Mastering Option at Qrates
About Vinyl and Mastering
To get the sound right on your vinyl there is actually some specific knowledge and experience required. The reason for this is vinyl cutting is a very technical mechanical process in which extreme limiting, low frequency phase issues or extremely loud frequencies, both high and low, can cause needle skipping, noise in the program signal, lowered overall program volume as well as other issues you definitely don’t want.
There’s a lot that can be said about the importance of this topic but our main point here is to warn you that if you choose to self master the audio for your vinyl, and you are inexperienced in the area, you are risking a worse case scenario of making a record that is unplayable. We can not be held responsible for less than optimal sound quality or skips due to poor vinyl masters. For this reason Qrates has partnered with mastering studios, like Color Sound Studio in Paris to ensure the sound quality of your vinyl.
Submitting your audio (For those who have opted for Mastering Option):
- Don’t allow peak levels to reach 0 dBFS. ( -1 to -0.5dBFS is ideal, lower is no problem ).
- Try to avoid the use a peak-limiters or other similar plugins as well as any plugin that will add distortion or clipping on your master channel.
- 24bit, 44.1hz, WAV or AIFF are ideal file specifications for mastering submissions 16bit, 44.1 is also acceptable). Please do not submit compressed audio formats such as mp3 or MPEG-4 for mastering.
- Please submit all files in a compressed folder (.zip or .rar are best). Tracks directly uploaded to a file transfer protocol risk data corruption and will not be accepted.
Recommended Track length per side for each vinyl size:
*Please don't exceed more than 10% of the recommended length.
*For best results we recommend 45rpm for all Vinyl pressing.