Dolby Atmos Mastering

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Mastering Engineer

Processed Stem Count

Turnaround

+ Stereo Master

+ Dolby Atmos Master Add Ons

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SKU: AA-DOLBY-ATMOS-MASTER Category:

    HOW TO PLACE YOUR ORDER

    1. To build your studio service package first select the studio service you require. Next count how many stems you have exported from your project and select the stem count that best suits your budget and the amount of stems you will be sending to be mixed or mastered. Be sure to check all your requirements are ticked in your package.
    2. Once you have your package selected, add it to basket and proceed through the checkout. Now you have paid for your studio service you can upload your files and all information via our upload form in your account here. Please ensure you add your order number so that we know which order is linked to which files. Here you can add any notes or information you feel we need to know.
    3. As soon as we have received your payment and files we will download and begin working with your order. The initial mix or master is returned to you in the timeframe you have selected when building your package.
    4. When your order is completed you will receive your files via email. Any additional revisions or edits can be discussed with the engineer. Once all parties are happy with the end result your order will be marked off as complete.

    Under the Service / Stem Count tab you can select the amount of processed stems you will be sending to be mastered. The more stems you are able to provide the more immersive the Dolby Atmos master will sound.

    If you have already mixed your song in Dolby Atmos and just need the mastering of the Dolby Atmos ADM file performed. You can select to add Dolby Atmos ADM Mix Mastered.

    Dolby Atmos masters are returned in the following formats:

    • 48kHz 24bit wav ADM
    • 96kHz 24bit wav ADM
    • 96kHz 24bit wav binaural mix
    • 96kHz 24bit wav re-renders
    • 768kbs mp4

    Under the Mastering Engineer tab you can select the Dolby Atmos mastering engineer and studio you want to have you music mastered in.

    • Nick Burchall (Studio A)
    • Paul Ashmore (Studio B)

    Nick Burchall is the mastering engineer for Studio A which is equipped with a 7.1.4 Ex Machina Dolby Atmos system.

    Paul Ashmore is the mastering engineer for Studio B which is equipped with a PMC Ci Series 9.1.4 Dolby Atmos system.

    Under the Turnaround tab you can select when your masters are returned to you completed.

    • 1 Working Day (returned next working day)
    • 2-5 Working Days (returned within 2-5 working days)
    • 5+ Working Days (returned after 5 working days)

    Turnaround time is based on days the selected engineer works between Monday to Friday. If you have a specific day you need your master back for, please let us know when placing your order.

    By adding + Stereo Master to your order, you will receive back a stereo master performed using our analogue mastering chain. Analogue mastering achieves a more overall pleasing master to the ear with a sense of depth and 3D space.

    Stereo masters are returned in the following formats, if you require any others, please let us know: 

    • 96kHz 24bit wav
    • 48kHz 24bit wav
    • 44.kHz 24bit wav
    • 44.1kHz 16bit wav

    By adding + Apple Digital Master to your order, you will receive back both the stereo master as well as the Hi Res 96k Apple Digital Master. This master can then be released on Apple Music as an official Hi Res Apple Digital Master that is optimised specifically for Apple Music and plays back at high resolution 96k. All Apple Digital Masters receive a badge and are marketed as an official Hi Res Apple Digital Master on Apple Music.

    By adding + Vinyl Master to your order, you will receive back an additional version of your master optimised ready to be pressed to vinyl.

    By adding + Additional Stereo Masters to your order, you will receive back all additional mixes provided mastered through the same mastering chain as the original mix.

    • Instrumental
    • Acapella (vocal bus only)
    • Performance Mix (version with lead vocal removed)
    • Radio Edit (additional stems must be supplied)
    • Extended Edit (additional stems must be supplied)

    By adding + Additional Dolby Atmos Masters to your order, you will receive back any of the following additional mixes mastered in Dolby Atmos.

    • Instrumental
    • Radio Edit (additional stems must be supplied)
    • Extended Edit (additional stems must be supplied)

    By adding + Mastered Stems to your order, you will receive back all processed stems provided mastered through the exact same mastering chain as the stereo mix. Mastered stems can be used for film and TV licensing as well as remix purposes and further production.

