Why master with us?

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WE FUCKING CARE... THATS WHY!

We care about making your song sound the best it can. The amount of work you put into making the song deserves the same amount of attention during the mastering process. We provide that attention.

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REVISION LIMITS ARE BULLSHIT

Most mastering engineers have a revision limit. We don't do that shit.  We will go back and forth with you on the mastering until it sounds right and the way you want it to sound. 

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UNIQUE MASTERING SOUND

Most of our analog equipment is one of a kind and custom built for our specific needs. This gives your masters a unique sound that can only be done with Punching Dolphins.

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Analog vs Digital

Analog Mastering Service

Punching Dolphins analog mastering service is done mainly with analog gear. We run your song through our hardware and get it as close to the final master as possible. We record these analog prints to DSD audio which upsamples the music for the highest level of fidelity capturing the detail, warmth and depth of our analog gear. For the loudness stage we converter clip the track through our mastering AD/DA converters to get you the pristine loudness your record deserves. 


Analog masters require a commitment on the mix submitted as it is very difficult to swap a mix after a master has been run and achieve the same sonic sound.  

      

Digital Mastering Service

Punching Dolphins digital mastering service is done all in the box using the best tools for the job at hand. Your digital master is treated with the same love and efforts as our analog masters but leaves much more room for flexibility. Swaping out mixes, trying different color or volume options, and automation of sections can be done with ease.  

 


***MASTERING DOES NOT FIX A FUCKED UP MIX***

 If you need mix feedback before a master is run just let us know.

Our Analog Mastering Process

Song Submission

Song Submission

Song Submission

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Once your song is submitted we will check your mix to see if there is anything that could be adjusted for a better master. If there is something that stands out we will contact you before starting the first stage of the mastering process. Each song is different and we take pride in finding the right tools to bring the very best out of your mix. 

Analog Prints

Song Submission

Song Submission

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At this stage, we will run your song through our custom analog equipment. We will control the dynamics, imaging, tonal balance and overall color of the track with our hardware. This process really gives the song a lot of unique sonic character.  When we feel we got a sonically fitting sound for your song we will send a proof your way. 



Tonal Balance

Song Submission

Pre-Volume Master

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We like to make sure the song is tonally balanced between lows mids and highs and the dynamics are properly controlled so it will playback as intended. If you have specific tonal or dynamic needs we can meet those at this time.  It is your song so you have the final say in how it sounds.

Pre-Volume Master

Pre-Volume Master

Pre-Volume Master

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At this stage we will correct and enhance anything that needs it. This is where the overall shape of the master takes place. We look for feedback from you with any sonic adjustments you may want at this point.

Volume Pushes

Pre-Volume Master

Volume Pushes

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During this stage we finalize volume pushes and make various versions you may need from streaming to loud as fuck. We will go back and forth until we lock a final volume for your master. 

Finalization

Pre-Volume Master

Volume Pushes

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Once the master is complete and proofed by you we will finalize the masters. Since we run your mix through our hardware and we record on DSD audio it allows us to create different sample rate/bit depth master prints. We can make any file formats you may need.

Our Digital Mastering Process

Song Submission

Digital Processing

Digital Processing

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Once your song is submitted we will check your mix to see if there is anything that could be adjusted for a better master. If there is something that stands out we will contact you before starting the first stage of the mastering process. Each song is different and we take pride in finding the right tools to bring the very best out of your mix. 

Digital Processing

Digital Processing

Digital Processing

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At this stage, we are off to the races with your song. We will control the dynamics, imaging, tonal balance and overall color of the track. Once we feel we got a sonically fitting sound for your song we will send a proof your way.

Mix Revisions

Digital Processing

Pre-Volume Master

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Countless times we have found once a song goes through the mastering process a client hears areas to improve their mix. If this is the case we can swap your updated mix file with ease. This makes sure you truly get the sound your looking for.

Pre-Volume Master

Pre-Volume Master

Pre-Volume Master

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At this stage we will correct and enhance anything that needs it as a seperate output chain from the digital processing stage. This is where the overall shape of the final master takes place. We look for feedback from you with any sonic adjustments you may want at this point.

Volume Pushes

Pre-Volume Master

Volume Pushes

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During this stage we finalize loudness volume pushes and make various versions you may need from streaming to loud as fuck. We will go back and forth until we lock a final volume for your master. 

Finalization

Pre-Volume Master

Volume Pushes

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Once the master is complete and proofed by you we will finalize the masters.  Since this is a digital master the highest sample rate and bit depth we will provide will be the original sample rate and bit depth of your song submission.  If you have a specific format needed just let us know. (DDP, Mfit,Mobile ect)

Mastering Rates

***Any additional requests or questions feel free to contact us.***

 Our standard formats for analog masters are 96/32 wav, 96/24 wav, 48/24 wav, 44/16 wav and 320kps mp3.  If you need another format (DDP, Mfit,Mobile etc) just let us know. 

Additional Purchasing Information

Once a master has been purchased we will be in contact with you. Turn around time for a master is typically 24-72 hours after your material submission is received. 


Communication is key to a speedy process.  


Once the mastering order has been confirmed we will provide you with a submission upload link for the file you wish to have mastered.  We prefer to have the stereo wav file of your mix at the native samplerate and bit-depth the song was made with.  


For best results please have 3-6db of headroom on your mix. 


***YOUR MASTER IS A DIRECT REFLECTION OF YOUR MIX.***

Contact Us!

Any questions or additional information please contact us


mastering@punchingdolphins.com