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About Us


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Richard Addison / Mastering Engineer

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.

Quality in our services: We aim to maintain the highest industry standards. Achieving the best sonic results from your recordings in ANY audio format desired. All Master CD's, DDP Masters, MFIT files (Mastered For iTunes) are tested through a Quality Control. We know that personal taste and results are highly subjective, a good communication with our clients is the key of success.
Quality in sounds and details: Within a good monitoring environment and through the proper use of some processings such as state of the art frenquency equalizers, compressors/limiters and other tools, we are committed to achieve the best results. The sound of an album or specific project can be unified and polished. A good tonal balance for a great translation in any media, clean starts and endings, homogeinity of the overall project and a balanced levels between the songs. Mastering is the last step between your recordings and your listeners, let us help you put your music forward with the best "presentation" possible and give your audience a wonderful listening experience.
Ethics: Consistent, measured processes, honest communictaion in defining what is or what is not possible within mastering of your program material. A realistic view and respectful interaction with our clients is primordial regardless of their music styles or career status.
Objectivity: Fresh perspective and objectivity! For example, if an engineer works on every stage of a project, from the initial recording to the editing and mixing, some issues may be overlooked due to the engineer's closeness and familiarity with the project and working within the same monitoring environment. Allowing a fresh set of ears in on a project as well as a new listening environment can help provide some incredible insights and revealing important things you or the engineer might have missed along the way. At Trillium Sound, your project is handled by people with great ears and many years of experience in a truly professional an comfortable environment. The importance of proper mastering in today's industry can not be stressed enough.

Some Mastering credits

AllMusicGuide - Richard Addison

Discogs - Richard Addison

Discogs - Trillium Sound Mastering

Note that that several entries are missing and we are struggling with AMG to add all of the missing credits, so please come back often.

Trillium Sound Mastering Studio Gear

Our Services

Mastering / Online Mastering

- 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.

Online Free Trial / Demo

An Online Free Trial is offered, send us one of your mixes and we will be happy to make a Mastered sample from it at no charge. Please read our F.A.Q page before submitting your mix otherwise, we might not be able to make a sample and also not having any news from us. It only takes a few minutes to read. If you have any questions or need more information before submitting your mix, don't hesitate to contact us.
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Mastering Packages

Mastered For iTunes
- 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.

Consulting

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.

Programming & music arrangement

- For music programming and musical arrangements, please contact the guys at MidiMadness

Online Free Trial

    If you wish to try one of your songs for free of charge, we will be glad to master it and send you a sample.

    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 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...

    IMPORTANT!
    Don't forget to send your email address within a text file along with your mix or contacting us with your email address HERE

    Send your file:

