Music Mastering

Music Mastering Services

Music mastering is usually the term used when referring to preparing your audio mix for commercial release. This is typically the final step in the studio after completing your final mixdown.

The final step in the studio

It’s all about adding the final touches so having a good mix to begin with is vital here. Music mastering takes your good-sounding mix and then transforms it into a professionally finished master.

The first goal of this process is to correct any existing balance problems within the mix and enhance any specific characteristics desired for your signature sound. This includes adding EQ, compression and any limiting that is needed.

The second thing to consider with mastering is achieving consistency across all tracks. This is so that your whole release has a uniform sound and the same volume level between all tracks. This isn’t just about applying the same presets to all tracks but requires understanding the differences and adjusting the nuances within each individual track. The end result is a consistent and finished product.

We recognise that for independent artists it can sometimes be difficult to get the right engineer to give your tracks the finesse required for release. This is why we have partnered with a professional studio and expert mixing and mastering engineer who has over 25 years experience working within the music industry. They offer very competitive rates on services including, audio restoration, music mastering and are also an approved Apple Digital Masters engineer.

What you need to have

Please note that in order for tracks to be eligible for Apple Digital Masters mastering, they must be 24bit, not upscaled, and 96kHz or above. Any release that does not meet these requirements unfortunately cannot be given Apple Digital Masters status by Apple.

However, regular mastering is still available and  the lowest requirements for this is that tracks are 16bit and 44.1kHz.

Get your music Apple Digital Masters

  • Receive Apple Digital Masters approval.
  • The cost of this package is per track.
  • This package must be purchased in conjunction with one of our release packages (e.g single, EP, album or free package).

What is Apple Digital Masters?

Apple Digital Masters is a standard of high quality audio by Apple.

To have your releases and tracks marked and shown on the Apple Store as Apple Digital Masters you need to have your music mastered by an Apple approved mastering engineer.

Horus Music is proud to be partners with an Apple approved mastering engineer and can arrange the seamless high definition mastering of your release before delivering it to Apple.

How do I deliver tracks to you?

Sign up in the usual way and also choose your distribution package.

Upload your music to My Client Zone and we’ll then immediately inform our mastering engineer.  Once the tracks are mastered, we will receive them back and continue with the delivery process on your behalf.  We will also ensure the mastered tracks are sent back to you too.

What do we need?

  • Music in a WAV Format.
  • Audio must be supplied at 24 bit, 44.1 kHZ minimum .
  • 96K is also accepted, although this must not be upscaled.


VAT no: 892580977

All prices are inclusive of VAT.

Get your music mastered starting at £20

If you would like to open the discussion with our engineer then please email the distribution team. Our Apple Digital Masters package is available to purchase via our client zone.