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MP3s or WAVs? What Audio File Types Are Best For The Mastering Process?

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Published on Jul 7, 2010

Important 'Do's and Don'ts' to follow before getting your music mastered at http://www.TCMmastering.com

1. The quality of your mixes is very important, so remember that if your mixes are unbalanced and bad quality, there is very little that mastering can do to improve it.

2. We recommend you use any of the following high quality audio file formats when making your music: WAV, AIFF, SDII at 16 or 24 bit sample rates, or higher (Each of these formats are accepted by TCM Mastering). Although we can accept MP3 files (with a minimum bit rate of 192Kbps) we would strongly recommend that you do not work in this format as they are of a compressed, substandard quality and not ideal for high end mastering.

3. Your final mixes should not have any additional processing such as: Normalising, Equalisation, Compression, Limiting or Finalizing. All of these elements will be added during the mastering process.

4. We recommend that if you intend to compress your audio files prior to uploading, that you use the Windows RAR/Winzip format which can compress your files without loss of quality.

The most important person to us is you and we need to know exactly what your expectations are of the music you are sending to us. Music is subjective and therefore the more guidance we have from you at the beginning, the better the end result. So when you place an order at http://www.TCMmastering.com we ask you to take the time to complete the 'Special Instructions' box of our online order form.

[Note: For more information about the professional music services offered by Ted Carfrae visit: http://www.tcmmusicservices.com. TCM offers the following professional services: Record Production, Mixing Services, Audio Mastering & Audio Restoration.]

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