Frequently asked questions

MIXING & MASTERING

What is the difference between mixing and mastering?


Mixing is basically tinkering with everything you have recorded to complete your songs. We'll do things like drop in effects, adjust fader, EQ your tracks and so on. Think of mixing as putting the puzzle together. We're putting together the parts of what you have recorded, making sure everything hangs together right and putting some finishing touches on things. When we're done mixing your songs, you should be pleased with the way the song sounds and feel confident that you don't need to add anything musically.

Mastering is the process of taking a recording and enhancing it to its fullest potential. It’s the fine-tuning that makes your track sound as “big” and as “clear” as possible without compromising the original feel of the song. This also makes the album sound unified. When you send us your audio for mastering services, your tracks will be analyzed by an experienced mastering engineer in one of our acoustically treated mastering studios. After we get an overall impression of the existing sound balance, your project is then professionally mastered using an appropriate chain of top-drawer analogue and digital mastering tools.




Why should I have my audio mastered?


Mastering is the final step in bringing your recording to its optimum potential. It gives your music the professional commercial quality necessary to compete nationally and globally. No matter if your audio is planned for radio, CD/cassette duplication, CD Rom/ DVD authoring or publishing to the world wide web, it must be mastered to take full advantage of the media in which it is to be released.




Why does my project need fresh ears?


After working on countless songs and albums, mastering engineers develop an acute sense of sonic and musical knowledge that is key to successful mastering. It is also a huge plus that the mastering engineer wasn’t there when you recorded and mixed your album. Hearing your songs for the first time, a fresh pair of ears can offer truly objective advice.




How do I know it will sound better?


You always have input into how your project sounds, and we will do everything we can to make your audio project sound incredible.




Digital or Analogue?


To be able to provide you with the best quality services, great affordable rates and fast turnarounds, all our services are Analogue and Digital! Using the industries absolute best hardware and software/plugins, we can provide an excellent analogue OR digital sound to your mixes and masters.




What is the process?


To be able to provide you with great affordable rates and fast turnaround, all our services are completely digital and analogue processed. Using the industries absolute best software, plugins and analogue gears, we can provide an excellent digital OR analogue sound to your mixes AND/OR masters. We work in a private studio with top quality computing systems, hardware and monitors and we have over 15+ years’ experience mixing and mastering every genre of music. Once we receive your material and payment, we begin to prepare and work on your project right away.

Mixes are usually mixed completely then we rest our ears for a day and come back for anything missed. Before the mix is finalized, we will send you the mix in mp3 format for your review, if any changes are needed to be made, we will make them and send the mix back. This process repeats until you confirm the mix is complete and to your satisfaction.

Masters are tested on over four (4) pairs of high-end monitors and numerous sound systems such as an iPod (mp3 player), car stereo, Laptop speakers and a boom box, to make sure you are getting the best possible sound on every playback device! Your files will be delivered to you in a personal private Dropbox folder shared between us. You can choose to delete the files and folder or keep it to transfer material in the future if needed.




What is a ISRC and how do I obtain one?


Please Note: ISRC is NOT required to use our services.

The International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) is an international standard code for uniquely identifying sound recordings and music video recordings. The code was developed by the recording industry in conjunction with the ISO technical committee 46, subcommittee 9 (TC 46/SC 9), which codified the standard as ISO 3901 in 1986, and updated it in 2001.

An ISRC code identifies a particular recording, not the work (composition and lyrical content) itself. Therefore, different recordings, edits, and remixes of the same work should each have their own ISRC code. Works are identified by ISWC codes. Recordings remastered without significant audio-quality changes should retain their existing ISRC codes, but the threshold is left to the discretion of the record company.

The provision of ISRCs is overseen by appointed national ISRC agencies. These national ISRC agencies issue codes directly to the public and may also utilize authorized ISRC Managers to issue ISRCs. In the United States, the appointed agency is RIAA. ISRC codes can be obtained directly from RIAA for an administrative fee ($80 at time of this publication) or from a commercial ISRC manager. [4] Only in territories where there is no national ISRC agency does IFPI provide codes to users.

To obtain an ISRC in your country please click this link -->http://isrc.ifpi.org/contact/national-agency-contacts#A

Please Note: ISRC is NOT required to use our services.




What Will I Receive?


