Mastering

Need to master your music via internet – no problem, send us a link to download your track/s | use Dropbox | YouSendIt or any other handy file transfer technology and we’ll send back a sample for approval before completing the deal.

General info. on mastering:

Mastering is the process of enhancing a mix to produce a high quality version ready for general release.

To get the best results :

1. keep your stereo mix at the same bit depth and sample rate used for the recording (eg. 24 bit 44.1 Khz / 24 bit 96 KHz / 16 bit 48 KHz…etc)

2. don’t compress, limit or eq the mix at the final stage

The most critical factor in producing the best quality master is monitoring the mix accurately in an acoustically neutral environment, ensuring that any mastering changes made do actually enhance the sound.

At Zigzag Music Productions we have truly stunning monitors which make mastering a pleasure; in addition we have a range of world class plug-ins, including:

UAD:

Manley® Massive Passive EQ

Neve 33609 / 33609SE Compressor

SSL G Series Bus Compressor

Studer® A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder

Waves:

Kramer Master Tape Native

L3-16 Multimaximizer

API 2500

… all to optimize loudness and clarity.

We use Dynaudio Acoustics Air 25…

…with the Air Base 24 sub

But don’t take our word for it, listen to our productions for sale on iTunesSpotify and CD Vine.

Chris Ingham and Saskia Bruin came into the studio in May 2009 to master “Step Inside Love”; Chris used Logic Pro to record and mix, we used Pro Tools HD to master.