Information about the supply of audio data for the purpose of mastering
Please use the highest possible bit resolution for your mix files.
32 bits (floating) is the best choice if possible (e.g. Nuendo, Cubase and others) or 24 bits in case of Protools or Logic.
To use the full advantage of 32 bit resolution during export / bouncing / mix down within your DAW please switch of any dithering and limiting, because potential overs will be reflected in the floatingpoint mantissa. This way we can protect the full dynamic of the master as we will get overs back into the representable 24 bit range through normalization. Try it on your own to normalize an overdriven 32 bit floatingpoint file and you will see what is meant.
If your DAW does NOT support 32 bit floatingpoint please use a good brickwall limiter and limit just the very tops of the highest peaks within your master. As you automatically just use 24 bits when you are within the “representable range of 24 bit” there is no dithering required even if your system works internally in 32 bit fp (like almost all DAWs)
44.1 kHz for CD Redbook and all online releases, 48 or 96 kHz for DVD audio for video
Please do not apply any SRC (sample rate conversions) on your own and avoid any unnecessary conversions, especially uneven ones, e.g. from 48 kHz to 44,1 kHz or from 96 kHz to 44,1 kHz.
Wave, Aiff, others on request.
Please do NOT dither!
Please do NOT fade.
Only exception: arranged fades in which different tracks must be faded separately.
Please give indications as to desired fades on attached track list.
(Fades which have been undertaken prior to dynamics processing tend to have a pumping effect following dynamics processing in mastering).
Beginnings / Endings:
Allow enough time for edits. Please leave at least 500 ms at the start of the recording. This applies in particular to tracks which have been mixed on analog consoles. (Required preview running time (predict) / fingerprints for de-noising). Even dynamic processing requires some predict time to process properly without any artifacts.
Compression / Master Limiting:
Slight peak limiting is permitted, but please do NOT apply finalizers, maximizers or similar! Average loudness should not exceed –15 dB / RMS or DR12 (depending on genre). Dance and similar styles could come with values up to DR 9 if desired. More dynamic is appreciated as master compression is our job.
Please give the song files the correct track number: ‘09-M1-my song.wav’
"M" stands for Mix 1 and indicated that you are going to deliver the “first round” of mixes.
In case you will send an updated / improved mix it will be ‘09-M2-my song.wav’. I use "V" to indicate the version of a particular mix. If you get 09-M1-V2-my song.wav it is the second version of your first mix and so on.
Please think of filling out the track list and add your wishes and commentary.
Information for CD text (Interpreter/Song name/Text/Music) and ISRC if desired will be copied 1:1 into the digital CD text. Please take care of proper spelling etc.
Please attach the track list to your upload zip file! So we have always all required information at one spot.
You are welcome to supply 2 or 3 reference tracks. Please make sure that we percept them as reference in regards of labeling unless you want them to show up on your master.
Delivery / Upload:
PLEASE SUMMARIZE YOUR COMPLETE DATA IN ONE .RAR OR .ZIP ARCHIVE.
Upload these archives to our ftp-server. The required access data did you already receive separately. If not you will receive it just after placing the order.
Separately delivered tracks will be invoiced as single tracks or “second cycle”.
Please include the track list and comments within this archive. Please confirm your upload with a short e-mail (Mastering@Tischmeyer.com) after your upload has been successfully finished.
Please do NOT send your audio data unpacked. Zip and rar files are the safest way to send your data. If there will be any damage on these files while sending them, there is no way to open these files while unpacked files may contain digital artifacts.
Ftp for Mac:
Please use Filezilla or Cyberduck to have full ftp functionality for upload and download. Both are free and easy to use programs which you will never miss again as soon as you become familiar.
Ftp for PC:
Our favorite program is Total Commander. Filezilla is also available for PC. Please use a dedicated ftp program. It is worth to do.