Welcome to Soundsmiths

Soundsmiths Mastering

 

 

Multi-Grammy award-winning post-production company.

Creating professional audio masters for digital, CD or vinyl.

Delivering audio excellence worldwide for over 20 years!

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Professional Audio Project Completion

The best your music can sound!

Digital Mastering

 

Soundsmiths takes your mixed/edited audio to the ultimate level for CD, vinyl or digital. We listen to you and we listen to your mixes. Then we find ways to bring your intentions to life before it's released to your audience.

Mix environments are designed for creative people to work in pleasurably. They are not designed primarily for critical listening. Therefore most unmastered mixes sound better in the studio than they do elsewhere. Our job is to listen to your audio in terms of what it needs to sound its best, and then apply those changes. It is an art, but one with highly technical requirements. So we have to know technology and employ it wisely.

But we place an even higher value on the human side. We have the skills to communicate with you to reveal your intentions and desires for your creation. So we listen a lot! To you. To commercial recordings. To live acoustic sound. And to your sound. Then we apply what we've learned, to realize the ultimate version of what you've made.

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Mastering For Vinyl

Vinyl can be made from masters with higher resolution than CD, and requires special handling for bass frequencies. It's also typically more dynamic than a CD master.

The master will probably need to be shorter than CD, and has to be split between A and B sides. See the table below for more detail.

Soundsmiths Mastering creates wav files optimized for vinyl manufacturing. Ask for a quote or just contact us for more information.

 
 

Optimal and Maximum Times for Vinyl Sides:

 

12" @ 33 1/3 RPM: 12" @ 45 RPM:
OPTIMAL - 16 to 20 minutes per side OPTIMAL - 6 to 12 minutes per side
MAXIMUM - 25 minutes per side MAXIMUM - 15 minutes per side
10" @ 33 1/3 RPM 10" @ 45 RPM
OPTIMAL - 9 minutes per side OPTIMAL - 8 minutes per side
MAXIMUM - 14 minutes per side MAXIMUM - 10 minutes per side
7" @ 33 1/3 RPM (unwise) 7" @ 45 RPM
OPTIMAL - 5 minutes per side OPTIMAL - 3 minutes per side
MAXIMUM - 7 minutes per side MAXIMUM - 5 minutes per side
 
 
 
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Other Services

 
 

Services besides traditional mastering we also offer:


  • QUALITY CONTROL - Evaluate masters prior to distribution

  • COMPILATION MASTERS - from various sources

  • DIGITAL AUDIO EDITING

  • SOURCE TRANSFERS - (from LP, 1/4-in. tape, DAT, etc.)

  • DIGITAL CONVERSIONS - word-length, sample rate, etc.

  • UPC/EAN and ISRC SUB-CODING

  • CD TEXT

  • CONSULATION

  • WHATEVER IT TAKES!

 

Contact us for a quote on any of these services.

See Contact info below


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About Soundsmiths

Soundsmiths Mastering is a multi-Grammy award-winning media post-production service company specializing in traditional mastering, fine editing, creating distribution masters, quality control and other services.

Mastering means that we act as a bridge between media creation and final distribution. Whatever's needed to get your product in its final form for delivery to the customer, that's what we do.

For most people, that means polishing with professional dynamics and equalization. It may only involve format conversion. We can do editing, though most of that is done in production. We may ask for a remix in some cases. But you get the picture. Problem prevention, troubleshooting, polishing, whatever it takes...

Our prime directive is to ensure and augment the quality of your creation to sound the way you intend it.

We have a quiet, acoustically neutral environment with transparent playback equipment, designed deliberately not to have a sound of its own. If something is wrong, we'll hear it. Then we'll fix it, if you like.

We can take the worry out of letting go of a project you've worked so hard to create. With experience in media distribution, manufacturing and audio production, we can bridge that gap with confidence. Let us show you how good it feels to have professional help at this crucial transition!


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Studio Time

Studio hours booked in advance and by appointment only.

We do mastering with or without client attendance - same rate!

 
 

GIVE US A CALL:

If you have questions, want a quote for your project, or to arrange a demo of our services, we'll be happy to talk to you!

Or send us a message using the form on the right.

We offer upload/download options for getting your mix files to us, and for delivery of the final master to you or to your choice of replication and/or distribution companies.

We accept most major credit cards and PayPal.

 

Phone (USA): 828-254-2175

 

 

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Professional Audio Project Completion

The best your music can sound!