Preparing for Mastering
Recording Academy Tools, Tips, Guidelines, and Recommendations
• 44-16 Folder - 44.1kHz, 16-bit tracks for CD reference / digital upload where 24-bit aren’t accepted
• 44-24 Folder - 44.1kHz, 24-bit for Digital Download sites and Mastered For iTunes acceptable (please contact your digital distribution aggregate directly to speak to them about their submission process for accepting MFiT files)
• 48-24 Folder - 48kHz, 24bit. If you are using the songs with video or YouTube, use these
• 96-24 or 88-24 Folder - 96kHz, 24-bit or 88.2kHz, 24-bit Hi-Res Mastered files (HD streaming sites such as Tidal accept these)
Technical Guidelines for Producers and Engineers
Although in many ways the music industry’s transition from an analog to a digital world has increased convenience and creative choices, it has also presented new challenges and problems for those working in the field. This fact has prompted many members of the P&E Wing to collaborate in volunteer committee groups to address these problems and provide solutions.
Visit the grammy.com website for helpful documentation on technical guidelines, documentation, and more:
We recommend these publications for all things audio engineering:
Tape Op has been printing great interviews, tips, and gear reviews since 1996. Plus, it's free! A must-read for any engineer.
This is the definitive book on mastering, and an indispensible resource for anyone working in audio.
A fascinating read by a Ph.D. and top cognitive neuroscience researcher into how our brains interpret music.