Location Digital Recording provides editing and mastering services for
CD projects. From assembling your project to a final master, sound design
Mastering is the final step where you can creatively apply sophisticated
tools such as equalizations, compression and limiting to alter the overall
sound quality of the project. Equalizers allow you to fine tune the overall tonal quality of the project.
Using high quality equalizers lets you tailor the frequency response to
your liking, as well as bring out sections that may need a bit more presence,
OR, to tone down a part that may be too up front.
LDR uses the Sonic Studio system by Sonic Solutions as our main mastering
tool. The Sonic system provides the highest quality A/D-D/A converters
available to ensure that your project maintains the highest integrity
through the conversion chain. We keep all projects in the digital domain
from start to final output.Youve spent a lot of time and money on
the initial recording of your project. Perhaps it was a live recording,
a studio session with many takes, or a live session again with
many takes. If it was a multitrack project, youve spent countless
hours mixing (and agonizing over those mixes) as well. Now comes the time
to edit and assemble all of that material to a final master CD or file
to send on to the duplication facility.
Editing and mastering provides the final opportunity to fine tune the
project to your liking. Remember that you (and many others) will have
to listen to it for a long time, so, you want it to sound the best that
it possibly can. Editing allows you to assemble the many pieces or takes
that you have recorded into a final cohesive master. It also lets you
produce the final order of the songs and the spacing between them so that
the project flows the way you would like it to.
Compressors and limiters are used to bring out the overall volume of the
project while controlling some of the peaks that can lead to distortion.
Creative use of these tools makes a project much more listenable for radio
airplay, home stereo systems and the car.
Effects can also be added at this time, but only to the overall mix. Sometimes
it is desirable to add reverberation to a mix that appears too dry. Keep
in mind that any processing added at this stage is applied to the ENTIRE
mix. It is not possible to apply effects to individual elements at this
Macintosh Power PC G4, 400MHz, 512 MB RAM, System 9.0
Sonic Studio HD 1.6 Software, 24 bit/96kHz capable
Sonic Solutions HD3 digital I/O
Plextor Plexwriter PX-W1210TS CD Writer