Stem Mastering Service
In addition to our Stereo mastering service we also offer stem mastering for clients who want our mastering engineers to have more control during the mastering process. For the majority of projects Stereo mastering is the optimum service, however for artists who prefer to give our engineers more control over their mix we also offer stem mastering service. Mastering from Stems allows us to dive in deeper to the mix and correct potential frequency and level problems.
What Is Stem Mastering?
When mastering from Stems you will submit multiple stereo tracks that have consolidated instruments. For example an artist might submit 5 stereo Wav files 'Stems' one containing all the drums, one with bass guitar, one with all guitars, one with lead vocals, and one with all the background vocals. Our engineer would then work with each individual stem adjusting frequencies and levels to create a balanced mix. When he has finished adjusting the stems, they are combined and mastered to create a finished song. Since we have access to each separated group of instruments there are more options for the engineer to make adjustments and correct problems.
How To Prepare Your Mix
Preparing a mix for Stem mastering involves grouping your instruments into individual Stems. We accept up to 8 Stems per song, and as a general rule you want to group similar instruments together. An example set of Stems would be: drums, bass, synths, rhythm guitars, lead guitar, lead vocal, and backup vocals. The Stems that you submit can be separated in any way that will give our engineer the best options to work with your project. In some cases this may included separating the kick drum and snare drum each as its own individual Stem - provided the total number of Stem is still 8 or less. As with all mastering projects we recommend leaving around -1dB of headroom for each Stem and removing any pre-mastering processing from each Stem. Stems should all be the exact same length and start and stop at the same time (this is crucial so the tracks line up when they’re imported and combined together).
If you're interested in stem mastering please contact us to discuss your project needs.