Once your project is completed, you will receive an MP3 and WAV file of your Mixed or Mastered song, along with any add-ons you have ordered. You will also receive an m3u file which allows your song to be automatically imported onto your computer or mp3 players music playback system (iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc.)

WE WILL NOT send you a copy of the session where we mixed and mastered. Although we can send individual stems of your project at extra cost.

EVERY MIX AND MASTER SESSION INCLUDES: EQUALIZATION - COMPRESSION - REVERB - PEAK LIMITING - ADDING AMBIANCE - STEREO WIDENING - BASS ENHANCEMENT - LOUDNESS - MAXIMIZATION - DYNAMIC EXPANSION - FADES/CROSSFADES EDITING - MINOR FLAWS - NOISE REDUCTION - TO ELIMINATE CLICKS, DROPOUTS AND "HISS" TEXT/ISRC ENCODING + ALBUM ART





PRICING & PAYMENT

How can you Mix & Master for such a low price?


Our prices are reflective of our high operating expense and the high volume of projects we receive. And by receiving mastering projects via mail or internet, we can avoid the pitfalls of having to schedule appointments or sessions with our client, allowing us to produce work beyond "ordinary" office hours. This in turn means a much lower price to our clients.




What type of payments do you accept?


For online payments any Major Credit or Debit Card is accepted as well as PayPal. If you make your purchase physically in person, I can accept all cash or check. **Western Union, Bank Transfer are ALSO accepted. If you have any questions please e-mail us at Cleardigitalstudios@gmail.com




How does your payment plan work?


For Information on our Payment Plans please email us at Cleardigitalstudios@gmail.com




What is your refund policy?


www.Cleardigitalstudios.com services are electronic non-tangible irrevocable goods. We believe in keeping our customers happy. If you are unsatisfied with your results we are willing to make any small changes and adjustments free of charge (Before Mastering). For bigger adjustments you will be able to use your Free Revision(s) or order a revision ad-on (To find out which services include free revisions visit www.Cleardigitalstudios.com) Unfortunately, we do not issue refunds once an order has been placed at www.Cleardigitalstudios.com. However, we may issue credits for our services in the amount determined by us if a refund is requested. These credits can only be redeemed up to 5 days after being offered. As a customer, you are responsible for understanding this upon purchasing any service from us. By processing an order at www.Cleardigitalstudios.com, you automatically agree to all of these terms listed. If you have any questions, please contact us and we will be happy to answer them for you. Understanding and Responsibility Client is responsible for reading and understanding the entire terms and conditions and refund policies. Client is also responsible for overviewing the FAQ page and making sure all questions and concerns are answered before making an order at www.Cleardigitalstudios.com By making payment at www.Cleardigitalstudios.com, the client states they have read and agreed to our Terms & Conditions and Refund Policy. Clear Digital Studios LLC (www.Cleardigitalstudios.com) may at any time, without notice to you and in its sole discretion, amend this policy from time to time and the changes are not prorated. Please review this policy periodically. For more information visit us online at www.Cleardigitalstudios.com or e-mail us directly at Cleardigitalstudios@gmail.com





GUARANTEES & SATISFACTION

So you will work until I am 100% satisfied?


Yes, it's true. We will continue to revise your mix / master until you are totally satisfied with the final result. Once you hear your mix or master, if there are things you want to change about it, simply call or email me with your change requests and we implement those changes and send you another updated mix or master using either your free or purchased revisions. Simply put, you will get a mix / master that is of the highest possible sound quality available. For Mixes we will revise small details such as volume changes and and other adjustments free of charge. If you need changes such as vocal / instrumental replacement, track layout changes, any effect changes or a revision to a mix after its been Mastered will be an extra $25 for a revision. We believe in keeping our customers happy. If you are unsatisfied we are willing to make any small changes and adjustments free of charge. unfortunately once a service is paid for you we can not make refunds.





REVISIONS

How Does Revisions Work?


Revisions are changes or edits you would like made to your Mix & (or) Masters once they have been sent to you. Each mixing package includes a certain amount of revisions.