Our Works

Some albums covers or see our clients list here

Tom Cochrane Assassin's Creed Odyssey David Marin For Honor: Marching Fire Soundtrack Matiu Starlink: Battle For AtlasElisapie Hubert Lenoir Thus Owls Alaclair Ensemble Machines Geantes Philippe Brach Pascale Picard Anatole Allyson Petrin Waahli Reno McCarthy KLAUS Marie Claudel Yelo Molo Far Cry 5: Lost on Mars Vishten Luger Ariane Zita Mystery David Myles Far Cry 5-Arcade Far Cry 5-Hours of Darkness Tilda Raphael Butler Valery Vaughn Chances Eric Lapointe Disques 7ieme ciel Beyries Petula Clark Dave Chose Far Cry 5/Original Game Soundtrack Far Cry 5/When The World Falls Jean-Michel Blais Born From Lie Camaromance Vincent Rehel Lee Aaron Andie Duquette Citylake Microphone Terrato Game Of Death Victime Galaxie Pierre Laurendeau Damien Poupart-Taussat Etienne Mason Franck Sylvestre Gazoline La Veilleux Luc Herrmann Group Mara Tremblay Martin Lizotte Sarah Bourdon AN_NA Dany Placard Johanne Lefebvre Mario Allard Keith Kouna PONI Paupiere Annie Dominique Quintet Les chercheurs d'or Sarah Bourdon KAIN Laura Sauvage Medora Mudie Mystery Tous Azimuts Amelie Hall Brown David Bontemps Fuudge Lendemain de veille Trio Acero Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Ghostnaut & Adilib Lubik Nos Forets Chantees Fixing Broken Genevieve Leclerc Corridor Kleztory The Great Novel Desjardins Orloge Simard Simon Boudreau Admirals Bon Debarras Deep Rivers Eric Speed Melanie Venditti Nicolas Patterson Nikki Yanofsky Raton Lover Podejam Bronswick Andrew Johnston Dear Criminals Hard Times Les Dales Hawerchuk Michael-Daniel Murphy The Brooks Cirque Eloize HOAN Chapeau Monsieur Levesque! Damien Poupart-Taussat Farley I, Alexander ITNOH Julia Migenes Fuudge Les vieux criss La guerre des tuques 3D Louis-Philippe Gingras Le Couleur Maryse Letarte Pier Beland OSTROV AUB Chocolat Soul & Sister SUNN Lucie Martel Saratoga San James Slater et fils Dany Bedar Dark Light IMA Mauves My Tambourine Sara Dufour We Are Wolves Charlotte Cardin Cris Coleman David Simard Fonkynson Matt Laurent Pastel Silver Pools Simon-Pierre Lacasse Kurt Hustle Rick Hughes Samito Ghostnaut Fobia Inc. Eliza Amelie Veille Patrick Zabe ARIEL Jonathan Painchaud Neurone Venture Reuben War Bernhari Chantal Archambault Appalaches Roch Voisine HUIS The High Dials Johnny Lima Laura Sauvage Michel Morissette Magillah The Morph-Tet Angela Solo Bronswick Fred Fortin Manu Katché Marie-Chantal Toupin Steve Hill Roch Voisine Catherine Servedio Mukagee Paupiere Forever Gentlemen Maryse Letarte King Melrose Admirals La guerre des tuques 3D PAG revisite Edwar 7 Erimha Mystery Thus Owls Damien Poupart Taussat Yannick Rieu Beat Market Le Couleur Roch Voisine Korum Bronswick Tous Azimuts Valerie Lahaie Caltar Bateau Sens Bran Van 3000 Fanny Bloom Galaxie Passwords Stéphanie Lapointe Sylvain Cossette Chocolat Matt Laurent Maxime Proulx Antoine Fafard Mara Tremblay Mystery Betty Bonifassi Coco Melies Hotel Morphee Eric Speed Kevin Parent KROY Amélie Hall Sylvain Cossette Félix Gray Liz Labelle Mathieu Desy Kevin Thompson Martin Lizotte Renee Martel King Melrose Mélissa Bedard Mario Saint-Amand Valérie Carpentier Eric St-Laurent Trio Villainizer Trio Jérôme Beaulieu Huis Stéphane Brunello Diane Dufresne Bellflower Paul Daraiche Vincent Vallières El Motor Dear Criminals Random Recipe Nadja Jason Bajada Ariane Brunet Alex Nevski Karim Diouf Gerry Griffin Lynda Thalie Gaele Cargo Culte Foret Annie Villeneuve David Usher Roch Voisine Sylvain Cossette Dans les souliers d'Elvis Gros Mene Nicola Ciccone Mystery Fab Forever Dany Bédar Éric Lapointe Hymnosis Nadja Bernadette Sylvain Cossette Sylvain Cossette Eric Lapointe Simon Boudreau Andree Watters Terry McDade & The McDades Andree Watters Le Blues d'la Metropole Dany Bedar

Our clients List

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37Degres

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David A. - Lee Aaron - Actionmen - Admirals - After Alice - Shadmehr Aghili - Aitzetmuller - Alaclair Ensemble - Jason Albertini - Alex & Caro - Alfa Rococo - Alife - Mario Allard - Jamie Allen - Rick Allison - Alma - The Amazing Cropdusters - Amber Dawn - Anatole - Fabian Anderhub - Ange Akou - Angela Parker - Angels in Anarchy - AN_NA - Annie Dominique Quintet - Appalaches - The Arbitrarys - Chantal Archambault - Ari Cui Cui - Ariel - Martin Arriola - Marie-Pierre Arthur - Jane Ashworth - AUB - Auklair - A.V.P

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Back Track Lane - Jason Bajada - Bajahreke - Chuck Baker - Frederick Baron - Be Astronaut - Beat Market - Trio Jerome Beaulieu - Abeille Beausoleil - Dany Bedar - Melissa Bedar - Cindy Bedard - Pier Beland - Belisle - Bellboy Records - Bellflower - Bernadette - Bernhari - Pat Best - Beyries - Big Bass - Big Wave - Jean-Michel Blais - Fanny Bloom - Blou - Bolduc tout croche - Bombshelter - Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 - Bon Debarras - Betty Bonifassi - David Bontemps - Born From Lie - Daniel Boucher - Simon Boudreau - Isabelle Boulay - Sarah Bourdon - Daniel Boyer - Philippe Brach - Bran Van 3000 - Dani Brazeau - LG Breton - Brigitte M - Bronswick - The Brooks - Brown - Stephane Brunello - Ariane Brunet - Buda Funk Munk - BulkHead - Raphael Butler - John Byrnes - B.M.C

