Previously, we discussed how your band needs to have an intense and strong velocity to look good to industry types. As a record producer, I constantly see bands getting their records mastered nearly a year after we recorded the record. Not only does this slow down your band, but it makes your band look bad to the industry types. The smartest thing you can do is to book your mastering time at the same time you book your recording dates. Schedule it for two weeks after your recording session should be done (to leave room for Murphy’s Law), and you should be on the fast track to a timely release. Many mastering houses are booked far in advance so getting time as far in advance really helps cut down on 2-3 month waiting times. As well, if you recording session ends up taking longer than you expected, most Mastering houses are happy to accommodate you and switch your session with someone else as long as you keep a clear line of communication with them.