Mastering is the process by which the master recording is transferred to the lacquer master disc.
The process can be a flat transfer where the master is transferred without changes to the lacquer master. Sometimes changes are necessary because there are limitations on what can be transferred to a lacquer disc. Excessive high frequencies will be attenuated and excessive low frequencies will prevent a loud record. Out of phase low frequency signals will cause skips. Changes can also be made to improve the sound.Accepted master formats: 1/2" analog tape • 1/4" analog tape • DAT • CD and various file formats.
The master is played into a disc recording lathe which cuts the groove on the lacquer master. A cutterhead mounted on it moves laterally across the lacquer master as it rotates on the turntable. The cutter head holds a stylus which vibrates and cuts the groove.
Specs for CD masters:
Please send 1 CD for each side (1 CD for side A, 1 CD for side B) If your audio is at 16 bits, it should be sent as .AIFF with the desired gaps between the tracks. Only music at higher bit rates (24-bit, etc.) should be sent as .WAV files!Each CD must be labeled with the following on a piece of paper in the jewel case or cd envelope: