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MASTERING TIPS

 

General Information and helpful tips

 

 

MASTER TAPE REQUIREMENTS

 

DIGITAL Files - WAV, AIFF, SDII, formats are acceptable on CD or DVD media.

 

DIGITAL MASTERS - DAT, CD-R, and Sony 1610/1630 formats are acceptable (Sony PCM-F1 format tapes are not acceptable, please have a DAT copy made).

 

ANALOG MASTERS - Quarter track, half track or full track format at 7.5, 15 or 30 i.p.s. on 1.0 or 1.5 mil tape stored tails out on 7" through 14" reels. Use paper leader tape between selections and sides, 1/4" and 1/2" mastering available. Alignment tones are recommended to insure best mastering results. We suggest 10 kHz, 1000 Hz, 100 Hz and noise reduction alignment tone.

 

Analog tapes recorded after 1970 may develop a problem with shedding and gumming causing severe problems when played back. This is a tape industry problem and includes all major tape brands. QCA mastering can restore your analog masters and furnish you with a digital backup CD or DVD.

Master tapes should be edited and ready for mastering. The tape box should be properly labeled including tape speed, format, alignment tones, type of noise reduction (if any) along with titles in proper sequence and times of selections. Also indicate total time.

 

MASTERING - Be sure to include along with the master any special instructions. Be certain to note any changes in level between selections and indicate clearly any equalization adjustments that are necessary. If no instructions are included with the tape, our mastering engineer will do whatever he thinks necessary to make the best sounding compact disc, cassette or record possible. Should you wish to be present during the mastering session, an appointment is required. Mastering sessions are $100.00 an hour and are billed in quarter-hour segments.