FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- How should I submit my files for audio mastering?
Please submit files for audio mastering in their native recording resolution. We accept file resolution up to 32 bit/192KHz, WAV or AIF. Once you have booked your session, we’ll contact you with a secure upload link. If you’re submitting analog tape, please call us to arrange shipment and discuss the session requirements.
What are ISRC codes and how do I get them?
ISRC, or International Standard Recording Codes, are 12-digit unique identifiers for your recordings. They allow an artist or label to track sales, airplay and royalties. ISRC codes are required by most digital distribution companies and music purchasing sites in order to sell your music online. This is different from a UPC code, which is used to track physical merchandise like CD’s and vinyl.
Apply for ISRC codes, and learn more about them, at www.usisrc.org.
What does Mastered for iTunes mean and should I do it?
Mastered for iTunes (MFiT) is a set of guidelines created by Apple to accurately deliver an artist’s music on iTunes, adjusted for the best possible fidelity on your computer and Apple devices.
Infrasonic’s engineers are “Mastered for iTunes Certified” and work within the best practices of Apple’s encoding and file delivery requirements. To decide if MFiT is something you should consider, get in touch with us before booking your session.
- Can I master my digital, CD and vinyl release at Infrasonic?
Yes! Many clients choose to streamline the mastering process and work with us for all audio and vinyl mastering. For more information about vinyl mastering, check out the FAQ’s below.
Can I attend my session?
You can attend your audio mastering session for an additional charge, or schedule a tour of the studio before your project starts. Sorry, we don’t offer attended sessions for vinyl mastering.
I’m an unsigned artist and love the work you do for [insert label name here]. Can you send them a copy of my master?
Sorry, we can’t contact our other clients with unsolicited material. Good luck though!
Where can I find your rates & pricing?
Give us a call at 323-276-0477, or email us at info [at] infrasonicsound.com and we can provide you with a price quote. Our rates vary based on the type of project and engineer you are working with.
I’m planning a vinyl release for the first time. Where do I start?
First, you’ll need to get your audio mastered. Infrasonic’s engineers master audio with your final format in mind, adhering to the necessary guidelines for vinyl. Next, you’ll place your order with a pressing plant (more info on that below) and get your master lacquers cut, which we do here at Infrasonic. This lacquer will be used to create your metal stamper. The stamper will be used to press your record.
- Should I get a reference acetate cut?
We strongly recommend that our clients order a reference acetate, also called a dub plate. A ref will give you the chance to listen to your mastered audio on vinyl before your record goes into production at the pressing plant. This is different from a test pressing. Refs can often save artists a lot of valuable time and money should there be an issue with mastering, or if you decide to make minor changes to the audio or sequencing, before cutting.
While listening to your ref, evaluate how your mastered audio translates on vinyl. You should listen for problems with levels, distortion and other audio-related issues, and contact your engineer if you have any questions or concerns.
- What’s the ideal length of a 7”, 10” or 12”?
We have a set of guidelines for program length on vinyl, but each project varies. Depending on your material, we can cut a longer side or suggest other options. Here are the ideal (not maximum) lengths we recommend:
7-inch: 6 minutes per side at 33rpm
2 to 3.5 minutes per side at 45rpm
10-inch: 12 minutes per side at 33rpm
8.5 minutes per side at 45rpm
12-inch: 18 minutes per side at 33rpm
12 minutes per side at 45rpm
What’s a catalog number and do I need one?
A catalog number, also called a matrix number, is a set of letters and numbers used to identify your record and yes, you need one. Artists and labels create their own catalog number, such as Infra-001 or XYZ-666.
We will etch the catalog number into the inner diameter of your vinyl lacquer. It will be used to keep track of your release during production and will appear on your pressed records.
What is scribe information?
Typically, your catalog number (see above) is etched, or “scribed,” into the inner diameter of your record, but you can choose to have additional information, or a personal message, included. For example, on Joy Division’s Closer LP, the message “This is the way” was etched into side A, and “step inside” into side b.
When should I place my order with a pressing plant?
You should place your order with the pressing plant before mastering your album at Infrasonic. If you’re unsure of what plant to work with, or have questions before placing your order, give us a call and we can help.
These FAQ’s didn’t answer my question. What do I do now?
Give us a call or shoot us an email and we’ll help you out.