Richard Addison is the owner and Mastering Engineer of Trillium Sound Mastering. He has been a Montreal (Canada) based bass player and audio engineer for over 30 years. Having arranged and produced hundreds of recordings for many Canadian artists and groups, Richard decided to pursue his real passion : Audio Mastering. Since 2003, he has mastered over 1500 albums and several hundreds of singles for artists and producers from Europe, the United States and Canada.
- Complete mastering services for unattended clients.
- Fast & secure Online file upload/download services for quick approvals and Masters download.
- FTP services available.
- Files uploads/downloads by Dropbox, WeTransfer and Hightail.
- Payments could be done with PayPal, Interac, Credit cards or Bank transfer.
- You are welcome to attend the session.
- Full length CD (LP) - Short length CD (EP) - Enhanced CD. - Individual song/track (Single).
- All Master CD's and DDP (Red Book and Blue Book) come with your ISRC and UPC codes inscribed as well as CD-TEXT. CD-TEXT may contains the album title, song titles, artist name, composer's name etc..
-DDP (Disc Description Protocol) Generic disc image file format commonly used for the transport of mastered audio CD data.
- Pre-mastering for vinyl pressing.
We would like to hear your material before the session in order to give you our comments. Communication is one of the keys to getting a great master. Let's talk about your project, your musical tastes and vision so we can target your needs and expectations in a quick and effective way.
What you should know beforehand...
If you wish to try one of your songs free of charge, we will be glad to master it and send you a sample of it. Note that we will master it for approximately 1 to 2 minutes in length. Please read the following, which are the requirements and upload instructions for the Free Trial. We also invite you to read our F.A.Q page for questions, tips and more!
No .MP3, .WMA, .M4A ...
MP3's and other low resolution audio compressed formats (.mp3, wma etc...) ARE NOT ACCEPTED and we will NOT make a free sample from these, sorry. Please provide at least the minimum required format (16bit/44.1 Stereo Wav or Aiff).
The file SHOULD be in a stereo .wav or .aiff format. Before sending us your track, please make sure that no additional processing on the mix bus such as heavy compression and / or limiting for the sake of volume has been applied. We will take care of the volume, just make it sound great and the way you LIKE it without being worried about the volume level of your track/mix. Also, try to keep it at -3db peaks average. This way, we will be able to achieve the highest possible level of quality from the mastering process for your song/track. If compression and / or limiting have been used for volume level purposes, we won't be able to proceed properly and we will not Master a Free sample of your song/track. If compression and / or limiting have been used for volume level purpose, we won't be able to proceed properly so we will not Master it for a Free sample.
What we would like to know from you
Let us know a little about your tastes, your musical influences, favorite artists and CDs. This will be integral information in helping us target your goal. Communication is the key! You are now ready to proceed...
Mastering is the last step in making a recording into a final audio product. This includes assembling the tracks and using the best-available audio equipment such as equalizers, compressors, limiters etc, if needed. A great monitoring environment is a MUST for mastering. This includes the acoustics of the room as well as having exceptional audio monitoring equipment and years of experience.
Presentation! Whether it's a single or an entire album, mastering makes the sound of the project more impressive and commercially competitive. If the CD is played on the radio, in a club, on TV or in your living room, it will sound as good as it possibly can. The goal of mastering is to bring the sound of the project to its highest possible level, provide a great presentation and to create a quality-controlled master CD that is ready for mass replication or duplication.
Nothing! The music is what it is. The mastering process can only make the presentation "commercially ready", more accurate, impressive and sounding as good as possible.
Do not use any compression, limiting or maximizing on the final mix FOR THE SAKE OF VOLUME. This really limits the available mastering techniques and the dynamic range of the final product. In short, do not try to "pre-master" your mixes.
Have it recorded and mixed at the highest affordable quality with the peak level hitting about + or -3db at the most. This will leave enough headroom to achieve the widest range of sonic possibilities and allow the engineer to manipulate the dynamic range of the song effectively. Make sure the audio does not clip (never hitting 0db) anywhere on any individual track or on the final mix. Do everything you can to make your mix sound its best WITHOUT worrying about the final volume.
It depends, it usually takes between 6 and 8 hours to complete a full-length project (10-12 songs or around 40 minutes of audio). More songs will take more time even if the total length of the project is the same. On average, an individual song can take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes to complete, not including the time it takes to finalize the project/song alignment and order, fades, CD-Text, ISRC and UPC codes. Finally, the master must be listened to from beginning to end as a final quality control before it is sent for replication.
tel: (438) 390-2236