  • The revisions phase is designed for minor adjustments to what was mentioned in the original mixing form.
  • Turn around for revisions are 5 business days (Though are sometimes delivered sooner depending on the studio schedule)
  • Below are the details of what IS and IS NOT included in your allowed revisions:
What is covered:
  • Adjustments to instructions mentioned on the mixing form, that perhaps aren’t exactly how you envisioned them
  • You’d like the volume of an instrument and/or vocal adjusted.
  • You’d like effects adjusted (i.e. more reverb, less delay)
What is NOT covered:
  • Does not include adding any new instruction that was not mentioned in the original Mixing Form
  • Does not include arrangement changes: Things like creating drops, stop effects and mutes
  • New file submissions are not included (Vocal files or instrument files)
You have up to 5 days from the time we send your mix to request any free revisions. After each revision, you have 2 days to request another free revision. after the said days, your project is considered complete and you can no longer have the option to use any remaining free revisions. If you want a revision after your project has been completed you will need to order a new revision by email us ( Cleardigitalstudios@gmail.com) revision notes with details and name of your song. Once your email has been received we will send you a payment link for your revisions, Additional revisions are $25 each. Once You approve your main mix, there is no longer the option to have anything changed in the mix (without incurring additional fees), even if you still have not used up all revisions.





Recording Terms & Coniditions

What's Your Recording Terms & Conditions


When booking a recording session at Clear Digitl Studios you are entering into a contract by which you are agreeing unconditionally on behalf of the artist/band to abide by the studio’s terms and conditions as detailed below. Booking a recording session
Session bookings, times and dates are subject to availability and approval from a member of Clear Digital Studios. Clear Digital Studios reserve the right to refuse and reschedule any confirmed bookings. Bookings are made by the following methods only. ClearDigitalStudios.com – Phone: 314-328-9033 Email:Cleardigitalstudios@gmail.com and are not valid until confirmed and deposit paid. Payment
Payment can be made with cash or credit/debit card. It is the responsibility of the artist to cover the cost of each session in full either in advance or on the day of the session. A 50% deposit is required (Online Only) to confirm all bookings by phone or when booking online payment will be taken IN FULL. This deposit is non refundable or transferable. The remainder of the studio bill should be paid in full on the first day of your session Late payment will lead to an additional fee of $10, and refusal to pay may lead to prosecution. No Call/No shows that have paid deposit will result in loss of monies and studio time, non refundable. Failure to produce full payment will result in the studio withholding session time, all copies of recordings, masters or session files until all fees have been paid and funds have cleared. You must pay for the full amount of hours you book; it’s not our responsibility to manage your studio time. If the recording session is broken up over a period of time (8hrs+), payment will be required either in advance or in installments to cover time that has been used Clear Digital Studios reserves the right to implement these payment terms where applicable. All session files are deleted from Clear Digital Studios hard drives 30 days after session completion unless otherwise specified. Please bring a backup storage device if you require your multi-tracks. Cancellations
24 hours notice is required for the cancellation of a session; this includes weekends and bank holidays. If a session is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, full payment will be required to book further sessions. No Call/No shows that have paid deposit will result in loss of monies and studio time, non refundable. Cancellations as a result of adverse weather conditions such as snow will be rescheduled. Breakages and damages to studio equipment
Any damage caused to studio equipment due to misuse and abuse will be charged to the artist/band/individual. Refusal to pay for breakages will lead to exclusion and prosecution. If an item of equipment is damaged or missing at the start of your session please report it to the engineer. Personal items/lost property
Please make sure that you do not leave personal items unattended and ensure that you take all of your belongings with you when you leave. Clear Digital Studios is not responsible for any personal items that are lost or damaged on the premises. Guests
Clients are allowed a maximum of 2 guests during the recording sessions. Clear Digital Studios must be given 24hr notice when requesting additional guest & apply. Client must get approval from Clear Digital Studios prior to showing up with additional guest. Smoking
Smoking is NOT permitted anywhere inside the studio complex. If you leave the premises to smoke, please ensure that you are a safe distance from the studio and that your cigarette stubs are disposed of appropriately. When leaving and entering the studio, please remember that the entry door must be kept shut and locked at all times. Any theft or damages that occur as a result of the door being left open will be chargeable to the artist/band. Recording Tips
Be on time and prepared
Bring your instrumental or have download link ready
Bring Hard drive or flash to take your files upon completion
If you cannot abide by these terms and conditions, please do not book a Recording session.