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Skye Mastering - Online

Online mastering is an integral part of Skye Mastering. Situated on the Isle of Skye, 650 miles from London, or hundreds or thousands of miles from your home town, uploading mixes and downloading mastered versions speeds up the whole process. My client base is worldwide, so the ability to send mix files to me in minutes rather than days of time consuming post is an obvious advantage. In fact, working this way has become the preferred way. Uploading DDP Masters to my clients and manufacturers is now routine.

You can easily upload to my Hightail or We Tranfer dropboxes, or I can download from your link. You can also download my Sonoris DDP Player and a DDP reference master for approval. When you are happy, I can prepare a set of DDP manufacturing files to upload or send to your manufacturer. You can have a standard Red Book CD-R Master, but DDP is the preferred format. I can also supply 24 or 16 bit WAV files if you wish to assemble the mastered tracks yourself.

Pricing starts at £50 for one mix (10 minutes maximum). Regular albums are around £400 which includes the manufacturing DDP Master. Remixes, alternative mixes, instrumental versions, extra refs, extra masters, data files and MP3 versions are subject to extra charges. Please call or email for a quote on your project. All prices are plus VAT for U.K. customers. EU customers do not pay VAT if they have a valid European VAT number. VAT is not charged to Customers outside of the EU. You can pay via cheque, electronic banking, credit or debit card, or Paypal.

When you are ready to master, please send me the following information in an email, please do not add the information to the upload of your audio files, as they are stored on a different system. I will need the name address for your invoice, and if you are outside of Britain, but inside the EU VAT collection zone, I will also require your EU VAT I.D. number. I will need a running order, correct track titles, album title, artiste name, label name, catalogue number and ISRC codes if you are using them. You do not have to have ISRC codes on your project. However, ISRC codes are for download sites and radio play royalty returns, so they are very important. You cannot add them to the master once it has been made. If you are not registered for ISRC codes, log onto the PPL UK site here. You do not need to be a PPL member to register for ISRC codes, so don't go through that process; just register for ISRC codes. PPL will supply you with your owner code, and you create the codes for each track.

When you have your ISRC registration code, create a database listing the track titles in the order of the release, and assign a code to each track. It is best not to register the ISRC codes and track titles back to PPL until you are happy with your master. You might decide to change the order, or some of the tracks, so wait until it is finished. Keep your database safe so you have a reference for the future. It is your responsibility to keep a record of your ISRC codes. If you are outside Britain, you will need to go to: www.ifpi.org. Choose your country and apply for ISRC codes.

When you have created the set of codes for the project, please email them to me for embedding into your manufacturing master. If the tracks are for a download, and you have mastered WAV files from me. The WAV file format is currently not capable of including an ISRC code. You will have to provide the WAV files plus the assigned codes to your download facility. Remember, I will need the ISRC codes for CD mastering, so make sure you have them before sending me your project.

Once we have finished mastering, and before the projects release, you will need to supply all the titles etc to Gracenote, so media players will display that information when playing your disc. Even though the title information is already embedded into the disc as CD Text, computer media players access Gracenote for that information. The easiest way to put the information on Gracenote is to use iTunes. Load the CD or CDR, click 'Advanced', then 'Submit CD Track Names' upload the information, and don't forget to upload the CD cover artwork.

All you need to play the downloaded DDP reference is the Sonoris Skye Mastering DDP Player. Click on the the icon to download the version you require


How to use the DDP player:

  1. Install the DDP player
  2. Copy and paste the key emailed to you when you open it
  3. Drag the downloaded DDP folder onto the player
  4. You should now have your project available in the DDP Player
  5. You can then play your project, burn CDR's and make WAV files
  6. The player also displays the CD text, track times and ISRC codes
  7. For the track times, you only need minutes and seconds
  8. You can also check the start i.d. points of each track
  9. Keep the DDP player on your system for future use