We do offer stem mastering to clients who prefer to give the audio mastering engineer total control of the overall mix during the mastering stage in order to achieve the best quality audio mastering results. Stem mastering can also help improve songs mixed by home recording producers who are working in non-acoustically treated rooms, don’t have accurate studio monitors and can’t afford the professional mixing and mastering studios rates.
The Process of Stem Mastering
We do transform home music productions to true professionally balanced sounding music by treating each stem with specific equipment and fixing any problems “surgically” within the mix. We do enhance the overall mix while preserving quality and dynamics. We do not add any reverb, delays, or any other sound effects. Please note that stem mastering is not mixing, all stems must be ready for mastering.
Stem Mastering vs Stereo Mastering
Once you are done mixing your song, if you do hear all the instruments and you are happy with your overall mix, you can send us just one stereo track for standard mastering. However, if you do think that your mix needs some improvement, then you can prepare and send us the stems.
How to Prepare You Song for Stem Mastering
You can arrange the tracks in your session by mixing in groups, then you can send these groups of tracks into buses and print the buses into audio tracks (see the photo below for an example session). For instance, you can group all the vocal tracks in one stereo stem, all the synth tracks in one stereo stem, all the guitar tracks in one stereo stem, all the bass in one stereo stem, the drums in stereo stem, the drum kick in one stereo stem, etc.….
We do accept up to eight (8) stems:
One Stereo Vocals Stem Track
One Stereo Synth Stem Track
One Stereo Drums Stem Track
One Stereo Kicks Stem Track
One Stereo Bass Stem Track