We’ve gotten the masters back from Sky Onion and they sound amazing! For those who don’t know, mastering is the process by which an engineer takes a good-sounding mix and makes it sound professional and consistent. It corrects minor issues and enhances certain sonic characteristics.
Gus at Sky Onion says:
My approach to mastering depends on the source material and the needs of the artist. Sometimes the goal is to enhance and color a mix to make an otherwise “flat” sounding recording come alive on the speakers. Other times it’s about maintaining the sonic qualities of a mix while making minor adjustments in the most transparent way possible. I try my hardest to achieve whatever sound the artist is after while subjecting every recording to the highest possible level of quality control.
Wanna hear a couple of before and afters? Sure you do.
“You Won’t Hear Me Say It”
“You Won’t Hear Me Say It” (Mastered)
“I’d Rather See You”
“I’d Rather See You” (Mastered)
It was a difficult decision, but we chose Sky Onion to master our album. I’m excited to hear the finished product.
Catrina played “I’d Rather See You” on Rock 103’s Memphis Made this past Sunday, so that was very cool. We’re investigating having the album mastered and have sent a song to a couple of places to see what they can do with it, then we can make an informed decision. If we do decide to master, it’ll be another $300 – $350 and a slight delay regardless of who we choose. (Well worth it if my suspicions are confirmed.)