Mastering is the very last step in the creative process of audio production. It happens after the final mix(es) has been approved and before the actual duplication and/or distribution of the final product. Normally, audio mastering consists of tonally balancing, sequencing and transferring your source audio to the final distribution medium (CD, mp3, etc).
At Fuzzywallz Mastering, everything begins with a mix review and consultation, to determine your needs and to answer any questions you may have. The actual mastering sessions start with Jon Weil listening to the source audio (your music) in an acoustically-neutral environment and then processing it to sound as good as possible, using specialized analog and digital mastering tools.
Songs are placed in the correct order, volume-matched and balanced, so that it sounds “like an album” and then master copies are created.
These masters have all the correct metadata that both the duplication company and digital distribution sites will need. We can also do transfers and mastering from vinyl and analog cassette tape. In this age of mp3s, super-loud mastering and the resurgence of vinyl; we are well aware of the modern-day mastering “do’s”, “dont’s” (and everywhere in between). Our number-one goal is making sure that the audio is as spectacular as it can be and that every client is 100% satisfied. It is for that reason we have also decided to keep our rates as low as possible, so that we can make magic happen for just about any budget.
HOW IS IT DONE?
We try to make the mastering process as easy as possible.
Some mastering studios claim to have a particular sound or musical specialty, but our sound and style changes with your needs and sonic goals. Some projects require a large amount of processing (both analog and digital) in order to accomplish these goals, yet others simply require a second set of ears and minimal sonic sculpting. Our room(s), gear and skills are constantly being upgraded and expanded, but if you’re curious what’d used to process and inspect your audio, here is the Gear List.
Typical things that can happen during the mastering process:
-critical evaluation of your material on high resolution equipment
-changing or enhancing the frequency spectrum (EQ)
-changing or enhancing the macro and micro-dynamics (Compression, Expansion, etc.)
-matching the “sound” of songs across an album, including overall volumes
-noise reduction; cleanup of unwanted clicks, pops and buzzes
-adjusting the track spacing, titles and metadata (CD Text, etc.)
-converting between analog and digital, multiple file formats (.wav, .mp3, .m4a)
-clear and consistent communication with the clients at all steps
“WOWWWW!! You must’ve read my mind. Just played in the car, computer, and wireless Bose speaker…every one exceeds my expectations. I love how BIG the instrumentals sound! More overall bass/boom, more guitar (especially that kick-ass bridge guitar jumps out now) and crazy depth throughout. It went from flat to 3-D audio – an image of mountains and valleys went through my head while listening – seriously. The vocals are tucked in nicely now too, and I compared to many commercial hard rock hits for volume, nailed it. I love it Jon. A rewarding feeling after months of hard work. Thank you for making it happen!….and to your techniques – much more of a roller coaster with that extra punch. Was listening to it in the car this morning and it seriously hits hard throughout the song. It didn’t feel that way before so you knocked it out of the park. Sweet!”