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WaterFall Recording Studios

Our Mastering Procedures


The Reference CD

The reference CD should be of a group or style of music that you like or sound similar to, or like the way it sounds. This will give us an idea of how you want your finished project to sound. So if you're a heavy metal band, don't send in a classical CD! The style of music does not necessarily have to be the same just as long as you like the sonic quality of the reference CD that should be fine.

The Proof CD

The proof CD will be exactly the same as a mastered CD except for shortened versions with occasional test tones placed in each song. This way the test CD cannot be used as a master.

Send your three songs to:

WaterFall Studios
C/O Ken Sutton
11389 S. Forrest Sideroad
Dafter, MI 49724

You must send me your address along with the reference CD plus the shipping charges. This insures that I know where to send the Proof CD.

CD Mixing - Mastering Order Form Information


Please list all info EXACTLY as you want it to appear on the CD Player Screen when a song is playing! Because songs are sometimes spelled wrong on purpose, whatever you write will be how it is displayed. Also, if you write as all capitals, it will display as all capitals.



Note: List the songs in the order they are on your DAT or CDR. If data files are sent, list order you want.

If the final CD sequence is different, provide a separate list documenting the final order of CD Mastering.

We will use 2 second spacing between songs. Let us know if you want anything different or if any require cross fading.

Basic Mastering Rates

The basic mastering includes processes like EQ, compression, limiting, loudness, enhancing, etc. Our Basic Mastering Rates are only $60.00 per song, or $400.00 for a full album (8 - 15 songs).

The format to send me can be a MP3, a Wave File, CD or cassette. However, the BEST is:

CD 16 or 24 bit .wav files (CD-R or CD-RW)
16 or 24 bit .aiff files (CD-R or CD-RW)

More about acceptable formats.

How to pay for Mastering

Print out the downloadable order form. Complete the form and mail it to the address listed along with your CD, reference CD, and payment (no personal checks please) and we will begin mastering your project once received. If there are any questions that you may have, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Priority 2 Day Mail -------------------------------- No Charge
Express Overnight -------------------------------- $25.00

We accept Money Orders or Cashiers Checks. (Or Cash!)

Typical Turnaround is 2-4 weeks. Please call if you need it sooner and we will always try to accommodate if we can.

Very Important: For best results, DO NOT add any Compression, EQ or Limiting to the final mix. Individual tracks can be processed, but the Mix should not!

Send the form along with DAT, CDR or Tape and Payment to:
WaterFall Studios
C/O Ken Sutton
11389 S. Forrest Sideroad
Dafter, MI 49724
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