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Formats Accepted:
We accept almost all formats, but some are better than others. This is a guideline; You can call if you need more info.


If you read nothing else, READ THIS...

DO NOT add any compression or Limiting to the Final Mix.
Keep your master level at -3 to -6 db.

Do not try to make your mix super hot, we will do that, I promise!!!

This will ensure the hottest, cleanest sounding CD.


Best:
Data files are better than an audio CD...Use the "export" or "bounce to disk" function in your DAW program. Save it to a folder on your computer and then transfer it to a Flash Drive, CD-R or DVD as "Data" , not audio.
16 or 24 bit .wav files (CD-R or CD-RW)
16 or 24 bit .aiff files (CD-R or CD-RW)
Use 24 bit if you recorded in 24 bit.
Almost any digital based workstation will export to the above formats. (Pro-Tools, Sonar, Cakewalk, Cubase, Logic, Samplitude, etc.)

Good:
Standard Audio CD (The type you burn on your computer)
DAT (Digital Audio Tape)
Analog Tape Reel 1/4" or 1/2"

Worst:
Should only use if no other formats available!
Cassette Tape
Mini Disc
MP-3 File
WMA File

FTP File Transfer:
We now offer Same Day file transfer. Save overnight fee's and no customs problems for our overseas clients.
Absolutely No Loss of Quality!

Here's how:

  • Email us a completed Order Form.

  • Make payment using pay button on Order Form Page.

  • We will email you back an FTP address, login name and password.

  • You can then upload your .wav or .aiff mixes to our server.

  • We master the tracks and place the Mastered files back on the server for you to download and burn a CD-R.

Need an FTP Program? Use Google to search for Free FTP Programs... CuteFTP, AceFTP, etc.


Directions for submission:
You must fill out an order form ( we will not process without one).

Please read the following:

  • You should give us a mix that is roughly -3 db to -6db (below digital "0"), This gives us the most room to work and assures a clean, clip free master.

  • Your CD should be under 74 minutes to adhere to the "Redbook" standard. This will make sure that there will be no errors during duplication.

  • Do not try to make your songs louder by Normalizing, adding Compression or by using a Limiter. These methods will only hurt us in being able to give you the best, loudest, punchiest Master. We use only "High End" equipment and we will get your songs to the right volume.

  • Use the highest resolution possible. Always send us what you recorded at. If you recorded at 24 bit / 48kHz, then send us the mix at 24/48. If you recorded at 16 bit, then send at 16 bit. DO NOT DITHER DOWN. Again, our converters are of the highest quality and you will notice a difference if we do the converting.

  • Do Not use any "all in one" Mastering boxes, such as the Alesis Masterlink or TC Finalizer. These boxes will color the sound and will leave us with less room to work.

  • Do not use any Mastering software. Again, this will only hurt your final product.

  • You do not need to fade out your songs or clean the front of them. We will clean the beginnings so that they start exactly on the first note. We will fade out using a standard 20 second fade, or we will let the song end naturally and just clean the end.

  • We will add 2 seconds between songs. Please let us know if you want a different spacing or  if you require any cross fades.

  • Please list the song names and order you want them clearly on the order form.

Sorry for so many rules, however, you are hiring us to give you a Quality, Professional Product. This is how we do it.

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