"Sonically Superior" is more than a just a logo, it is definition of quality recording.  In today's technology driven world, almost any electronic device can have the capability to record, from a laptop to a phone to a camera.  But is that the means to convey your artistic vision to the world?  At Patchwerk, we want to educate the artist and the fans on the necessity to achieve the best recordings possible - let the people hear the difference in a basement recording vs a well recorded, mixed and mastered song.  To help define the elements of a proper musical experience, we have created the "Sonically Superior" seal and recognition program.  Anytime you see the "Sonically Superior" seal on a recording you know it has met the stringent requirements necessary to bring the fans the best in audio fidelity.  The programs guidelines are outlined below.

 

Sonically Superior Guidelines

The following guidelines define a record as “Sonically Superior”.  A record must meet all guidelines to earn the “Sonically Superior” seal.  This seal is not just a mark, but defines a record as encompassing a sound quality of the highest level.

 

Parameters for all Tracks

• All tracks recorded at 24bit, 44k or higher.

• All tracks wav or aiff files – no mp3s.

• All tracks recorded between -10 and +6 vu or

-12 and -3 digital (top 1/4 of digital meters).

• All tracks separated – no 2-tracks (instrumentals or accapellas).

 

Sequenced Tracks

• Can be bounced out and imported into sessions as long as all above parameters are met.

 

Live Instrument Tracks

• All live instruments recorded at professional studio.

• Definition of professional studio would be designed and built by acoustical engineers.

• Studio uses professional grade equipment – not consumer.

• Studio would have been involved in at least 6 commercially released records.

 

• Recorded by professional engineer.

• Definition of professional engineer is an individual who records as a career.

• Engineer has at least 6 commercial releases to his name

(this is also Grammy specification for professional engineer).

 

Vocal Tracks

• All vocals recorded at professional studio.

• Definition of professional studio would be designed and built by acoustical engineers.

• Studio uses professional grade equipment – not consumer.

• Studio would have been involved in at least 6 commercially released records.

 

• Recorded by professional engineer.

• Definition of professional engineer is an individual who records as a career.

• Engineer has at least 6 commercial releases to his name

(this is also Grammy specification for professional engineer).

 

Mixing

• Mixed at professional studio.

• Definition of pro studio would be designed and built by acoustical engineers.

• Studio uses professional grade equipment – not consumer.

• Studio would have been involved in at least 6 commercially released records.

 

• Mixed by professional engineer.

• Definition of professional engineer is an individual who mixes as a career.

• Engineer has at least 6 commercial releases to his name

(this is also Grammy specification for professional engineer).

 

• Mix printed with at least 3db headroom for Mastering.

 

Mastering

• Mastered in professional mastering studio.

• Definition of professional mastering studio would be designed and built by acoustical engineers specifically for mastering – not used for recording or mixing.

• Studio uses professional grade equipment – not consumer.

• Studio uses only Mastering DAWs (Sadie, Sequoia, Pyramix, Audio Cube or Sonic Solutions).

• Room calibrated to SMPTE RP-200 standards (85db).

• Studio would have been involved in at least 6 commercially released records.

 

• Mastered by professional engineer.

• Definition of professional mastering engineer is an individual who masters as a career.

• Engineer has at least 6 commercial releases to his name

(this is also Grammy specification for professional engineer).