    WHAT IS DOLBY ATMOS MASTERING?

    Dolby Atmos mastering is a process that takes your stereo mixed stems and positions them into a 3D space. Your song does not have to have been mixed in atmos, the beauty of Dolby Atmos mastering is the ability to transform a stereo mix into an immersive masterpiece.

    Dolby Atmos mastering is an advanced audio technology and production process that revolutionises the way sound is created, mixed, and experienced in various media formats such as movies, music, and games. Unlike traditional audio setups that use channels, Dolby Atmos introduces an object-based approach to sound design and playback.

    In Dolby Atmos mastering, sound elements are treated as individual objects, each with its own positional data and metadata about how it should be heard in a three-dimensional space. This allows content creators to precisely place and move sounds around the listener, providing a more immersive and realistic audio experience. Whether it’s a raindrop falling from above, a car passing by, or a musical instrument in a concert hall, each sound can be positioned anywhere in a 3D environment for heightened realism and engagement.

    This technology expands on traditional surround sound setups by introducing height channels, which enable sounds to come from above as well as around the listener. This adds a vertical dimension to the audio experience, enhancing the sense of depth and immersion. Whether through a home theatre system, a soundbar, or dedicated movie theatres, Dolby Atmos mastering ensures that audiences can enjoy a more captivating and enveloping soundstage, bringing entertainment to life like never before.

    Nick Burchall (Studio A)

    2x Ex Machina Arcturus
    Ex Machina Quasar
    8x Ex Machina Titan
    Avid Dock
    UnFairchild 670m mkII
    Elysia Alpha Compressor
    Shadow Hills Optograph Compressor
    Hum Audio LAAL
    Elysia Nvelope
    Maselec MLA-3
    Maselec MPL-2
    Bettermaker Darthlimiter
    Hendy Amps Michelangelo XL
    Maselec MEA-2
    Buzz Audio REQ 2.2
    Dangerous Music BAX
    Goly Porter Grinder
    AudioTales Designs 1951 ME
    AudioTales Designs 1954
    Goly 4 Band Dynamic EQ
    Cranborne Audio Carnaby HE2
    Whitestone Audio P331
    Vertigo VSM-2
    Rupert Neve MBT
    SPL Gemini
    Avid MTRX Studio (TB)
    Burl B2 Bomber ADC
    Burl B2 Bomber DAC
    Flock Audio Patch
    Trinnov MC-Pro Dante 12
    Universal Audio Quad PCIe
    Audeze LCD-X

    Paul Ashmore (Studio B)

    4x PMC Ci30
    4x PMC Ci65
    5x PMC Ci140
    2x PMC Ci140 Sub
    4 Foot Avid S4
    2x Avid S4 Fader Modules
    Avid S4 Master Module
    Hendy Amps Michelangelo XL
    Wes Audio NG Tube EQ
    Buzz Audio REQ 2.2
    AudioTales Designs 1951 ME
    AudioTales Designs 1954
    Goly 4 Band Dynamic
    Goly Porter Grinder
    Cranborne Audio Carnaby HE2
    Hum Audio LAAL
    SPL Iron
    Wes Audio NG Bus Comp
    Rupert Neve MBT
    SPL Gemini
    Avid MTRX Studio (TB)
    Burl B2 Bomber ADC
    Burl B2 Bomber DAC
    Trinnov MC-Pro Dante 16
    Martin Logan MDA16
    Martin Logan MDA8
    Rupert Neve RNHP
    Flock Audio Patch
    Universal Audio Octo Satellite
    Universal Audio Octo PCIe
    Audeze LCD-X

    BEFORE & AFTER DOLBY ATMOS MASTERING DEMOS

    Mastering in the hands of a skilled mastering engineer can transform your music to the next level. This couldn’t be anymore obvious when listening to the before and after audio demos below. You will notice a warmth and glow that makes your music highly pleasing to the ear that subconsciously makes the listener sit up and take notice. You have only got to ask yourself how am I perceiving the before and after examples? Can you notice the added detail and presence mastering has added? Can you hear the added depth and 3D image that has been achieved?

