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Do I Need Mixing AND Mastering? Stem Mastering? Or Stereo Mastering For My Music?

Do I Need Mixing AND Mastering? Stem Mastering? Or Stereo Mastering For My Music?

If you are wondering “How can I make my music sound better?” You may be considering taking your mixes to a pro, but are wondering what service your money is better spent on: professional mixing vs mastering, stem mastering or stereo mastering. …

Producer Interview Series – Context

Producer Interview Series – Context

In this new series I interview some regular Fat As Funk mastering clients who have some interesting stories behind their music. Here we chat with Context – a producer and MC who has released records on Sony, and is also a university lecturer and author. We’ve had the pleasure of mastering several banging tracks of …

“Hottest Record In The World Right Now” – Tommy Farrow “Let’s Just” –  Mastered by Fat As Funk

“Hottest Record In The World Right Now” – Tommy Farrow “Let’s Just” – Mastered by Fat As Funk

“Hottest Record In The World Right Now” – Tommy Farrow “Let’s Just” – Mastered by Fat As Funk …

Can You Use Digital Masters To Cut Vinyl Records? – Or Do You Need Separate Vinyl Masters?

Can You Use Digital Masters To Cut Vinyl Records? – Or Do You Need Separate Vinyl Masters?

Releasing a vinyl record is an expensive business. It’s tempting to cut corners where possible to save money, and inevitably the question gets asked… “Vinyl mastering – is a separate master really necessary? Or can I use digital masters for vinyl music?

Short answer = You need a separate vinyl master for the best results.

Often masters created for digital use (Streaming/download/CD) are accepted by the pressing plant, so technically it’s OK to press on vinyl, but the end result is disappointing sound quality.

Using masters optimized for digital use to press vinyl will usually result in a slightly flatter sound, less dynamic range, various levels of distortion, skipping needles when playing back, and less overall “life” on vinyl – a crying shame after spending so much money on getting the records pressed!

It’s definitely worthwhile getting proper pre-vinyl masters made. …

Producer Interview Series – Arrival Sound System

Producer Interview Series – Arrival Sound System

In this new producer interview series, I interview regular Fat As Funk Mastering clients whom I’ve got to know over the years and have some interesting things going on musically.
First up is reggae producer Hal, from the Arrival Sound System, who has recently released the sublime album “Voices”. A collection of blissful positive dubwise vibes, featuring a variety of different vocalists. …

Can Mastering Fix A Bad Mix?

Can Mastering Fix A Bad Mix?

“Can mastering save a bad mix?” is a common question. The short answer? = Yes…. to an extent. It’s always better to fix your mix at the mix stage, rather than waiting to fix the mix in mastering, but what if you don’t have the project file anymore, and still love the track. Do you …

Album Mixing and Mastering – thoughts on how to do it right

Album Mixing and Mastering – thoughts on how to do it right

Mastering an album requires subtlety, intuition & a certain sprinkle of black magic that can only come with plenty of experience. …

Music conference success: 31 tips for music industry trade fairs

Music conference success: 31 tips for music industry trade fairs

How to make it in the music industry? Whatever musical path you choose, you will find lots of new opportunities by attending music industry conferences that happen around the world. We have some tips to help make the most of a trip. …

Online mastering free sample: get free track mastering on your mix!

Online mastering free sample: get free track mastering on your mix!

Humans are the natural choice to master your music – A.I. bots are getting better all the time, but they can’t feel the rush of a hot performer, or the anticipation of a bass drop. An A.I. bot will never shed a tear when the violins rise up, or a surge of energy deep within them from a wicked riff. You can… We can. …

How to prepare a track for mastering: tips from a mastering engineer

One of the most common questions we are asked is “how do I prepare a song for mastering”. It’s an important stage to get right, as the quality of audio going into the mastering chain makes a big difference to the final result of the master. When you’re looking for the best song mastering services, …

Fat As Funk – streetwear & lifestyle merch now available!

Show the world you live a Fat As Funk lifestyle with our dope new range of apparel. Ideal for chillin’ in the studio or around town. …

Mastering your DJ Mix : the next step in becoming a djay pro!

Now there are more opportunities than ever to become a professional DJ – and it’s a more crowded market than ever before because of it! So how do you get your mix to stand out to listeners, booking agents and promoters on common platforms like Mixcloud, Soundcloud, Spotify etc? Mastering is an overlooked step that makes you stand out as a pro DJ. …

“hottest record in the world right now” mastered by Fat As Funk.

Honoured to have mastered “prayer” by Prospa on Stress Records, named by BBC Radio 1 Annie Mac yesterday as her hottest record in the world right now …

Mastering professionally for 12 years!

Time flies. Fat as Funk is 12 years old in a couple of weeks. A lot has happened. We were one of the very first to offer free mastering tasters back in 2006, and since then have had the pleasure of working on over 10,000+ tracks! We’ve seen the rise of some of our regulars …