Why the mixdown of every
music recording should be properly mastered?
CD recordings should always be
properly mastered, that is finished and polished, because
after this surgery they sound much better. Even when mixdown is very
good, mastering can almost always improve the sound quality of each
recording. Improvement in sound quality can be very big for the
weaker or less pronounced mixes in the case of mixes well
made. However, if the mix simply does not contain needed
information there can be some problem in obtaining great
sound out of it. In such case we recommend to come back to
mixing or recording stage. The mastering always adds the splendor, power
and transparency to your recording, and we will do anything to make sure it
sounds better than others, unmastered recordings. Effort
and expenses involved while recording in the studio,
deserve high-class mastering, accentuating everything that
has been worked out and developed during hours, days and months
recording in the studio and it makes a last phase of work
on the production of your music, providing an ideal balance of
quality, transparency, volume and stereo panorama for your music.
What kind of sonic
improvement gives the mastering ?
In today's world music industry
is very demanding when it comes to the quality of sound
recordings. It is also very competitive.. well, it has
always been:-). Obtaining the highest possible quality requires
high-class equipment and the latest technology, and above
all it requires a very considerable level of experience and
ability to take responsible decisions with regard to the
treatment which the recorded music requires. These decisions must
be taken individually depending on the recording and there
is no common rule for any recording, nor ever had been. Mastering is therefore
something on the borderline of science and art. Improving
the sound, making a big difference between "before" and "after" mastering can be
compared to the difference between an unpolished and
polished diamond. It can be huge, depending of the source
material. If the source s good mastering will bring out
all of it's qualities to shining level. If the source
material is not so good mastering will improve it very
significantly bringing it to another level of quality.
However, the rule is that to obtain an ideal master the
perfect mix is needed.
Can the mastering do any
harm to my recording?
No. Unless a person performing
mastering is a freak:-). Properly performed
mastering never destroy the recording. On the contrary, it makes
it sounding much better in every respect. Mastering must
be made by a competent person, because this is a different area of
knowledge on the production of music than, for example,
mixing. It requires great level of listening skills,
knowledge of the current trends and market, a sensitive soul
and technical proficiency equal to a rocket scientist (well,
Should the mastering be
performed at the same studio right after recording the
tracks and making mixdown of them?
No. Mastering should always
be performed by a specialist dealing with this area of music
production all the time. That gives the advantage of
objectivity. do not waste time trying to do it yourself- you
will loose you energy needed for working as an artist, a
performing musician, composer or arranger. the mastering
specialist has experience and objectivity
when it comes to mastering, and his objective look at mixdown
is very important. If for example, the same person does tracking, and then mixing,
there always will be
some kind of subjective perspective on such material.
Therefore, the best mix should be ideally made by a different
person than musicians recording a song. This is
all about team work and concentration on own thing, the more
you want a really good mix the sooner you should pass it
into hand of a mixing specialist. Trust him. He will know
what to do and will help achieving your music a new, better
dimension. In case of the mastering the best benefits also
passing the mix to a specialist.
How to properly prepare my material for mastering?
When preparing your material to mastering you should observe
certain rules, which should be used with a view to achieving
the best results for your audio CDs.
1 When performing the final mixes, resolution 24-bit recorded on
CD-ROM gives the surest, error-free results. This is better
bit depth then 16 bits and s especially important if your
music contains a lot of quiet passages like for example
acoustic jazz trio music or a string quartet. Quality mixing with a resolution of 16 bit 44100 kHz (CD
quality) is rather satisfactory, but in order to achieve optimal
results it is desirable to take advantage of higher sample rates and bit
resolution. A resolution digital of 32 bit and
sampling frequency as high as 96 khz are also acceptable.
