Mastering is the final stage in making a record. Where we pull all the tracks together into a consistent whole, and bring the level up to commercial standards. Using our mastering-grade monitoring chain, high-end, hand-picked analogue chain and the finest digital tools available, we can surgically correct mix issues and bring your tracks to life.
Whether you need a pumped up, hard-hitting dancefloor shaker or a warm, organic tone for a delicate acoustic masterpiece, we use the tools and techniques to bring out the best in your tracks.
All new clients are eligible for a free mastering sample.
Online Mastering rates
Mastering gets easier with every track. That’s why our rates operate on a sliding scale. The more tracks you need, the cheaper they get.
|1-4 tracks||£30 per track|
|5-9 tracks||£28 per track|
|10+ tracks||£25 per track|
|Instrumental & alternate versions||£5 per track|
|mp3 mastering||£5 per track|
|Vinyl mastering||£10 per track|
All rates include up to five mastering revisions, and one mix revision. Files are delivered as CD quality WAV – 44.1kHz, 16 bit – as standard. Other formats available on request. Extras charged at the rates above. Contact us for a full quote.
We can provide production ready CDR masters for short runs of professionally duplicated CDs (<500). These are fully RedBook compliant, including PQ encoding, ISRC encoding and CD Text encoding. All CDs are burnt using Plextor CD drives and professional grade Taio Yuden stock, error checked using Plextor’s diagnostic tools.
Like it or not, mp3s and other lossy formats are part of the musical landscape. Despite what some may claim, even high quality mp3s (320kbps) don’t sound the same as CD. The encoding changes the sound and can even result in distortion.
By auditioning the codec in real-time, we can make adjustments to ensure you get the best sounding mp3 – as free from encoding artefacts as possible – for distribution on your website, Bandcamp, or anywhere else you have control over the file your fans download.
The techniques used to bring tracks to commercial levels in digital formats don’t play well with vinyl. If you’re pressing on wax, we recommend getting a separate set of pre-masters that use minimal A/D clipping and no brickwall limiting, leaving the cutting engineer room to adjust what he needs for the best possible result on his particular lathe.
Before/After mastering samples
Want to hear the difference mastering can make? The tracks on the left are the mixes as we received them, and on the right are the final product. Louder, yes. But also warmer, fatter and richer. When we master, we bring out the music, not just the level.
Uploading files for mastering
- Artist name
- Release title
- Track titles
- Running order
- ISRC codes (if you have them)
- Any notes you may have
- Any references you can provide
File delivery specs
Please ensure you send your mixdowns ready for mastering:
- As stereo interleaved, 24 bit WAV or AIFF
- At the sample rate your project is in
- With 3dB headroom – or at least no clipping
- With master limiters switched off
Any questions, simply email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call Nick on 07795 484452.