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What is CD Mastering?

Why is a “master” better than a “transfer?”

A transfer sounds just like your old record, whereas a master is your old recording optimized! Since many companies offer “transfer” services and charge extra for separate tracks and noise reduction, we felt it helpful to point out what the $35 “Mastering” fee for an LP to CD conversion  includes the following processes:

  1. A digital recording is made of your LP (“transfer”) at 24 bit 96kHz sample rate.
  2. Clicks, Pops, crackle and surface noise are removed from your recording
  3. The recording is then edited into separate tracks*
    *Please note, this is not an automated process, since editing is done
    “by hand” and “by ear,” your tracks separations will be where you
    expect them to be! 
  4. Each individual track is then “normalized” to achieve maximum 
    volume without distortion.
  5. Every track is “named” so that song titles, artist name and album name
    will all appear in your software when you rip your CD to your MP3 collection.
  6. Your Master CD is created from the resulting uncompressed wav files.

Fair enough? 
If you have any further questions on this subject, 
please email for assistance.