Preparing Your Music For Mastering & Mixing:

29 May 2013 Tags: , , , ,

How to prepare your music files for Mastering & Mixing

For the best results please follow these few steps before you submit your tracks

  • Ensure that the mix down is not clipping, and avoid using normalization, compressor, EQ, or limiter on the master bus (master fader).
  • Leave about 3 to 6 db of headroom in your mixes for mastering.
  • Wherever possible, make your mix quieter, not louder.
  • Listen to your mix in mono, and see if you can hear all the instruments at the mixdown.
  • Bounce at the same sample rate that you used for the recording session.
    For example, if your session is at 44.1 then bounce the track at 44.1.
  • Set the dithering to “None”.
  • If possible submit a stereo track 44.1 or 48.0 kHz – 24 bit WAV files.
  • Include the following information with your submission:
    Artist Name, Track Title(s)


  1. Richard Hawk says:

    I was always a bit sceptical about sending my tunes off for online mastering but your points are very valid! Will certainly be giving your mastering service a go… It’s sometimes taken me over a week to get my tunes mastered from the local place down the road..

    • Space16 says:

      Hi Richard,

      Yep there is nothing to worry about with Online Mastering, Please do send them over we would love to hear and work on them… We try and do a quick turnaround and promise to give you 100% quality,

      Looking forward to hearing from you,


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