Professional Mastering Studios


So what is mastering? Every major label release is mastered to prepare it for radio play and retail sale. The reason? In the studio you record one song at a time, resulting in songs that all peak at different levels and have different EQ curves. A mastering engineer can unify your album with skillful use of EQ, gain, and compression to give it a consistent sound from track to track. This process also allows the mastering engineer to increase the volume of your overall album so it’s as hot as can be and sounds dynamic and powerful while clear.

Bates mastering can get you the professional sound you want at a fraction of the cost of major mastering studios.

A fresh pair of ears can be the difference between a good-sounding CD and a great one. A real advantage of audio post production is that an unbiased sound professional has the opportunity to evaluate and determine how to get the most out of your production. After you’ve spent weeks or even months in a recording studio listening to your CD over and over again, a fresh pair of ears of a mastering engineers can put the project into perspective for you, and let you know whether or not your CD will benefit from audio post production. You only have one chance to make your music sound its best. The choice is up to you.

To improve your recording the mastering engineer can:

  • Raise the overall level.
  • Even out song levels and EQ individual tracks for cohesion.
  • Correct minor mix deficiencies with equalization.
  • Enhance flow by changing the space between tracks.
  • Eliminate noises between tracks.
  • Make your music sound great on any sound system.
  • Add IRSC codes (required for digital distribution)
  • Add CD-Text information (Artist, Title, and Track Names that can be displayed by some CD players)