Knowing When To Master Your Beats (A Step-By-Step Guide)
Many online beat-sellers ask themselves whether they should be mastering their beats that they sell online and the answer is YES AND NO!
You’re probably asking yourself how is that possible. Well, it all depends on which file type you are referring to. If you’re asking yourself if you should be mastering the high-quality untagged WAV file that your licensee customers take in the studio to record their vocals on, then the answer is HELL NO!
If you are referring to your tagged streaming MP3 file that everyone hears on your BeatStars player or Pro Page, then the answer is HELL YES!
Reason Why You Never Master Your Untagged WAV or MP3
- Distortion. Distortion. Distortion. When your recording artist customers record vocals over your beats and send the track off for mastering, they are going to be left with a horribly sounding, distorted audio file that is going to really hurt everyone’s ear drums and possibly hurt the reputation of your business. You must leave head room for more track layers!
Always Master Your Tagged Streaming MP3
- This is the file that your potential customers will be listening to for the first time on your player or Pro Page before making the decision to purchase and license your beat.
- You will almost NEVER sell this file as a license, so technically it’s ok to master this track so your listeners can hear the full vision you intended before they buy.
What Should I Do Next?
Don’t worry, we have you covered!
BeatStars has an automated Mastering service in partnership with Landr that can help get your streaming files sounding amazing (and not distorted) which will increasingly help the probability of selling your beats.
First impressions are everything.