On average, an album may take anywhere from one to two days to master. Generally one day for a standard album, or two days if it’s a particularly long album, containing radio & vinyl versions, complex edits or restoration issues. All projects are discussed thoroughly with a mastering engineer prior to the session. Artists are welcome to attend sessions, however as this is not always possible, mastering notes on EQ, sequencing and editing are always welcome.
At the completion of a mastering session, artists are provided with a CD copy of the mastered audio. This reference can be taken away and listened to in familiar surroundings and equipment. It is essential that the reference CD is carefully appraised as this is the opportunity to address any problems. If any changes are required, a revision session will be arranged quickly so as production schedules can be adhered to. If it is an un-attended session, Crystal Mastering will email the client the mastered wav files for approval.
It is essential to advise the mastering engineer if the recording is destined for vinyl production before session commencement, as this requires different treatment to a digital production master.
Most mastering sessions are booked several weeks in advance, so last minute requests are occasionally impossible to accommodate. However, Crystal Mastering will always endeavor to rearrange our schedules to accommodate your needs. If you know that you would like us to master your project, we advise you call Crystal Mastering when you commence your mix down session.
Please call our staff for studio rates, as we need to discuss your project’s particulars before establishing a session cost.
Ensure that someone has a thorough, uninterrupted listen to all mixes prior to mastering. This certifies that all correct versions are present without glitches, errors or drop-outs. To ensure your mastering session runs smoothly, be sure to provide your mastering engineer with accurate and detailed track listings on all materials provided. Wherever possible, bring all back up copies and duplicates of mixes as this will alleviate any dilemmas should errors or playback problems arise.
1). Clients should be aware that no Master or Reference Disc will be issued unless sessions are paid for in full, or, unless prior credit arrangement has been made.
2). A cancellation fee will be charged unless a notification period of 4 working days is given to Crystal Mastering. Cancellation fees will be 50% of original booking time.