FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find some of the FAQ’s we get. If your answer is not there, feel free to contact me.

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  • Mixed down stereo Wav or AIF files in 24bit or higher. No mp3 or other lossy format.
  • Make filenames as short as possible without becoming confusing. 01 Yellow sugar v2.3.wav
  • Your mixes should have a decent level without exceeding 0 dBfs (digital clipping)
  • Don’t use limiters on your master-bus. If you use it to make things louder, remove it!
  • Make sure your starts and ends are OK, so no missing attack or reverbtail
  • Quality check: after bouncing, always listen to the complete track from beginning till end!

I made a dedicated page with way more info on how to prepare your music for mastering, check it out here.

Please read this information carefully and please always double check your mixes by actual listening to it before sending it out.

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I get quite a lot of questions about ISRC codes and UPC/EAN codes. To make things more clear I made a PDF with info on how to get codes and how to use them. You can find the PDF right here.

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With stem mastering individual audio tracks (stems) are grouped together for independent control and sound processing. Sometimes stem mastering can be a lifesaver, for instance, when you have problems mixing in vocals or drums. On the other hand, if your mix is good or just need a few small tweaks in the mix itself, it’s not necessary to work withs stems, it will just get more expensive. I will let you know then with feedback on what to change in the mix. The maximum amount of stems I will work with is 4.

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In some kind of way I get this question quite often. You can check the mastering rates on the .. well.. rates page 🙂

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This depends on a few things. First off all, an album with 15 tracks for cd, vinyl and download will obviously take way longer then just a single track. Second of all, it depends on how busy my schedule is. But useually, a single or EP with a few tracks can be done within 48 hours.

It’s also possible to have same day delivery mastering at a small extra fee. Please contact me first if same day delivery mastering can be done!

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Sure! Go ahead and listen to the music in this Spotify playlist. This is a small selection of music that I mastered, but it will give you a good idea. I don’t believe in before/after examples myself because the master will probably be louder then the rough mix and so it will not give you the real picture.

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Even though more and more people realize that squashing music is not the way to go, I still have to explain to some people about the consequences of overly loud masters. That is why I decided to make a dedicated page about loudness in music.

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It could always happen that the master does not sound as you expected. This could be a different vision on the music or you just want it to sound differently. Don’t worry, I will fix that! For me it’s important that you love the master, so please let me know and I will take care of it free of charge (fair use policy). Please provide me with as much info as possible.

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It could happen that in some kind of way you missed out on something in the mix and of course you now hear that back in the master. You are responsible for the mix you deliver and you should always double check your mixes by actual listening to it before sending it out. Because of the analog mastering, it’s not just a matter of open the new file, click bounce and done. Everything has to be set up again (hardware doesn’t have a save button) and needs to be re-recorded, saved, quality checked etcetera.And that is when the same settings can be used again, a new mix will probably also need some adjustments. All in all, pretty time consuming.

Depending on the situation I will charge extra for that. Please contact me and we will discuss the solution.

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As a vinyl freak (I collect vinyl and turntables) I know my way around vinyl pretty good! Even though I don’t cut vinyl masters/lacquers myself, I know quite a lot about vinyl and so I know exactly how to make masters that will translate good on vinyl. I also know the right directions for pointing you to the right cutting-engineer and pressing-plant.

There is a maximum of audio which can be cut to vinyl and even though they are just rough numbers, they will give you some guidelines to keep in mind.

12 inch @ 33RPM: Optimal 16 to 20 minutes, max 25 minutes
12 inch @ 45RPM: Optimal 6 to 12 minutes, max 15 minutes

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Da Goose Mastering is a  certified Apple Mastered For iTunes provider so please ask me if you need MFiT compliant masters. MFiT masters are free of charge when provided stand-alone, I charge a small extra fee when provided next to regular masters. Read more about MFiT here.

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Of course it is possible to attend the mastering session. Sometimes it’s better to come to our studio and sit next to the mastering engineer, to be ‘part of the process’ and talk about the sound and options.

I will charge by the hour starting with 1 hour and then charge per half hour. Please contact me so athat we can discuss the options.

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