Mastering At CPM

Chris Pavey Mastering - Audio Mastering Cambridge UK | Free Mastering Samples Available

About CPM

Welcome to Chris Pavey Mastering, my passion is mastering and my love is music. CPM has developed over the last 7 years and I have worked with artists of all genres across the globe. My studio is located in a quiet village set in the rural surrounds of the Cambridge Fens - the perfect place to master!

What Is Mastering?

Mastering is the final process in the long chain of audio production. Remember, you only have one first impression with a piece of music, and a well mastered track will make a positive impression that stands out in todays competitive music industry.

A fresh pair of ears applying their input to your mix is never a negative move, and clients are always surprised on the details I can pick up on in their tracks.

Its not about the gear, its about the music and using only whats required to make the best sound possible!

How Do I Prepare My Tracks For Mastering?

At CPM I ask that my clients,

  • Provide the highest possible quality WAV/AIFF files. E.g if the track was recorded at 48kHz then please export at that level. CPM will not accept MP3 files. (Please let me know if this is the only copy of the track you have.)

  • Preferably 32Bit Float, or dithered 24Bit files. (Please get in touch if you need any assistance with preparing your mix files.

  • Make sure that your mix isn't clipping/going over 0dBFS.

  • Leave 1 to 2 seconds of silence before the first waveform (start point) of the track. Also 1 to 2 seconds of silence after the final audio as well. Make sure to check reverb tails/sustained notes are not cut off.

  • That all tracks are correctly labeled with a song title. (If album or EP please number in order. 01,02 etc.

  • If you need any help getting your mix ready please get in touch!

The CPM Studio

The CPM Studio

How Do I Receive My Masters?

Master transfer to clients is via secure DropBox link. The link will stay active for 1 month.

What will I receive?

I will provide you with all the formats and file types you will need. I do not charge for multiple formats.


The CD master, which you will use to publish and produce copies of, needs to conform to a 'Red Book' standard. This process includes sequencing of tracks into the playback order and authoring details. (ISRC codes/Track Names/Artist Name etc.) The CD masters will be exported as a DDP image for the client.

What is a ISRC - click here

What is a DDP - click here.

Apple Digital Masters

Chris Pavey Mastering is certified by Apple to provide Apple Digital Masters.

Apple Digital Masters, formerly known as MFiT, is a set of specifications that Apple and iTunes engineers created to make sure that masters sound their best after encoding for the iTunes format. All CPM masters are MFiT ready, and there is no additional charge for them.

Apple Digital Masters require that the file be at least 44.1kHz/24bit files, which I will provide for you.

This means that your music will receive the Apple Digital Masters certification on your iTunes release when submitted to iTunes. I will provide the information that needs to be submitted through your label or aggregator with your master files upon request. 

More Questions?

Questions are there to be asked, so anything else you need to know please,  - contact me