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What is Mastering?

Mastering is widely misunderstood, often mangled, and sometimes mistaken for mixing.
So, what is mastering? It’s the audio step that comes just before manufacturing a CD. Some people would even say it’s a crucial step.

Once you have finished recording and mixing your songs, the tracks are shaped, sculpted, scooped, equalized, compressed, and finessed into sonic splendor (well, you hope) through the audio process known as mastering. Mastering is what gives depth, punch, clarity and volume to your tracks. It is part science, part craft, and part alchemy. . . just like songwriting, singing, performing and recording.

4thBeat provides a professional online mastering service for musicians and record companies that are looking for the optimum finish for their music within a limited budget.
The service allows you to have your tracks mastered by an experienced engineer for much less than the cost of an attended mastering session, using the same equipment and achieving the same high quality finish.

While clearly demonstrating the quality of our mastering services, the following demos also provide an excellent introduction to precisely what 4thbeat can accomplish.

The mastering process is truly as much an art as a science, involving a variety of technical processes and associated audio equipment.
But, equally important are the “fresh ears” of the¬†experienced mastering engineer.

Advantages :

On-line process – initial, approval and final track(s)
delivery is entirely Internet-enabled.

Fixed, up-front pricing – Having “No Surprises”
ensures you can plan with complete confidence.


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Mastering fee’s can be as little as ¬£15 per track.

Please contact us with any questions you may have, we’d be glad to help – Contact us here.