Noteworthy is a fact, that the bit resolution gives you
better sound when the music is really quiet, while the
higher frequency rates give you more of a frequency
response. For example, the CD quality of 16 bit 44 100 Hz
gives you the theoretical frequency response of 22 050 Hz
which exceeds human hearing range by good 2 or three
thousand Hertz, but sometimes the higher frequencies can
influence the sound of lower frequencies anyway. 96 000 Hz
sampling frequency gives much more headroom here (48 000 Hz,
2 Make sure that all the mixes are accurately described and
include all the required notes on the special version,
fades and the order of songs. Make you special wish list and
we will be happy to do it for you.
3 It is best not to try normalize, as most renowned mixes were not
normalized them or not processed by any programs or devices
limiter type, a compressor, level maximizer, enhancer, etc. Such
treatment makes it difficult to work at the mastering stage
recordings, and often means that its final quality will be
lower than it would be if this was not done. Just try to mix the vocal
or a leading instrument volume in relation to other tracks fairly high
(loud), and if the recording is purely instrumental
make sure these instruments on which the music depends most
are not buried
deeply in the mix.
4 In the case where you do not know how to mix a track
we are willing to do it for you. We offer affordable mixing-mastering packages that will allow your recording
5 And the last note: Always remember that mastering is
good as the mix allows it to be. In the other words, the
improvement of sound after mastering will always be huge, but to do
a premium master that compares to the best works in the
world we need
to work on a premium mix.
What is "brain stimulation"
using sound waves and how does it actually work?
This is a relatively new theory (and practice) coming
scientific research on the brain and various electrical
aspects of it's functions, using the phenomenon of induction
the brain into various
states or modes depending on current needs by
way of acoustic impulses in the form of properly modulated
frequency sound. As a first the phenomena was addressed by the Monroe Institute
in the U.S., now the use of this method is becoming more and
more common in
Europe and the world. This is very promising, as brain waves
can be used therapeutically for treatment of countless
disorders and for self development.
The theory behind brain
waves and sound stimulation of them:
Human brain can be stimulated both visually and
by audible acoustic signals in order to achieve a
result for example, of calming, increased concentration,
better ability to learn or release tensions. The
key is the appropriate frequency and the dynamic changes in
the distribution of these frequencies over the acoustic
spectrum in time. Such wave may be mixed in music material (the appropriate mood music) which increases the
effectiveness of such treatment.
When we connect the human brain to
electroencephalograph, we can see the parts of the chart of
it's work contain some prevailing frequencies, which are
dependent on the state, in which the man is currently
functioning. And so, for deep sleep Delta waves prevail
(0.5-4Hz), for a light sleep or drowsiness the Theta waves
(4-8hz), the normal functioning of
awareness correspond to the Alpha waves (8-14Hz), while
encouraging energy and a strong focus is accompanied by
Beta waves (14-30Hz). For deep relaxation and concentration and
the regeneration of mind and body especially beneficial
are Theta waves in the vicinity of about 5-6 Hz. The brain can
be stimulated by
external incentives, such as flickering light, if properly
modulated sound-it has a tendency to adjust to these
incentives. Theta state, and also other states
can somehow be implemented to our brain by the sounds, and even
visual flashes of light or colors. The theta state is very
beneficial for synchronization of both hemispheres of our
brain which leads to much more effective using of it.
Marius' album "The Heavens"
which is available via this site not
only assists in entering into our relaxed state of Theta
but is also beautiful music with the highest degree artistic quality,
providing a deep artistic experience and emotional thrills.
The synchronization of the brain hemispheres by Theta waves,
which is a wave of deep
relaxation and regeneration of the body is actually a
by-product of this music. Systematic listening to the
Heavens album will help you to obtain the optimal state of
your mind, peace and
SOOTHING of your psyche. It also helps in the development of personal
abilities, intelligence and self-esteem. The precursor of the application of brain wave stimulation was
Monroe American Institute located in Roberts, Virginia, where the very
big progress of knowledge of
psychology and neuroscience at the subject was obtained.
During the research
the Institute has shown that the best results give both
synchronization of the brain hemispheres through properly modulated
sound stimuli, and flashing with corresponding frequency which results in much more efficient
and stable operation of our brain.
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