This new service offers the opportunity to have recordings mastered by Abbey Road Studios'' award-winning engineers in their mastering suites. The online mastering service will operate on a cost-per-track basis for mastering with a fixed-price-per-format for vinyl master. Final delivery will take a maximum of five working days beginning from point of purchase.
After creating a user account at abbeyroadonlinemastering.com, 2 GB of audio can be uploaded onto a secure server where products and services can be selected as required before making payment. Files for upload must be uncompressed stereo WAV or AIFF files, with a bit depth of 16 or 24 bits and a sampling frequency of 44.1 kHz and upward.
Abbey Road Online Mastering work will be carried out in its mastering rooms, which house a varied range of classic analog equipment and the latest in digital hardware and software technologies—namely, the original EMI TG mastering consoles with SADiE 5 PCM8 DAW. The studios are all also equipped with Neumann cutting lathes for vinyl; Meyer and B&W main monitoring; Benchmark AD/DAs; outboard from Prism, Weiss, Junger, SPL and TC Electronic; and an extensive range of CEDAR software plug-ins.
Once the tracks have been mastered, users will receive notification that they are ready for download via e-mail and a message through their Abbey Road Online Mastering homepage with tracks available for download for one calendar month. Abbey Road will also provide a reference for listening purposes and the finished master either as a WAV, downloadable DDP Image File or an audio PMCD. Vinyl will be provided in the format requested, which can either be 7-inch single, 12-inch single or LP album. Additional copies can be produced on CD or vinyl format.