Online streaming - love it or hate it - is how the majority of music gets heard today.
All masters are made with streaming in mind so they'll sound the best they can whether on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, or anywhere else.
If you're releasing on CD, a DDP master is the best way to make sure the CDs being printed are exactly the same as the masters you approved.
DDP masters are Included with any full length album, but if you want one for your EP, or even a single, it's free of charge - just ask!
Want your fans to feel the joy of placing the needle in the groove of your record?
High-resolution files optimized for cutting to vinyl are available for a small additional fee.
Dan at Schematic Sound is a pleasure and a true professional to work with. He delivered excellent sounding masters back to me. Throughout the whole process he was communicative and professional, and worked with me to address my needs, as well as work through some of my flaws to get the best sounding product in the end. Cannot recommend enough.
Amazing guy and very easy to work with. He checks your track first before mastering to make sure it is at the best it can be for a proper master which most people don’t do! Will definitely have him master more of my songs one of the best in Ontario!
It's not everyday that you come across people that are honest, fast, and precise. Especially in the music industry. Dan told me what he could and would do to enhance my mix - and he did exactly that when he mastered my new single. He kept it's dynamics, polished it up, made the song better, and got it back to me right on time. All the while keeping open communication. Will definitely be returning again for my next release.
Dan is amazing - reliable, fast and a super nice guy. I use him for multiple projects each year. So thankful for him!
Dan is fantastic at what he does... he brings all the best elements of your songs to a better light exceeding all expectations I had!
If you've spent months working on your mixes just to get them perfect, you deserve to have Dan at Schematic Sound do your mastering. He offered me a sneak-peek and I was floored. My mixes sound better than ever now, with no compromises whatsoever. Everything sounds clear and punchy, and better than I could have imagined. In addition, Dan is a great person to work with. I also love the advanced web technology he uses to make the whole back and forth process go extra smoothly!
I was looking to get a single track mastered and I definitely chose the right place. Quick turn around, professional, answered all my questions I had about the process.. and most importantly, sounded fantastic.
Dan made our band sound so very good, I'd highly recommend him not only for his technical skill, but his ability to problem solve sound issues, and get the final versions correct and on schedule, was extremely helpful in making this album, and our first vinyl experience, a success!
The masters sound incredible, very knowledgable and experienced engineer. He was flexible and accommodating even when I wasn’t. Can’t recommend him enough, my go to for all releases!
Dan is a real talent to work with, he has a clear vision of bringing any song of any genre into a completely new light, is very prompt with deadlines and seriously exceeded my expectations for what I wanted. Strongly recommend him for any project.
An uncompressed stereo format such as .wav or .aiff.
As long as the output is not being clipped or limited, you’re good to go. A good rule of thumb to achieve that is aim for peaks no higher than -3dBFS.
Use whichever sample-rate and bit-depth settings you’ve used through out your project. For example, if you recorded and mixed at 44.1 kHz/16-bit then send that. Similarly if you mixed at 96 kHz/24-bit then that’s what you should send.
If any plugins have been used on the master, particularly heavy compression or limiting, it's usually best to remove these first. If in doubt, send a version with and a version without.
File formats and recommendations are the same as above, but with subgroups instead of the full mix.
It's important that each stem is exactly the same length so that they line up properly.
For singles and EPs typical turnaround is 1-2 days.
For albums, 2-4 days.
In the event that a master is anticipated to take longer than usual you will be informed ahead of time.
Absolutely. I’m only human, and I'll be the first to admit I don’t always get it right on the first try (but usually do!)
If you’re not 100% happy with your master and would like a small change, or even for it to be taken in an entirely different direction, I am happy to make the changes at no extra cost.
The only exception is if a different mix is required for those revisions. If a new mix is submitted, then a remaster fee of $40 CAD applies.
Files are sent to you using Filepass. You'll be able to listen to your masters in full quality before having to pay anything.
If you're happy with how they sound, all you need to do is pay the balance right there in Filepass where you've been listening, and you'll automatically unlock downloading your masters.
I'm all ears!