Great question! We get this one a lot.
Stem Mastering is a more versatile option of normal mastering. We use a few “stems” (combined tracks such as drums, guitars, keyboards, etc.) of your song to achieve the final master. You can send 3-5 stereo channels that we will tweak individually to produce the absolute best sounding master. This is the preferred option for artists, engineers, and producers that have gotten their mix as far as they can take it but just need the extra bump to make it perfect.
Here are some different stems you can send us as well as an explanation of some of the adjustments we can make to each track:
- Drums (for compression and clarity without affecting the rest of the song)
- Bass (for getting a nice bass tone without affecting the rest of the mix with mud)
- Guitars (we can roll out the mud in the guitars and bring presence without taking out the punch in the rest of the mix)
- Vocals (we can get them sitting in the mix perfectly by our stem mastering isolation technique)
You can use any stems you want as long as you upload at least 3 and no more than 5.
Hopefully that was helpful!