How to export your tracks for Mastering?

In order to ensure the best results we highly recommend following the requirements listed below.

Export Process recommandations

1 - Your Mixdown shouldn't be too loud or clipping

Export your mix with some headroom (-6/-8dB Peaks is appropriate), lower is better. 

We have the required tools to properly raise up your track where it needs to be, in a transparent way, no matter how much is needed.

2 - Export Settings
  • Your native project sample rate (usually 44.1kHz or 48 kHz),
  • Project bit depth (usually 24-Bit / 32-Bit float or 16bit),
  • If your project is in 24-Bit / 32-Bit float, export in 32-Bit float.
  • Normalization & Dither both DISABLED
  • .wav or .aif (uncompressed format)
3 - Make sure that you are truly satisfied with both the creative & technical sides of your mixdown

Mastering isn’t a place to fix major issues, you can ask your technician for feedback on your track before he processes it which may allow you to make last-minute changes if you feel so.
What is mastering ?

4 - Should you keep or remove Mixbus/Master effects ?

Keep : 
Anything that serves the sound design / overall color of the track,

Remove :
Eventual limiters / compressors added for monitoring or pre-mastering purpose,
Anything that doesn’t make clearly a difference in the good way when enabled.

If you are hesitant about something, send us the version with the effect as reference for what you wanted to do/add !

5 - Metadata form

You’ll receive a form to provide the metadata to be encoded into your master files.

It is pretty straightforward to fill and takes usually only a few seconds / minutes.

6 - Sending your track(s)

We’ll provide you with a link to access a dedicated space for your order where you’ll be able to upload / download the needed files.

If needed (prior to order) You can use WeTransfer (up to 2Go) or (up to 15gb with free account, encrypted transfer) for file transfers.

 With both of those platforms you will be able to send a download link in your order’s related email/ticket.

Additional notes

Gain & Dynamics

 – Please do not over-compress / limit your mix,
– Leave your master fader at 0dBfs,
– Your mixdown is too loud ?
For small adjustments (0.5 to 3dB) you can lower your buss (= Groups) outputs; while if you are far too loud you may have interest into reworking your volume balance / gain staging
(be careful since it might change the input volumes in your effects, implying to reset some of them).

Stem Mastering ?

For Stems Mastering, export your groups (Kick, Drums, Bass, Melo, Voxs, Sfxs, FXs returns) with the same settings. (Up to 8 stems max.)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.