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.