our website @ www.darkroommastering.com/clients and would like to thank anybody who sent me their link to put on my page. I have added a few others that are worth noting, including some unsigned artists. So check it out if you have a chance. Make sure Read the rest of this entry »

February 8th, 2011 at 10:41 pm by admin

We are pleased to announce the new site design for our company. The old layout was really old school and it’s a wonder how we have been able to do any business with that old thing, but now we have a fresh new look that more or less reflects our companies desire for clean, quality sound, professional services and dark motto style. The new site layout will Read the rest of this entry »

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