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Caboose Band - Francis Cabrel - CALL - Caltar Bateau - Calvaire - Camaromance - James Camies - Canyon - Caracol - Charlotte Cardin - The Cardinal Dream - Manu Carre - Cargo Culte - Valerie Carpentier - Cat and a Bird - Chris Catena - Chances - Chapeaumelon - Chris Chappell - Gregory Charles - Charlie and Hash - Marc Chaunet - Les Chercheurs d'or - Cherry Cherie - Tom Chicoine - ChienVoler - Chocolat - Nathalie Choquette - Nicola Ciccone - Circle Four - Cirque Eloize - Citylake - Petula Clark - Marie Claudel - Clermont - Tom Cochrane - Coco Melies - Cris Coleman - Colombe - Vincent Compagna - Complane - Copper Mountain Stringband - Corneille - Corridor - Sylvain Cossette - P.A. Cote - Chris Cowie - Les Croches - Stephane Crytes - CTV Television Network - Daedalean Complex - Czeremszyna

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Les Dales Hawerchuk - DaMention - France D'Amour - Paul Daraiche - Lola Dargenti - Dark Light - Darkwor - Dave Chose - Davodka - Dear Criminals - Deep Rivers - Brent DeLeo - Marie-Alice Depestre - Marc Dery - Mathieu Desy - D.JSoul Martin Deschamps - Devium - Frederic Delorme - Sara Diamond - Dimension X - Celine Dion - Karim Diouf - The Downriders - DeNiro - Etienne Drapeau - Sara Dufour - Diane Dufresne - Sammy Duke - Marc Dupre - Dirty Penny - Dreamcatcher - DUBB - Sara Dufour - Sammy Duke - Duke Squad - Fany Dumais - Duo Beija-Flor - Andie Duquette - Angelique Duruisseau - Jeremy Dutcher

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Ease - Echo-X - Joseph Edgar - Edwar 7 - Carl Eichman - Elisapie - Eliza - El Motor - Empra - Endrick & The Sandwiches - Enfant Elefant - Eric B - Erimha - Everen - Existence - Exit 245 - Eye Rhyme - The Fabs Habs - Antoine Fafard - Fariman - Felice - FELP - Jean-Pierre Ferland - Mark Finnie - Fixing Broken - Flaven - Flugzeug - Fobia - Fonkynson - Foreign Diplomats - Foret - Forever Gentlemen - Fred Fortin - Serge Fortin - Les Freres a C'hval - Fuudge - Tomas Furey

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Gaele - Melanie Gagnon - Galaxie - Gammarays - Garash - Garbanzo - Gazoline - Mike Geraghty - Germa - Bernie German - Ghisdou - Ghostnaut - Marie-Anne Giannatos - Eric Giguere - Louis-Philippe Gingras - Glenn Miller Orchestra - Le Godemichet - Henri Godon - Robin Gorn - Gotta Lago - The Gourishankar - Polina Grace - Grand Marquis - Felix Gray - The Great Novel - Jean-Michael Gregoire - Gerry Griffin - Julien Gris - Gros Mene - Groupe Contact - Guitartare - Gustafson

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Amelie Hall - Georges Hamel - Hard Times - Harmonijkowy - Les Hay Babies - The Hazytones - Helvetia - Aaron Hendra - Luc Herrmann Group - HEROIK - Hey Sugar - The High Dials - Steve Hill - Hotel Morphee - Lizzy Hoyt - H'SAO - HUIS - Rick Hughes - Jimmy Hunt - Nate Husser - Kurt Hustle - Hymnosis - I, Alexander - IMA - Immune 2 Cobras - Inbalance - Inner Odyssey - Innerspace - ISOS - I Shot Samo - Maria Janice - Jipe Dalpe - John Jed - Jiles Band - Jipe Dalpe - Andrew Johnston - Les Julian - Florence K - KAIN - Kaos Moon - Karcius - Karfagen - Manu Katche - Ian Kelly - Key OG - Nathalie Khoriaty - Price King - Klatu - Klaus - Kleztory - Klo Pelgag - Lisa Komlos - Keith Kouna - Korum - KROY

