Mastering is often referred to as a combination of art and science, and it can be hard to know who to trust with this crucial final stage of the production process. Whilst many remote services are available, our clients place trust in our team of industry professionals who are incorporated in our online audio mastering service.

A fresh perspective at the end of the mixing process can be invaluable. Although fantastic mixes can be accomplished in home studios and smaller facilities, a dedicated mastering studio with the benefit of acoustic design and specialist mastering equipment can substantially improve your tracks. Mastering is able to help realise the full potential of your content and allow the mixes to translate well onto any system. In particular the quality of mastering will also dictate how well each track sits alongside the rest of an album, on a playlist or broadcast.

From a technical standpoint, our mastering engineers each have their own selection of processes and the highest grade of equipment. We use hybrid mastering techniques incorporating both digital and analogue equipment, from the latest plug-ins to vintage valve gear.

However, we don’t try to sell mastering based on these tools – anyone can purchase the equipment, but behind our online mastering service are several world class engineers, each with over 20 years of experience in multiple genres. And behind them, the core TakeAwayStudio.com team, to listen and assign the appropriate engineer to master your project.

Basic Mastering

£ 30

Per Track

  • Frequency and loudness tuning
  • Digital Software Plug-ins
  • Dithering
  • Fade in-out
  • .WAV and .MP3 Encoded files
  • Analogue Equipment
  • DDP - Image for CD replication
  • CD-Text
  • Fine adjustments

Standard Mastering

£ 65

Per Track

  • Frequency and loudness tuning
  • Digital and Analogue Equipment
  • Dithering
  • Checking for errors
  • Fade in-out
  • Professional encoding (.WAV, .MP3, .AAC)
  • DDP - Image for CD replication
  • CD-Text
  • Fine adjustments

PRO Mastering

£ 100

Per Track

  • Precise frequency and loudness tuning
  • Hi-End Digital and Analogue Equipment
  • Dithering
  • Checking for errors
  • Fade In-Out
  • Fine dynamics adjustments
  • Fine frequency adjustments
  • CD-Text
  • Professional encoding (.WAV, .MP3, .AAC)
  • DDP - Image for CD replication

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Multiple Track Mastering Discounts:

3 Tracks: - 15%

3-7 Tracks: - 25%

Over 7 Tracks: - 35%

Do I need Mastering?

The answer is YES! Mastering is the final stage of the production process and is used by professionals and amateurs alike worldwide. Whether or not you choose to make use of our audio mixing services, or are mixing your own material, it will benefit from being professionally mastered by one of our dedicated specialist engineers. Through mastering in line with modern industry standards, your mastered tracks will be loud enough to sit comfortably alongside other commercial releases in the same genre.
We are very conscious of current trends and the changing expectations of the music industry for tone and dynamics in different styles. Some tracks will need very subtle processing, others call for a more radical approach and the expertise to make every decision is why our mastering engineers are so valuable to us.
We are able to offer specific mastering services for all available media including vinyl, DDP files for digital or physical distribution and a mastered for iTunes service.

How shall I send my mix?

When doing the final mix of your track ready for mastering, please bypass all master bus processing and then ensure the stereo bus has adequate headroom and doesn't distort.

The file format should be wav or aiff – please don't change the sample rate or bit depth when exporting. If your project was recorded at 96kHz/24bit, this is what you should send to us – if your audio was recorded at 44.1kHz/16bit, upscaling will not improve the quality of the files.

What format will the final master be in?

The choice is yours! However, depending on the media format you are going to use, we may suggest the optimum output format. Typically we create a set of professional file formats, which you may use almost anywhere (CD, iTunes, streaming services, broadcast etc). We can also create a Master Image for replication and/or digital distribution (DDP).

What to do If I still have questions?

Contact us!