    • Original – Clients original mix unmastered and level matched to the master
    • Dolby Atmos Master – Audio Animals Dolby Atmos mastering applied using processed stems, showing the difference mastering in Dolby Atmos has made through binaural stereo playback

    Alt Rock

    Chilled

    Film Score

    Lofi

    Orchestral

    Punjabi

    Pop 1

    Pop 2

    Pop 3

    Rap

    R’n’B

    Rock

    WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US

    What sets Audio Animals apart from other companies is that we understand our clients and their needs. We understand you want revisions included in the service. We understand you want a fast reliable turn around. We understand you want to only pay for the service you require and not be charged for add-ons you do not need. We understand our clients, which gives us the ability to provide a service that is designed with them in mind.

    Dominik

    “Paul’s work on my track was nothing short of exceptional. His expertise in Dolby Atmos Mastering is unparalleled, making AA studio the go-to destination for anyone seeking top-tier sound quality. The results are nothing but high-end perfection. Highly recommended!”

    Sam Cole

    “Nick perfectly balanced my track and I could clearly hear each instrument against the vocals, but still preserving the song’s dynamics. It didn’t matter what device I played it through, everything sounded great and clear. Something that we all want when people listen to our music.”

    Rob Horvarth

    “We were looking for an experienced mastering engineer. Paul at Audio Animals Ltd. appeared to be the right man for the job and he did not fail us. Paul delivered an extraordinary and breathtaking master. Our Album has been lifted to the next level and we are extremely happy.”

    Harry Mindgame

    “I’ve had many tracks mastered by Audio Animals. Always been happy with the results. Mastered my own mixes in the past and I prefer to send it out to Nick to get done. Comes back exactly as I wanted it! The most consistent team that there is. You know your work is in safe hands.”

    TZ

    “I just wanted to let you know that the whole band is amazed by your skills. It is unbelievable how excellent the sound could be, if there are professionals working on it (YOU!). We thank you from the bottom of out hearts, I have never been so satisfied while listening to songs that we recorded.”

    Kosta Lois

    “I have to say Nick Burchall has one of the best ears in the entire record business for mastering. He’s definitely become my go to guy! He takes what I give him and puts the final polish on it – also he’s always right on time for all of my deadlines and easy to work with. A pleasure to work with!!!”


    DOLBY ATMOS MASTERING FAQ

    Whilst both Dolby Atmos mastering studios will produce an exceptional master. Studio B is thought of as our primary Dolby Atmos studio that is equipped with a state of the art Dolby Atmos 9.1.4 PMC System. One of the best sounding Dolby Atmos rooms the music industry has to offer.

    Nick Burchall is the mastering engineer for Studio A which is equipped with a 7.1.4 Ex Machina Dolby Atmos system. This studio has one of the world’s best stereo mastering chains installed, costing upwards of £130,000. A truly unique mastering chain with some highly sought after mastering equipment.

    Paul Ashmore is the mastering engineer for Studio B which is equipped with a PMC Ci Series 9.1.4 Dolby Atmos system. The stereo mastering chain installed in Studio B costs upwards of £70,000 and has been carefully selected to gain the best possible results from each unit in the chain.

    All orders will be turned around within the time frame selected when placing your order. Turnaround time is based on days the selected engineer works between Monday to Friday. If you have a specific day you need your master back for, please let us know when placing your order.

    • 1 Working Day (mix 1 returned next working day)
    • 2-5 Working Days (mix 1 returned within 2-5 working days)
    • 5+ Working Days (returned after 5 working days)

    Dolby Atmos mastering is a process that allows us to take your songs mixed stems and transform it into a Dolby Atmos master. Working in our Dolby Atmos mastering studios we are able to position and pan your song in a 3D space. Creating a fully immersive and spatial master that can then be released on streaming platforms such as Apple Music, Amazon and Tidal. The difference this service makes is outstanding and quite honestly takes your music to an unimaginable level.

