Online Mastering means that data exchange and most of the communication happens online. The term online in this case does not mean the actual music or audio mastering. Online Mastering is also called Mix Online, Online Mastering Service or Mixing Mastering Online.
A common procedure is:
- First contact & agreement
- Online data transmission
- Implementation of customer feedback
- Finalization & sending of the audio master files
For mastering the Musician sends two separate stereo WAV files for vocal and instrumental. If more than two audio tracks are used, this is called stem mastering. This can make even more precise editing possible.
The Mastering Engineer processes the music according to the wishes of the Musician and then sends it to him. After implementing the customer's revisions, the publication for the relevant target outlets (Spotify, Youtube, CD, Vinyl, …) is exported and sent to the Musician.