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, a well mastered track will always 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. I will always maintain an independent view of the mixed tracks and will endeavour to add to and polish your mix without subtracting the feel or musical direction of the project.


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. The CD masters will be exported as a DDP image for the client.

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.

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

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. 

The CPM Studio

The CPM Studio

How Do I Receive My Masters?

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

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 and 24Bit then please export at that level. CPM will not accept MP3 files. (Please talk to me if this is the only copy of the track you have.)

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

More Questions?

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