by Lars Tirsbæk   •   24. aug – 2018

How to Prepare your Music for Mastering?

When you are preparing your music for mastering, there are a lot of things you need to take care of, before sending you music.

This is a short guide, that will help you delivering the right files and information to your mastering engineer.

This are the subjekts that will be covered:

  • File format

  • Headroom

  • Versions & Stems

  • Important information & target specific formats

File format

Which file format should I send2018-08-24T11:56:42+00:00

The short answer:

The long answer:
WAW, AIFF ore other PCM files.

I don’t recommend using lossy formats like MP3 & AAC, because of the bad sound quality.

Lossless formats like FLAC would work, but are not recommended, because I would need to make some extra conversion (to PCM).

Which sample rate should I send?2018-08-24T11:59:44+00:00

The short answer:
Use the projekt sample rate – no up og down sampling!

The long answer:

And the stereo format?2018-08-24T12:10:20+00:00

Interleaved = 1 file for a stereo track

Don’t use split stereo. Split makes two files for one stereo track- one for the left channel and one for the right channel. We don’t need that.

Should I use dither on my mixdown2018-08-24T12:10:25+00:00

I will try to make this short.

90 % of the time, you don’t have to use dither for at mixdown. Only use dither if you are changing the bit depth(and why would you do that?). If you for some reason have to use dither, then use a flat dither.

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