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What Is Audio Mastering?

Let Last Drop Mastering Show You Firsthand! By Last Drop Mastering

Mastering is the all-important last step in the song/album creation process, and unfortunately one that can often be overlooked. Put plainly, your music will never be at a professional level if it is not mastered properly. This is the stage where dull, listless songs come to brilliant life as one polished, "larger than life" EP or album. They say you need an outside pair of ears on-board for this stage, and preferably one with hundreds (if not thousands) of projects behind them. Even the best mastering engineers in the world send their own material off to another mastering specialist for processing. This is to get a fresh pair of ears to finalize the project, rather than the ones that have been listening to every piece of every song over and over for weeks (if not months).

Due to advances in technology, suddenly there are "mastering engineers" everywhere. These people provide often questionable services at ridiculously low prices, and sadly because of this, there is a lot of sub-par "mastered" music floating around out there - music that could have really shined if put in the right hands. Mastering is definitely not something to just find the "cheapest price" for. Your music will be your legacy, and will be around long after you are. Spending a little extra to ensure that you use a true professional can make all the difference in the world.

Ever wondered what the right professional mastering could do for your music? Well the "tried and true" team at Last Drop Mastering has offered to show you firsthand - and at no cost! Uploading your demo song is a piece of cake, just click below:


(If you have a deadline for a project coming up and need your sample back right away, click here and let them know.)


Artists, bands, and labels are all eligible. One demo song per project, please. For demo purposes, any file format will work - assuming the file quality is acceptable. Via email you will receive a very effective before-and-after WAV sample of their work.

For best results, don't use any plugins or compression on the master track to make your song louder...ideally the volume should be low (however, this doesn't just mean turning it down). Boosting the volume is a small but important part of the mastering process. The audio you get us should look like the picture on top. The one on the bottom has already been compressed and mastered*.

*In some cases an already mastered recording can be remastered with good results.

Last Drop stands by their work 100%, and has the reputation to prove it. After your sample has been received and when your project is ready contact  them with all details for a specific quote. Multi-song and other seasonal discounts may be available.

Last Drop is an online mixing and mastering facility with clients around the world - most recently American idol star Jennifer Fuentes Hayward, Ex Cobra Starship member Elisa Schwartz, and #1 itunes Reggae star Stick Figure.

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Youtube promo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u2kzW_CHY4&feature=player_embedded

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Last Drop has been providing professional mixing and online mastering services for over a decade in the San Francisco area.
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