    Mastering is an essential process that finalises your song ready for distribution. Processing is applied to the master bus in order to achieve a sound that is glued together and sounding the best it possibly can. Processing includes EQ, compression, limiting, saturation, stereo widening, de-essing and other processing. Mastering in the hands of a professional engineer will achieve a wider, more detailed and controlled sound. Mastering ensures playback of your song is correct across all devices.

    We can perform a Dolby Atmos master from a stereo mix that is certified as a Dolby Atmos master. However the results will be far better if we use your mixed stems. A more immersive and true to life sound can be created. A stereo mix limits us to using unique techniques to up-mix the stereo file into Dolby Atmos.

    Yes, a Dolby Atmos mix can be delivered as an ADM File for mastering. We will then take your ADM mix and perform the mastering to the strict guidelines in place for Dolby Atmos delivery.

    Yes, this is a very common practice of Dolby Atmos mastering. We can take your stereo mixed stems and position them into a 3D space. Creating a fully immersive and inspiring Dolby Atmos master. It doesn’t matter if your song is already released in stereo. You can submit your songs mixed stems and stereo master to be matched and delivered back to you ready to release as a Dolby Atmos ADM on streaming platforms.

    No, your song can be mixed in stereo and then positioned in Dolby Atmos. Your mix balance and processing is kept the same but with the added benefit of positioning each stem into a 3D space in Dolby Atmos.

    There are a few major benefits of releasing a Dolby Atmos master.

    • Superior Sound when compared to a standard stereo master. A Dolby Atmos master can achieve a sound that has more space, depth and is overall more true to life and pleasing to the ear.
    • More Royalties from streaming platforms. You will earn a better percentage of royalties from streaming platforms when release a Dolby Atmos master.
    • Online Algorithms will favour songs that are released in Dolby Atmos as well as stereo, especially Apple Music that say that the preferred format is Dolby Atmos/Spatial Audio.
    • Future Proofed with Dolby Atmos. Dolby Atmos is going to eventually replace stereo on all streaming platforms. By releasing your music now in Dolby Atmos ensures you are future proofed and ready for the inevitable switch.
    • Better Chance Of Being Playlisted. By releasing a Dolby Atmos master you will have a far better chance of being playlisted on certain platforms. Being playlisted can make or break a release.

    There is technically no difference. Apple Spatial is what Apple call it and Dolby Atmos is what everyone else calls it. Apple spatial is played back through Apple’s own codec. All other streaming platforms playback using the Dolby Atmos codec.

    By adding + Additional Dolby Atmos Master to your order, you will receive back any of the following mixes mastered in Dolby Atmos.

    • Instrumental
    • Radio Edit (additional stems must be supplied)
    • Extended Edit (additional stems must be supplied)

    By adding + Additional Stereo Master to your order, you will receive back all additional mixes provided mastered through the same mastering chain as the original mix.

    • Instrumental
    • Acapella (vocal bus only)
    • Performance Mix (version with lead vocal removed)
    • Radio Edit (additional stems must be supplied)
    • Extended Edit (additional stems must be supplied)

    Orders / payment must be made before work on your song begins. This ensures our engineers, take the necessary time and care required to return you the very best master.

    Dolby Atmos Mastering includes 2 revisions. Mastering revisions give you the peace of mind that the end result is going to be exactly as you want it. On the rare occasion you exceed 2 revisions, you can always purchase more via our revisions and re-runs page.

    If you need to change the mix in any way after mastering there is a master re-run fee of £20. This small charge covers the engineers time to reprint the Dolby Atmos master.

    If work has not yet begun on your song, you can simply get in touch with us and replace the files.

    If work has already begun on your song and you need to replace the stems. Two outcomes will occur.

    If the mix is technically the same song and same mix but there is a change resulting in the song needing to be re-run. There is a small charge of £20 to cover the time the engineer must take to re-run your song.

