“Through my reputation as an Independent artist, with studio, label
and through my work as a writer for MusicDish magazine in NYC, I get a
lot of inquiries from a variety of artists at different levels ranging
from RahmLee Davis of Earth, Wind & Fire down to garage bands.
contacted over the weekend by an artist named DenRa from Ann Arbor MI.
He has been developing his career as a New Age artist over the past
few years and had some recordings he had made in his home studio on
Garage Band. He had hired a marketing company to promote his music in
the digital marketplace, but wanted to have them mastered first, so he
He sent me an mp3
of the song he wanted to release first called "The Light Within" I
listened to the song then converted it to 44.1 and put it up on the
studio monitors. I discovered some problems with the track (low
levels, right stereo channel overload, no bass response, no EQ or
compression and an unbalanced mix). Not the best situation.
(Admittedly an amateur engineer.) I wrote back to him notifying him
of these problems and asking him if he wanted re-record his tracks or
let me try some mastering tricks to help improve his track. He said he
had already paid the marketers and really needed my help. He Paypals
the money and I get down to the challenge of this track.
I dove into the track and after a few hours of tinkering, I was able
to fix most of the flaws in the track through a variety of moves using
my mastering suite. Besides EQ, compression, dithering, some soft NY
reverb and a seldom used trick called reverse phasing, the song was
vastly improved. I bounced it back down to 44.1 and converted it to a
high quality mp3 (320kbps) that he can sell online. He was very happy
and plans to send additional songs. I told him when he is ready to
play live and needs CDs to contact Creative Sound Lab.”