What is mastering and why is it important?
Audio mastering is a vital part of the music production process and there are many different aspects to the process, including:
Quality check - getting your music mastered by a professional can enhance your music by making you aware of anything that could be improved upon, ensuring that there is no unwanted clipping, and checking for errors.
Audio processing - enhancing stereo mix files for optimum translation between listening applications using a variety of techniques, including EQ, mid-side processing and limiting, on both digital and analogue equipment.
Audio restoration - removing any unwanted noise from recordings, by using a combination of EQ filtering and phase cancellation.
Providing mix feedback where necessary - critical listening to evaluate the effectiveness of recorded audio and liaising with the mix engineer / producer for any changes to the mix that may be needed in order to get a better sounding end product.
Taking loudness into consideration - being sensitive to different styles without compromising quality for loudness.
Delivering high quality masters in required formats.
Easy! Have a look through our website, check out our engineers and their work, and fill out the contact form to request a booking with your preferred engineer. Carla, our lovely bookings manager, will find a date that suits you before booking it in with your chosen engineer. Send over your songs the day before your mastering session by WeTransfer or Dropbox.
Can I hear some examples of your engineer’s mastering work?
Of course! Head over to our Engineers page, where you can take a look at our discography.
How long will it take for our tracks to be mastered?
That depends! The more songs you have, the longer it will take our engineers. We aim to send back a first draft master for you to listen to the morning after your booked mastering date. Revisions can be done once feedback has been provided.
Do I need to book in advance?
Yes, our engineers can get booked up anywhere from 1 - 6 weeks in advance. Occasionally we can fit in short notice work, but do check our availability first before sending over your music!
I booked in for mastering, but my mixes aren’t ready. Help!
That’s absolutely fine - just let us know as soon as possible so we can rearrange your booking. You may be charged if you cancel/postpone within 48hrs of your booking.
All the Weird Jungle engineers have different studios that suit their approach to mastering. The gear that they will use on your music entirely depends on the music. Part of our jobs as Mastering Engineers is to make informed decisions about what equipment to use in order to get the best possible results.
Do I need to provide any information when I send you my music to be mastered?
In order to get the quickest turnaround time for you, it is useful if the following information is provided when you send your mixes:
Band / Artist name
Album / EP title
Can I be present whilst you work on my music?
This really depends on the engineer and what they’re comfortable with.
Once you’ve sent me my final masters, what do I do with them?
Make sure you backup your masters in at least two different places! Weird Jungle does not run an archiving service, and it is your responsibility to safely store your masters.
I’m an engineer too, can I join the Jungle?
Maybe. We’re always open to working with other engineers who have the right attitude - drop us a message through the contact form and let’s have a chat.