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Liz Labelle - Chloe Lacasse - Simon-Pierre Lacasse - Gotta Lago - Jean La Haye - Valerie Lahaie - Vivien Lalu - Mathieu Landry - Melina Laplante - Eric Lapointe - Stephanie Lapointe - Laurence-Anne - Pierre Laurendeau - Daniel Lavoie - Brea Lawrenson - Laurie LeBlanc - Genevieve Leclerc - Le Couleur - Johanne Lefebvre - Joel Legendre - Lemmiwinks - Lendemain de veille - Lengaia - Hubert Lenoir - LeShark - Les soeurs Boulay - Maryse Letarte - Celeste Levis - Life Story Records - Lila Dit Ca - Johnny Lima - Paul Lizzi - Martin Lizotte - The Lokondes - Lolas - Ducie Lorion - Los-Yegueros - Low-Key Hobby - lTeez - Lubik - Lucill - Lucky Uke - Luger

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Mabi - Machines Geantes - Paul Maco - Magilah - Amelie Mandeville - Manhaus - Marie-Mai - Antoine Mainville - Maison Brume - Magillah - Matt Mallet - Les Malpris - Amelie Mandeville - Michel Marchildon - Marcie - Bruno Marcil - David Marin - Lucie Martel - Renee Martel - Etienne Mason - Julie Massicotte - Matiu - Mauves - Reno McCarthy - The McDades - MMCircle - Medora - King Melrose - Maxime Menard - Dominica Merola - Mescal - Mic Life - Julia Migenes - Teddy Miller - Milk And Bone - Julien Mineau - Nicola Minotti - Misses Satchmo - Les Monsieurs - Moribunda - The Morph-Tet - Morthouse - Mort Rose - Hugo Mudie - Mukagee - Chris Mulligan Band - Michael-Daniel Murphy - Musicor - David Myles - Mystery - Nadja - Nation Ruckus - Neurone - Alex Nevsky - NIL - Ninth9State - NIPO - Nocturnal Divinity - Caroline Noel - Norvaiza - Nos Forets Chantees - Notta Comet - Not Without Johnson - NSC Records

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Offset - Aurelia O'Leary - Once Named Sam - ONY - Opale - Orloge Simard - Orson Wells - Oshy - OSTROV - Bernard Oudoul - O'XL - Jonathan Painchaud - Papillon - Marc Paquette - Tomy Pare - Kevin Parent - Pastel - Passwords - Nicolas Patterson - Paupiere - PEAKS Entertainment - Mario Pelchat - Fred Pellerin - Pepe Bahia - Peter Peter - Allyson Petrin - PG-13 - Pascale Picard - Pictorial Wand - Dany Placard - Plastic Utopia - Plum Shark - Polska B - Thom Polychuck - PONI - Valerie Poulin - Prince Koloni - Prohibisong - Prosad - Anic Proulx - Maxime Proulx - Mireille Pruneau - Qualite Motel - Quatuor des Moulins - QWAARN

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Radiant Baby - Manu Ramesan - Rampage - Random Recipe - Vidjay Rangaya - Raton Lover - Red Pines - Vincent Rehel - Duo Resonance - Retroheads - Reuben War - Zachary Richard - Yannick Rieu - Joseph Robert - Leo Roche - Rock & Roll Television - Emily Rockarts - Rod le Stod - Dan Romer - Rosematter - Carlos Rotsen - Rust Eden - Ryan & the Lightning Stones -

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Samito - Lea Sanacore - San James - Sant Ange - Saratoga - Laura Sauvage - Scan_Carriers - Jeff Scott - Sergeant Dreamin - Serotonin Sages - Sea5on - SENS - Catherine Servedio - Shadrane - Les Shrimps - Shyre - SKA Banquet - Silver Pools - David Simard - Slater et fils - Slender - Smelly Pedros - Smotherbox - Angela Solo - Solid State - The Something Changes - The Sometime Favorites - Sonora - Sophomore - Soul & Sister - Spaced Out - The Spectors - Eric Speed - Splitting Lilith - Spoon Licker - SRC (Societe Radio-Canada) - SROD - Mario Saint-Amand - Pascal Stik - Martine St-Clair - Eric St-Laurent - Karine Ste-Marie - Johnny Stoll - Stonemaker - SuddenFlames - Sugar Crush - Summersett Fred - SUNN - Supermassive Quazar - Sweetbriar - Molly Sweeney - Sweet Mother Logic - Swiss-Austria - Les Swompards de l'Est - Syrah - Syzzors

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Manuel Tadros - Talkshop - Tako Tsubo - TAO - Damien Poupart-Taussat - Vasily Taranov - Task Managers - tbONE - Terrato - Alek Thellend - Linda Thalie - Julie Theriault - Paul-Andre Thibert - Vincenzo Thoma - Kevin Thompson - Thus Owls - Tilda - Tina-Eve - Tomorrow Ever After - Marie-Chantal Toupin - La Tournee du Bonheur - Tous Azimuts - Transcend - Tremblay - Mara Tremblay - Tribal Bus - Trio Acero - Le Trio BBQ - Trusted Waters - Fuat Tuac - Twenty-One Twenty - Brock Tyler

