To get the most out of your mastered tracks, we recommend that you do the following prior to uploading your files:
- Plugins: Remove any mastering plugins from your mastering bus (including compressors, equalizers, limiters, and stereo enhancers).
- Headroom: Try to ensure that your audio file is not clipping. A little bit of clipping is okay if you can’t change it and can’t hear it (maybe your preamplifier was a little bit too hot on that perfect jam session), but if you can upload something that is free of any clipping that is preferred.
- Recording Quality: Try to provide the best quality recordings you can with low noise (i.e. the background noise picked up by your microphone(s)). A little bit of noise is okay, but the cleaner the recording the better. We recommend that you set your sample rate to 44.1 or 48 kHz. Anything higher than 48 kHz will be downsampled to 48 kHz prior to mastering.
- File Format: Export your track using an uncompressed or lossless format (i.e. WAV, AIFF, or FLAC). A high quality compressed format like MP3 encoded at 256 kbps or more is okay too, but an uncompressed or lossless format is preferable.
- Experiment: If you aren’t getting the results you’re looking for, experiment! Try making changes to your mix or break our recommendations by adding a plugin or two to your master bus.