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

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In this day of disposable digital-only singles culture, the release of a proper, full album is becoming a rarer beast every year. But rare beasts have always been the most prized catch! An album remains the best place to showcase your musical works.

Our album mastering service is where we really demonstrate our skill too. Mastering an album requires subtlety, intuition & a certain sprinkle of black magic that can only come with plenty of experience. It’s important to bear this in mind when choosing your mixing and mastering services.

Even if you have a mixture of soft & heavy songs on the album, the end result must make them flow perfectly together, & smooth out any discrepancies between mixes. This must be achieved while keeping your original preferences & ideas in mind.

Highly dynamic, subtle music must be blended flawlessly & sensitively into an understated work of art. By contrast a bass-heavy, banging album needs to hit the listener hard and loud all the way through.

Whatever the music needs, an experienced mastering engineer can intuitively can make it happen – they must feel the vibe to know the best approach to master an album!

It’s important to trust your gut – where the music is felt. No A.I. online mastering service (like eMastered or Landr for example) can actually feel music in the same way as the artist did when creating it – by definition A.I. automatic mastering can only ever see it as digital binary code. Getting a little deeper, we believe music is an expression of the living fabric of the universe.

Loz (our engineer) is a zen practitioner & generally esoteric chap. He uses barebow archery & other ways to clear his headspace when the computer gets too much. We feel this gives us an edge which helps make us one of the best song mastering services around. These visceral skills really come into play when finding the correct natural point to work from, thus making the final result flow together beautifully.

Your finished album should sound cohesive, level matched & with appropriate pauses between tracks (or seamlessly if you prefer). We believe the human touch wins out again here over album mastering software – it’s all about the feel.

It’s important to finish the album slightly differently for a vinyl press run too, so the vinyl version translates well compared to the version for digital.

So there’s a lot more to think about than just getting all the tracks to the same volume!

If you are having a CD run made, you can then optionally deliver a DDP file (like 1 special zip file with everything needed to make a cd) to put all your ISRC codes, credits and title metadata embedded in a CD.

Fat As Funk offers great rates on album mastering, & you can order with confidence knowing that your carefully crafted studio mix will stand up as a complete work.

You can try our online mastering free. You can also test our mix and mastering for just the price of the stems (no real professional will usually do a free mix+master session, due to the amount of work involved).

Upload your track today for a free stereo mastering demo, and if you want to test our stem mastering before committing to a full mix master you can buy some stems and get it at a greatly reduced cost! (Stem mastering is like a mini-mix+master).

We would love to transform your recordings into a record!

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Music conference success: 31 tips for music industry trade fairs

Music conference success tips for trade fairs
Lawrence "Loz" Gill
Lawrence “Loz” Gill

Loz has worn many hats in the music industry. A professional mastering engineer since 2006 for Fat As Funk, he also works in sync licensing for Rinse The Sync, publishing for the new Alternative Reality Music Library and is a composer for various music companies in Los Angeles and the UK. He has attended many music conferences and networking events in Los Angeles and Europe.


Travel is a big adventure, especially when attending a music business conference.

In this article I outline what you should expect from music industry trade fairs and music networking events. I give a load of tips learned along the way, and also provide you a handy list for packing, a flight checklist and a hand-picked list of extras to make your travel easier and more efficient.

Many of these tips are useful for a general business conference, networking social or trade show in any industry.


The big question: how to make it in the music industry?

There are numerous careers available in the music business. Whatever path you choose, you can find a professional advantage by attending music industry conferences that happen around the world.

A lot of aspiring musicians become disillusioned with the industry. The feeling of “it’s not what you know – but who you know!” is a constant source of frustration among artists.

So – how do you actually meet the people you need to know? One route is international business networking at Music industry Conferences like SXSW, Amsterdam Dance Event, MIDEM, Reeperbahn, The Great Escape Festival, or one of the many smaller, more intimate networking events.

There’s every music deal to be found at these events: Information and contacts for how to get a record deal, how to get a publishing deal, connect with music sync companies or a music supervisor, find a suitable music management company or hire promotion in the music industry. Even information for how to start a record label yourself.

These events give you the chance to mingle with top-level music executives from the biggest music companies in the world, alongside hungry indie start-ups and independent music hustlers from around the world. Information and opportunities exist for every kind of deal imaginable.

You will gain a solid grounding across the music industry and see opportunities for growth in your business.

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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.

Mastering bots don’t have the soul that your music does. Hire a human for this crucial last stage.

You can try online mastering for zero cost (from a human expert), with no obligation to buy. We want to make your music sound amazing.

There’s nothing to lose, and the potential to make your music sound nice and expensive, for free!

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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, it helps even the best mastering engineer if your mix arrives nicely prepared. What if you have lost the project file & only have a rough mixdown? We’ll explore that scenario too.

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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.

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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 ?

There are so many other factors in DJ promotion (a great website, building a busy live gig schedule, a robust social media strategy, networking at conferences, making a DJ remix for other producers, keeping your DJ equipment in top form) that it’s possible to overlook a process that can take you to the next level where it counts – the end listener.

Mastering” is the process of making a recorded piece of music sound slicker, fatter and louder, with a sweeter tone than before. Mastering turns a recording into a record! Every commercially released track you own will have been professionally mastered.

DJ Mixes sound better when they have been properly mastered too. All the classic commercial mixes will have been mastered before release. That’s why they sound so slick!

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“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. It is a banging tune, I urge you to check it out:

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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 from small indie labels & producers to major players in the music game.

We were the first (I think) to offer full mix evaluations, which has been a really useful service for producers amateur & professional alike.

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