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UBISOFT - ULC - Unicorn Records - Urban Heat - David Usher - Vincent Vallieres - Valery Vaughn - Vegas Soul - Amelie Veille - La Veilleux - Melanie Venditti - Venture - Simon Vezina - Victime - Vidal - Les vieux criss - Villainizer - Annie Villeneuve - Vishten - Marco Volcy - Roch Voisine

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Waahli - Andree Watters - Wave Brainers - Wavelength - We Are Wolves - We Once Were Trees - Wicked Tone - Wild Mercury - Christine Williams - Le Winston Band - WISER008 - Wizaard - X-Cabs - Xinema - XULFI - Yael - Nikki Yanofsky - Yelo Molo - Patrick Zabe - Ziban Nation - Ariane Zita

OurGear


Monitoring


QUESTED V3110A Full Range Monitors
2 X SOUND ANCHORS custom Stands

Conversion


PRISM Sound DREAM ADA-8XR AD/DA with Firewire and AES I/O cards

Digital Processing


WEISS EQ1-MKII 7 band Parametric Equalizer
FLUX, FabFilter and SONORIS plugins

Analog Processing


SHADOW HILLS MASTERING COMPRESSOR Dual Mono Optical & VCA
MASELEC MLA-3 Mastering Multi-Band Compressor
BUZZ AUDIO REQ 2.2 Dual Mono Mastering Parametric Equalizer
MANLEY BACKBONE Mastering Insert Switcher
ALAN SMART C2 (modified) Dual Mono Compressor
MASELEC MPL-2 Stereo Peak Limiter & HF Limiter
AVALON AD2055 (modified) Class A Dual Mono Parametric Equalizer
TORNADE Music Systems E-Series Stereo Compressor

DAW


Magix SAMPLITUDE Professional PRO X
SONORIS DDP Creator 4
HOFA CD Burn & DDP
HOFA DDP Player & DDP Player Maker
Steinberg WAVELAB 6
PLEXTOR Premium CD burner

Playback


All digital file formats
SONY APR-5003 1/4 inch RTR 2 ch Mastering deck
PHILIPS CD-471 CD player
TASCAM DA-40 DAT

Trillium Sound Mastering Studio Gear
Trillium Sound Mastering Studio Gear

F.A.Q Page

Q1: What is Audio Mastering?

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.

Q2: How does it change the sound of a track?

Balance! The mastering process gives the recording whatever it is lacking. For example, if it's too bright, mastering can tame it down, if it's not punchy enough, mastering can make it thump! It can change the texture of a track by a little or a lot, depending on what is necessary and what the potential of the mix is. The mastering process also adjusts the overall volume and tonal balance of the entire CD project.

Q3: What are the benefits of having an album professionally mastered?

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.

Q4: What can you do to improve my music?

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.

Q5: What is the best resolution and format for my stereo mix tracks to be at?

The files should be sent in STEREO WAV or AIFF format with a minimum bit and sample-rate of 16/44.1kHz. The result will be even better if the final mix is printed at the same native resolution as the recordings. Do not use any dithering if the bit rate has not changed.

Q6: What I should NOT do to my Mix to get it ready for mastering?

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.

Q7: What should I do to my mixes to get them ready for Mastering?

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.

Q8: What about the volume?

Do not have your mix too loud. Overall volume level or apparent loudness is always an issue with today's releases. This is commonly referred to as the "Loudness war". Louder audio material always seem better in comparison with softer material, but when comparing at equal apparent volume, the latter wins both sonically and dynamically. Unfortunately, it has now gotten to the point where many artists end up sacrificing sound quality for volume level. Therefore, if you still want LOUD, we certainly can take care of it. If an album is too loud, it has lost some of its dynamic range. This means that the quiet sections of a song are just as loud as the loudest sections. This creates a two dimensional sound that no longer represents the emotion that the artist originally intended. The creative impact of the moment is then lost for the listener. It's a fine line where volume is at its optimal level and where it begins to compromise the quality of your project. Let's talk about the final "levels" for your project before we get to mastering and we will find the best of both worlds for your music.

Q9: How long is a Mastering session?

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.

Contact us

Trillium Sound Mastering

978 ch Des Hauteurs
Saint Hippolyte, QC J8A 1L2
Canada

tel: (438) 390-2236

email: info[AT]trilliumsound[DOT]com

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