WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR SPACING BETWEEN TRACKS?
In a professionally mastered album, the timing between songs are done on a custom basis, usually guided by the way one song ends and the next one starts as well as taking into account the style of music.
When we go through this process with attending clients, it is interesting to observe the differing opinions that people have. In other words, this is an artistic endeavour and, except for technically placing the start I.D., there are no rules here. Some clients are not at all concerned about this process whereas others are very interested in being part of the process.
So if you are interested and have not attended the mastering session, We can create the spaces and send you an mp3 of the album-at-once. You can then let us know if it's perfect or if you would like an adjustment. Then the ones that need changing are redone and, if only one or two, we will make excerpt for you to check.
Of course if you have any specific ideas in advance, please let us know. In rare cases, someone will send us a complete sequence or a couple of songs spaced together exactly how they want it so in that case, we will recreate it using the mastered audio.
On the other hand, our mastering engineer is perfectly happy and comfortable doing it himself without approval, if you like. However, once you get the master and then have an idea for spacing one or more tracks or don't like something that was done, it is relatively expensive to redo because of the necessity to adjust the space(es), redo the master and pay for a second courier.