Mixing and Mastering
Whilst we don't compete with the large budget top end studios, all our projects (even demos) are mixed and mastered to ensure they have a sound that is "radio ready" and comparable to most major recordings and broadcasts.
We use the latest Pro Audio digital hardware devices and professional software, designed for discerning project studios. This enables us to produce mixes using fully automated mixers, virtual instruments and FX plugins that can be programmed to utilise even minor adjustments in real time, so that every aspect of your project can potentially compete with projects costing many times more. A mere 20 years ago, only the top multi-million pound studios could afford anything approaching this level of automation.
After mixing our paid projects, we send our clients an MP3 of the mix for 1st approval. The client can then suggest any alterations, and if necessary, the project will be re-mixed to their suggestions. A second and final mix will be sent, and their choice of the two will then be mastered.
If the budget is sufficient, we can send the mix to a specialised Mastering facility who will have acoustically designed rooms and high-end monitoring equipment specific to mastering. A specialised mastering engineer is someone with experience in listening for any minor defects in the frequency range and clarity of a mix. They can fix any minor imperfections and bring out the full clarity and punch of a performance. They can widen the stereo field and increase the overall perceived "volume" of the track in order for it to compete on an even keel with releases from the major record companies. They are particularly useful to make the various tracks on an album seem consistent in sound level and quality, even if the tracks have been recorded over a number of years or at different studios.
Here at Wobbly Music we don't have a specific Mastering facility, but we will "Master" your project in a similar fashion. We don't guarantee to bring out the performance of the recording as well as a professional mastering studio and experienced mastering engineer would, but we guarantee to "master" every project, irrespective of budget. This is because, even within our limited facility, a mastered track can make all the difference when it comes to being noticed among other songs on the radio. To hear for yourself what a large difference our mastering process makes to our mixes, listen to this sample [Listen Lo-fi] [Listen hi-fi] The sample contains parts of two songs we have produced. Each song starts with the mastered version, then switches to the unmastered mix, and then back to the mastered version.
We master our projects on specific mastering software that not only covers all the enhancements mentioned above, but also contains a "tube emulation" feature. This aspect of the software imitates the effect of using traditional expensive valve mastering equipment on the sound. All digital audio production creates a "stark" & "sanitary" sound. Many people prefer the "warmth" and harmonic distortion caused by the valves and old components in traditional analogue equipment and tape machines. Our mastering software emulates this effect and takes the "digital edge" off of the sound without adding the hiss!
Although we predominently mix and master our own projects, we are occasionally asked to Re-mix and/or Master projects that have been produced and recorded elsewhere.
For re-mixing, we can accept projects in Logic Audio (LSO format) or as individual WAV or AIFF files. You can burn your multitrack project to CD, or upload it to our FTP site. If enclosing just the audio files, please also include information as to bitrate, samplerate and tempo of the project. If the audio files don't have the same length and start point, please include all start points in Bar:Beat:Tick increments from a song start of 1:1:1:1.
16 or 24 bit files from 44.1kHz to 96kHz are acceptable.
For Mastering we can accept stereo WAV files in 16 or 24 bit format.