Apple has implemented a number of protocols and guidelines for mastering to ensure that the best quality music is delivered to their platform.
While they launched iTunes, they decided to replace the popular MP3 format to AAC, which provides high-quality sound. So, the main difference is an AAC format. It requires a different headroom and different approach from the mastering engineer.
The AAC files have a lower noise level, and much less distortion. This mastering approach is not applicable for regular iTunes release. Choose this option if you want to release your music with the Apple Digital Masters badge. The AAC file can’t be created in a simple mastering house. You need to provide the name of your mastering engineer before release and this engineer should be on the Apple Official Mastering certified list.
We’re happy to say that Major Mixing is a Certified Mastering House! Our engineers have a lot of experience in mastering for iTunes. Our staff trained well and passed the Apple exam, so you can be confident about your next release!
Please bypass all the processing from the master bus. Make sure, that the peaks values no louder than -6dB. Files should be delivered as a 24 or 32 bit .wav file at their native sample rates.
You may send us a reference track to show us the sound you like. If there are no reference tracks – no worries, we will pick up something similar to your song.
You will have 3 revision sessions.
We work with any genre. We have a team of mixing engineers, which have a lot of experience in mixing and mastering almost all genres.
Our main office is located in Kyiv, Ukraine. Also we are cooperating with different engineers around the world.
Mastering is a process of finalization and preparing the track for distribution. It will definitely help your music sound in industry loudness, equalization curve, etc. In some cases it will help improve your sound, but a mastering engineer can’t fix mixing mistakes. You can choose the Stem Mastering option if you feel that your mix needs help but you don’t want to change a lot.
Stem mastering is a process where mastering engineer creates final master using pre rendered buses as drums, bass, accompaniment, vocals and background vocals.
So in this case the mastering engineer has more abilities to fix some mistakes and improve overall sound. However, I would certainly recommend working to get the mix to be as close to finished as possible, rather than adopt the “just fix it in post” attitude.
Sure! We have discounts for bulk deals. The size of the discount depends on the quantity of songs. You can always check it in the order window.