XARC Mastering Service

Hello and thank you for your interest in XARC Mastering.

XARC Mastering is a online mastering service, that means we do the
complete process online. If it is the receiving of the tracks from you or the
sending out of the ready mastered tracks to you or the payment, all is
done over the internet. That means no mailcosts and no long waiting times
for you. In the best case it can only take some hours until you get your
ready mastered song back.

What XARC Mastering can do for you:

High Quality Mastering of your songs

  • Any input and output format you want (.WAV, .AIFF, MP3 (not
    recommended because of soundquality decrease))
  • Any input and output Hz/Bit resolution you want (f.e. 96KHz, 64bit
    Floating Point)
  • Denoising (f.e. old Tape recording)
  • Declicking / Decrackle (f.e. Vinyl)
  • Dehumming (f.e. Humming from a Power Supply Unit)
  • Adding the right equalizing (making the frequency response natural to
    the ears and matching the tracks of your album)
  • Adding punch, transparency and “warmth”
  • Making the Stereo-Image perfect, so that no out-of-phase artefacts occur
  • Bringing the level up to the maximum
  • Limiting the maximal peaks to industry standard
  • Apply Dithering to keep more bits in the destination bit resolution
    (f.e. when dithering from 32bit to 16bit you can almost have 20bit quality
    in the final 16bit file)
  • All processing is done in the highest possible bit-resolution, mostly 64bit
    Floating Point
  • You take influence on what we do, just drop us some notes how your
    song should sound (f.e. much bass and in-your-face) and we will do it.

Mastering can also include editing (f.e. fades) and soundmatching of the
songs (for album or single). The output format you like is freely definable,
normally you get 44khz/16bit .WAV files ready for burning on CD.
But any other format is possible as well. You can also get a .CUE + .BIN file
(useful for album or single). So you dont have to worry about pauses or
any other things important for your Master CD.

Six Reasons Why Mastering is Needed.

Every recording deserves good mastering. When you’re through mixing,
your work is not finished. Mastering adds polish, it sounds more than just a
record…it becomes a work of art. The songs work together seamlessly,
their sound can take on a dimensionality and life that enhances even the
best mixes. Here are seven reasons why Mastering is needed.

  1. Ear Fatigue Most music today is produced by recording a multi track
    tape. The next step is the mixdown. This mixdown may take anywhere
    from 4 hours to 4 weeks, depending on the producer’s predilections, the
    artist’s whims, and the budget. Usually each tune is mixed in isolation.
    Rarely do you have the luxury to switch and compare the songs as you mix.
    Some mixes may be done at 2 o’clock in the morning, when ears are
    fatigued, and some at 12 noon, when ears are fresh. The result: Every mix
    sounds different, every tune has a different response curve.

  2. The Skew of the Monitors Monitoring speakers. It’s amazing when you
    think about it, but very few studios have accurate monitor systems. Did
    you know, placing speakers on top of a console creates serious frequency
    response peaks and dips? A typical control room is so filled with equipment
    that there’s no room to place a monitor system without causing comb-
    filtering due to acoustic reflections. And though your heart is filled with
    good intentions, how often do you have time to take your rough mixes
    around, playing them on systems ranging from boomboxes to cars to
    audiophile systems? Usually there is no time to see how your music will
    sound on various systems in different acoustic environments. The result:
    your mixes are compromised. Some frequencies stand out too much, and
    others too little.

  3. More Me The producer was supposed to be in charge. He tried to keep
    the artists out of the mix room. But something went out of control. The
    producer was gone for the day, or the bassist had a fit of megalomania. Or
    the artist decided to be his/her own producer. Whatever…all the mixes
    sound like vocal, or bass, or (fill in appropriate instrument) solos.

  4. May I Have Your Order, Please When mixing, you (the producer) often
    have no idea what order to put the tunes until after all the mixes are
    completed. If you physically compile these songs at unity gain, and listen to
    them one after another, it probably won’t sound like “a record.” Some
    tunes will jump out at you, others will be too weak; you may discover
    (belatedly) that some tunes are too bright or weak in the bass, or that the
    vocal is a little weak, or that the stereo separation is too narrow. These
    things actually happen, even after weeks in the studio, and the problems
    sometimes don’t become apparent until the album is assembled in its
    intended order, or auditioned in a good monitoring environment.