    If the mix is completely different or a different song altogether, a new order for mastering will need to be placed. The reason for this is because mastering will need to be started from scratch and the previous master scrapped.

    Before sending your song always make sure that the stems play back correctly and the files you are sending is the mix you intend to be mastered.

    Your stems can be uploaded safely and securely via our upload form in your account here. Bypass all processing you may have on your master bus. For Dolby Atmos mastering it is very important that the stems playback 100% identical to the finished stereo mix. Please bear in mind that no mixing or volume adjustments are made to each individual stem. All sound design processing must be left active on each stem. Do not normalize stems or change their volume. Playback of your stems should be exactly as your finished stereo mix plays back. We recommend loading your stems into a new DAW session and referencing against your finished stereo mix to ensure playback of your stems is correct.

    • File Type: Wav
    • Bitrate: 16/24/32bit
    • Sample Rate: 44,1kHz – 96kHz
    • Headroom: -3db / -6db

    If you are only ordering Dolby Atmos mastering you will need to supply your stereo master. It is important that we sync the timeline of the Dolby Atmos master to the stereo master. This ensures playback on streaming platforms can switch between stereo and Dolby Atmos seamlessly.

    The Dolby Atmos ADM and stereo master can be given to your desired distributor to release on platforms such as Apple Music, Tidal and Amazon Music. The Dolby Atmos and stereo masters sit alongside each other and depending on which format the listener has their device set to will determine which version they will hear. It is highly important that the Dolby Atmos and stereo versions perfectly sync with each other. If they do not sync perfectly your masters will be rejected.

    Yes, if you are distributing Dolby Atmos you will also need to distribute a stereo master. The two files play alongside each other and need to play in sync with each other too. The reason for this is that on streaming platforms you will be able to switch between the two formats on the fly and by doing so switches from stereo to Dolby Atmos instantly. If in sync your files simply switch from one to the other seamlessly.

    Get in contact with us via email and we can simply replace the files. Please be sure to get in contact with us ASAP to ensure we have the correct files to work with before work commences. If work has already started on your Dolby Atmos mastering and the entire song requires new stems, charges will apply.

    A good Dolby Atmos engineer will be able to work with all genres of music not just one. At Audio Animals we pride ourselves on the fact that we work with all genres of music from every corner of the globe. Being an online Dolby Atmos mixing and mastering studio working worldwide there is not a genre of music we have not worked with.

    All music works well mastered in Dolby Atmos. Some better than others. The more stems you are able to provide the more immersive and spacious your Dolby Atmos master will sound.

    Stereo masters are returned in the following formats, if you require any others, please let us know: 

    • 96kHz 24bit wav
    • 48kHz 24bit wav
    • 44.kHz 24bit wav
    • 44.1kHz 16bit wav

    Dolby Atmos masters are returned in the following formats:

    • 48kHz 24bit wav ADM
    • 96kHz 24bit wav ADM
    • 96kHz 24bit wav binaural mix
    • 96kHz 24bit wav re-renders
    • 768kbs mp4

    Yes for Dolby Atmos mastering all plugins must be left active. The playback of stems should be identical to the finished stereo mix and include all plugins and automation. We recommend loading your stems into a new DAW session and referencing against your finished stereo mix to ensure playback of your stems is correct.

    For Dolby Atmos mastering all panning must be active and playback of your stems must playback identically to the finished stereo mix. We recommend loading your stems into a new DAW session and referencing against your finished stereo mix to ensure playback of your stems is correct.

    100% yes, automation should always be active. Automation is part of your mix and if removed results in an unfinished mix. All automation including volume, modulation, EQ, reverb or delay automation must be kept active. We recommend loading your stems into a new DAW session and referencing against your finished stereo mix to ensure playback of your stems is correct.

    For Dolby Atmos mastering reverb must be printed to the stems or delivered as a 100% wet stem. It is important that playback of the stems plays back 100% identically to the finished stereo mix.

    For Dolby Atmos mastering delay must be printed to the stems or delivered as a 100% wet stem. It is important that playback of the stems plays back 100% identically to the finished stereo mix.

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