What is High End Mastering?
High End Mastering is a process in which a verified and error
checked Production Master is created. Normally the Source
Master is first loaded to Hard Disc where individual tracks
are checked for compatibility in terms of level and EQ balance.
The sophisticated equipment we have available allows us to
make adjustments to the level, EQ, dynamics, gaps and fades
- any aspect of your project - adjustments which can be so
subtle they are scarcely audible, or so radical as to transform
the sound almost beyond recognition. Our experienced engineers
can use their editing and musical skills to improve your audio
if need be, whether it's removing noises like vocal 'plosives'
or clicks, radical editing like changing the structure of
a track for radio play, or reworking a start or ending. Individual
tracks are topped and tailed to digital silence, then the
program is PQ encoded and output from a computer playlist
to a final Production Master. We also offer an exceptionally
critical Monitoring set up in all studios, balanced down to
20Hz to give a true reproduction of the final audio. The final
Production Master format is Exabyte data tape with a DDP file
to drive the glass mastering machine at double speed. The
use in high end Mastering Studios of high resolution DSP processing
etc., hard disc editing and formats such as HDCD has made
the standard of CD higher. Without doubt the Mastering process
combined with the skills of our highly trained engineers,
can make very considerable improvements to the majority of
tapes in the final transfer.