On average, an album may take anywhere from one to two days to master. Generally one day for a standard album, or two days if it’s a particularly long album, containing radio & vinyl versions, complex edits or restoration issues. All projects are discussed thoroughly with a mastering engineer prior to the session. Artists are welcome to attend sessions, however as this is not always possible, mastering notes on EQ, sequencing and editing are always welcome.

At the completion of a mastering session, artists are provided with a copy of the mastered audio. This reference can be taken away and listened to in familiar surroundings and equipment. It is essential that the mastered audio is carefully appraised as this is the opportunity to address any problems. If any changes are required, a revision session will be arranged quickly so as production schedules can be adhered to.

It is essential to advise the mastering engineer if the recording is destined for vinyl production before session commencement, as this requires different treatment to a digital production master.

Most mastering sessions are booked several weeks in advance, so last minute requests are occasionally impossible to accommodate. If you know that you would like us to master your project, we advise you call Crystal Mastering when you commence your mix down session.

Please call our staff for studio rates, as we need to discuss your project’s particulars before establishing a session cost.

Ensure that someone has a thorough, uninterrupted listen to all mixes prior to mastering. This certifies that all correct versions are present without glitches, errors or drop-outs. To ensure your mastering session runs smoothly, be sure to provide your mastering engineer with accurate and detailed track listings on all materials provided. Wherever possible, bring all back up copies and duplicates of mixes as this will alleviate any dilemmas should errors or playback problems arise.

Studio Policies

1). Clients should be aware that no Master or Reference Disc will be issued unless sessions are paid for in full, or, unless prior credit arrangement has been made.

2). A cancellation fee will be charged unless a notification period of 4 working days is given to Crystal Mastering. Cancellation fees will be 50% of original booking time.

3). Once your master is completed, any digital data created as part of your session will be stored for a period of 3 months.

Replicating Masters

Please note, that it is your responsibility to approve any masters sent to the replication plant.
Crystal Mastering strongly encourages all clients to approve the audio and song order on the master before engaging the manufacturing process.

If you receive vinyl masters from Crystal Mastering, we highly recommend that you check the track order before going to press. These 24bit wav files can be auditioned through iTunes or similar software. We also encourage clients to attain ‘test pressings’ from the vinyl plant and check these before committing to larger runs.