Reasons To Use an Online Music Mastering Service
Decades ago, mastering music meant dealing with physical copies of recordings in a studio full of equipment. Times have changed and now most audio is being recorded digitally; this means traditional ways of mixing and mastering music are no longer necessary. Using an online music mastering service is fast and cost-effective, but some options are better than others. Here’s why so many musicians are now choosing to master their recordings online––and why we believe Mercury Mastering is the best provider of online mastering services.
Online Music Mastering Services Are Faster
Most online music mastering platforms use something called algorithm-based audio engineering to optimize sound. Equalization, compression, and other processing decisions are automated using a one-size-fits-all algorithm. These algorithm-based online mastering services work as follows:
- The user uploads their music file to the mastering platform.
- Algorithm-based audio engineering software analyzes this file.
- The algorithm applies processing to the file, including equalization, limiting, compression, stereo imaging, and harmonic distortion. These can vary depending on the genre and type of song being mastered.
- The finished product can be downloaded from the online mastering service in WAV or MP3 form.
Online Music Mastering Services Are More Affordable
Many online music mastering services use a subscription model, allowing musicians to pay a monthly or yearly fee for access to online mastering tools. For artists, producers, or studios with a large output of work, this can be an economical way to master their music. Because online music mastering platforms are automated, you’re paying only for access to the software, not for the expertise of sound engineers, which is what makes these platforms so affordable.
Mercury Mastering is the Better Solution for Online Mastering
There are many reasons to choose an online music mastering service that uses algorithm-based audio engineering. But there’s one important reason not to choose them: quality. Sorry Landr (and everyone else).
Algorithm-based audio engineering platforms are inexpensive and faster than any other option, but without the personal touch of a skilled sound engineer, the results aren’t quite the same. While the untrained ear may not hear much of a difference between a song mastered via algorithm vs. a song mastered by a human being who went to school for sound engineering, audiophiles and your fellow musicians will. Sometimes all it takes is a good pair of studio monitors to hear the monumental difference.
With Mercury Mastering, you upload your file and our talented sound engineers do the rest. Our team members have mastered music for Grammy-winning artists and have experience working with music in every genre. We work with you to provide the results you want––no algorithm can duplicate the process of working with one of our talented engineers. We offer unlimited revisions on mastering––we’re not done with your music until you’re completely satisfied. Our transparent pricing tiers, starting at $69 for a single song, makes expert music mastering affordable for every musician. And you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your home.
Upload Your File Today for a Free Sample
Try Mercury Mastering online music mastering service right now by uploading a file for a free sample of our work. We’ll deliver the finished file to you within 24 hours. If you love it, purchase the full track and we’ll release it to you immediately.