iTunes
Mastering

Music as the Artist and
Sound Engineer intended

We often get asked if the masters we create for CD production are suitable for release on iTunes. The answer is most definitely, YES!

iTunes Mastering in Melbourne

In a world where digital audio files make up the bulk of music sales, and 7 out of 10 online music downloaders regularly shop at Apple’s iTunes store, it’s important your mastering engineer understands the special requirements for iTunes mastering.

Crystal Mastering is approved by Apple Australia to provide ‘Mfit’ (Mastered for iTunes) ready masters.  We provide a professional service for those who wish to sell their music on-line, producing audio files that are not only fully compliant with the MfiT standard, but that sound great too. The high resolution sound files that we master can be uploaded directly to the store, where they are processed by Apple’s proprietary encoders in preparation for their sale in AAC format. As noted below, the latest encoders produce much better results than was previously possible, making great-sounding master files even more important than they were in the past.

Using the Best Technology
to Produce the Best Results

Music approved for sale in Apple’s store will eventually be compressed during the encoding process. There’s simply not a lot we can do about that.

What really matters is that this encoding is taken into account when your mixes are mastered with us. Our audio engineers are acutely aware of any pitfalls that may arise from this stage and use their experience to avoid any issues that may appear down stream.

At Crystal, we have the technology to audition the AAC encoding process in real time, which means we are able to create the very best sounding files for the platform when we perform iTunes mastering.

Starting with the Best Audio Format Possible

Working with your 24-bit mixes, using sample rates from 44.1kHz to 96kHz, we can retain this resolution right up until the final master. At no extra charge, we can also output 16-bit masters for CD production.

Working Together to
Produce First-Class Results

If you are worried that your mixes are not going to turn out well once they have been mastered for iTunes, you can relax. The team at Crystal is always happy to work together with artists, with the common goal of producing only the best sounding mixes. Any holes in your technical knowledge can easily be filled by our mastering professionals.

Further Information

For more details about any of our services, including iTunes mastering in Australia, please feel free to call us whenever convenient. If it is not possible for you to call during normal working hours, you can of course always send us an email with any questions that you have about our mastering process, or the file formats that we work with. We look forward to working with you in the near future and to helping you make your mixes available to a wider audience.