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Generally mastering from stereo mixes is the way to go. However, if you feel your mixes are lacking in some area there is another way that can yield exceptional results.
Mastering from stems:
Stems are bus outputs, for example, your drum mix or your vocal group mix, printed to file. Using group mixes increases flexibility in mastering 10 fold. Just by splitting the drums from the rest of the mix and supplying two stereo .wav's that have the exact same start point, we have the mix as intended plus more room to move in mastering.
Right: For example, drum group + everything-else-minus-drums group comes to mastering - similarly if your weak point is vocals, the vocal track can be presented separately Also supplied must be a complete stereo mix for our reference.
We highly recommend working with stems if you are at all doubtful of some aspects of your mix. We are happy to recommend for or against if you supply your mixes for a mix check before mastering.
We also highly recommend, especially if you happen to be working from home, that you check your mixes with us before mastering. We will give you general feedback and suggest where changes could be applied. Your finished product can only benefit from a quick check over from a mastering perspective and will ensure the whole procedure runs smoothly and at optimum. This service is provided free of charge. Upload your mixes here for free mix appraisal at any time during your mixing process.
While mixing, think about frequency balance, not just level balance. And don't be shy to make good use of the stereo field. Use 44.1khz/24bit or 88.2khz/24bit if you must (avoid 48khz or 96khz for music)