  5. The Perspective of another Trained Ear The Buck Stops Here. The
    Mastering engineer is the last ear on your music project. He can be an
    artistic, musical, and technical sounding board for your ideas. Take
    advantage of his special ear… many beautiful music projects have passed
    through his studio.

  6. Midi Madness Lately it sounds like everyone is using the same samples!
    Acoustic sounds are coming back in vogue, but perhaps you haven’t got
    the budget to hire the London Symphony. So, you had to compromise by
    using some samples. But you shouldn’t compromise on mastering. Good
    mastering can bring out the acoustic quality in your samples, increasing
    your chance of success in a crowded music field.

Mastering is a complex & precise art which requires experience &
qualifications in the subject. Masteringtime required for ONE song is often
over 4 hours. Where others take up to 50€/hour we offer flat fees for the
complete songs! This results in prices usually under 10€/hour!! And always
remember that their is the “dont pay it, if you dont like it” option for you at
anytime. And also think about the fact if you send out a demo to a label
you will have better chances in geting signed when your sound is different
from all the other low quality demos.

If you send your songs be sure that are ABSOLUTELY no additional effects
where applied after mixing (especially no dithering), as that would
decrease the quality of the mastering process.

NO RISK FOR YOU, if you want you get a demo of your mastered songs
before paying in MP3 format (including testtones). And if you dont like it,
simply dont pay for it!

Payment is done via PayPal or transfer to our bank account in Germany.
As soon as we receive the money on our account you get a link where you
can download your ready mastered songs.


Starting from as low as €39, contact us for the detailed rates.

Paying is also available in US Dollars applying the current US Dollar - Euro
exchange rates.

If you are interested in our service, contact us via email at
xarc.mastering@gmx.net for the details.

Yours sincerely,
XARC Mastering Service (xarc.mastering@gmx.net)

your explanation is very fullfilling and convincing.

unfortunately your post will be deleted because no advertisings are admitted here<_<

No, apparently this particular ad is approved of by the team.

well, if they payed for it, then I’m happy to see some other kind of economical support for ReNoise :)

But please don’t put banners in the pattern editor :D

we made exception with this post. usually, advertising is not allowed here. please don’t flame it - simply read it if interested, if not, ignore it.

What a great idea!
Or even better, lets have a low, bassy male voice reading commercial texts between song plays for unregistered users. :P

Hm. Actually, that wasn’t such a bad idea :rolleyes:
Like every X hours of use, the music volume is turned down a bit and
a voice is played over the music telling you to register Renoise :)

wow, what an idea…

i’ll send you 10 samples or most adorable female voices i can find :)

“please register, and… get… me!”
“please register and take me!”
“please register and… render me to wave” :)

as I said some days ago on IRC, another good idea could be replacing the math questions in the nag screen with some ReNoise related questions (“which is the vibrato command letter?”), forcing newbies to check their mysterious ReNoise Help File (yes there is one :D ) :P

Actually, if you ever were to change the nag screen I think this would be a cool idea. :)

Atleast it’s original. B)

that one is even cooler! :)

Or both :)

We can have the “Renoise Voice™” politely ask you to register Renoise, perhaps with a theme song in the background, and put the user through a little quiz B)

The quiz could be a part of the online help system for registered users too, only they get to choose when to use it…

you can now reach us via WWW too.


XARC Mastering

something like this?


Does anyone have any testimonials to share?

I don’t like being the guinea pig :blink:

Foreign Presence,

if you have a question, shoot:)

XARC Mastering

I have no specific questions, I’m just after examples or testimonials of what you can do. If I send you a 40 second clip would you be willing to demonstrate? (if so and everything’s good then I’ll probably have a whole album or EP’s worth to send over the next few months)

Dear Renoise Community,

we now also accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express).

XARC Mastering
XARC Mastering

Dear Bantai,

Of course you can apply effects on separate tracks, we just mean dont apply effects on the final mixdown for getting the best results from the mastering process.

XARC Mastering

(In walks Mr. Paranoid)

“Uhm, I dunno. Won’t you kinda steal my music if it’s really REALLY good? Is there some disclaimer of some sort that protects me against this?”

Dunno If I’m the first to say this… this offer seems very good to me… If I only had some finsihed songs I would send 'em to you straight away,… has anyone tried xarc yet?