Todd Tobias

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Todd Tobias is a mastering engineer in the rock, acoustic, ambient, singer-songwriter, experimental, jazz and classical genres. Todd began his career with indie rock pioneers Guided by Voices in 2001.

BUDGET MASTERING services designed especially for the home-recording musician:
- $10 per song (for 2 or more songs) for standard mastering.
- $15 per song (for 2 or more songs) for mastering with analog tape transfer. A tape transfer can glue things together in a subtle way if you believe your mixes might benefit from that treatment.
- $25 per song (for 2 or more songs) for mastering the music and vocals separately for greater control over the sound of each (requires that you send separate music-only and vocal-only mix files for each track).

For a SINGLE SONG, mastering is $20/ $25/ $30 respectively for each service.
For podcast editing, the charge is $0.75 per minute of RAW audio.

I will provide the artist with 1) individual WAV data files for all mastered songs (ready for upload to bandcamp, soundcloud, etc.) AND if needed: 2) a physical production audio master disc for CD, cassette or vinyl LP manufacturing.

I will apply Equalization, compression and limiting among other tools, edit to your specifications and normalize the volumes across the board for all of your songs.

What you provide: a mix file for each song (.wav or .aiff format) with no dynamics processing applied (no compression or limiting - that's my job)
Thanks!

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Todd Tobias
  • Von Hayes
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Ricked Wicky
  • Ricked Wicky
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Circus Devils
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Guided by Voices
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Todd Tobias
  • Todd Tobias
  • Todd Tobias
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Boston Spaceships
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Boston Spaceships
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Mars Classroom
  • Mars Classroom
  • The Flower Machine
  • The Flower Machine
  • The Flower Machine
  • The Flower Machine
  • The Flower Machine
  • The Flower Machine
  • The Flower Machine
  • The Library Is on Fire
  • The Library Is on Fire
  • The Library Is on Fire
  • Graham Repulski
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Boston Spaceships
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
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  • Robert Pollard
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
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  • Circus Devils
  • The Cosmos
  • The Cosmos
  • Boston Spaceships
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Boston Spaceships
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Boston Spaceships
  • Takeovers
  • Von Hayes
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Spanish Prisoners
  • Spanish Prisoners
  • Spanish Prisoners
  • Spanish Prisoners
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Psycho & the Birds
  • Takeovers
  • DJ Irene
  • DJ Irene
  • DJ Irene
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Coffinberry
  • Coffinberry
  • Coffinberry
  • Daniel Desnoyers
  • Daniel Desnoyers
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Celebrity Pilots
  • Celebrity Pilots
  • Celebrity Pilots
  • Celebrity Pilots
  • Celebrity Pilots
  • Celebrity Pilots
  • Celebrity Pilots
  • Celebrity Pilots
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
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  • Robert Pollard
  • George Griggs
  • George Griggs
  • George Griggs
  • George Griggs
  • George Griggs
  • George Griggs
  • George Griggs
  • Psycho & the Birds
  • Psycho & the Birds
  • Psycho & the Birds
  • Keene Brothers
  • Psycho & the Birds
  • Nassau
  • Nassau
  • Nassau
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Clouds Forming Crowns
  • Clouds Forming Crowns
  • Clouds Forming Crowns
  • Clouds Forming Crowns
  • Takeovers
  • Takeovers
  • Takeovers
  • Celebrity Pilots
  • Celebrity Pilots
  • Celebrity Pilots
  • Celebrity Pilots
  • Celebrity Pilots
  • Celebrity Pilots
  • Celebrity Pilots
  • Celebrity Pilots
  • Celebrity Pilots
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Clouds Forming Crowns
  • Clouds Forming Crowns
  • Clouds Forming Crowns
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • The Moping Swans
  • The Moping Swans
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Robert Pollard
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • DJ Irene
  • DJ Irene
  • DJ Irene
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Guided by Voices
  • Ministry Offer
  • Ministry Offer
  • Ed Real
  • Rob Tissera
  • Ed Real
  • Rob Tissera
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • The Library Is on Fire
  • The Library Is on Fire
  • The Library Is on Fire
  • The Library Is on Fire
  • Hospital Garden
  • Hospital Garden
  • Ricked Wicky
  • Ricked Wicky
  • Ricked Wicky
  • Circus Devils
  • Von Hayes
  • Ricked Wicky
  • The Sorrys
  • The Sorrys
  • The Sorrys
  • Brother Earth
  • Brother Earth
  • Brother Earth
  • Brother Earth
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils
  • Circus Devils

46 Reviews - 6 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Alexandre L.
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    Having my project mastered by Todd was an excellent experience! Great communication and amazing fast delivery of a high quality master. I am very happy with the result and I would certainly recommend Todd's mastering services and ears!

  2. Review by Callum Bishop
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    Provided excellent results, with quick reply and project completion. Thanks!

  3. Review by Arthur V.
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    just perfect <3

  4. Review by colin b.
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    nice work, best possible

  5. Review by Willian M.
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    Todd's done a great job on my track and was very helpful and clear throughout the process. I'll definitely keep working with him.

  6. Review by Brian R.
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    Tood will bridge the gap between your home studio project and the music you hear on the radio! Throughout the process he was friendly, and was willing to go the extra mile to make sure everything was sounding as good as it could be! He will be my go to for all my future projects.

  7. Review by Dan Barracuda
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    Todd did excellent work, was very communicative and quick! I highly recommend him!

  8. Review by Joe V.
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    Todd was very helpful providing guidance when I had questions and was very patient. The final output was great and looking forward to working with him again.

  9. Review by Angus G.
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    Awesome! Tracks sound great and Todd got them back within 24 hours. Highly recommend!

  10. Review by Dustin D.
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    Fast and friendly. I got a 5 track ep done in just a few 2-3 days and when i needed the bit rate changed he was more than happy to help and got them back in 1-2 days. Very good for the price if you can't spend a ton on your project

  11. Review by Afshon O.
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    Very quick turnaround. Great communication.

  12. Review by Connor M.
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    Great guy to work with. A great price and great quality for said price. His customer service is really good too

  13. Review by Ray G.
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    Todd does a great job mastering making dynamic tracks with increasing volume and giving your song the bump it needs. Thanks Todd! Will definitely return.

  14. Review by Ryan
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    Todd comes through every time with great mastering. works fast no, BS. nice guy.

  15. Review by Chris T.
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    Super quick turnaround

  16. Review by Matt A.
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    Todd has mastered three of my albums, and he always does a great job! It was a pleasure working with him again.

  17. Review by TJ T.
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    Incredible sounding work, fast delivery.

  18. Review by Alessandro B.
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    It was a pleasure working with Todd.
    He’s very professional, great communication and flexibility.
    And obviously the result is great.
    Looking forward to working with him again in the future!

  19. Review by Than R.
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    Todd was great to work with and very patient through some delays and requests we had. The final tracks sounded great and at a very low cost. Highly recommended!

  20. Review by Michael B.
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    This is my second project with Todd and once again he did great work. The songs sound really good and his turnaround time was speedy. Recommended!

  21. Review by Brian H.
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    Great job! Working with Todd was a pleasure. Will definitely use again.

  22. Review by Mikko G.
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    Great production. It was a pleasure working with Todd. Highly recommended!

  23. Review by Christopher D.
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    Great masters, great price, quick turnaround. Couldn’t be happier.

  24. Review by Greg S.
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    Very fast, great results and more than reasonable rates. Would not hesitate to contract him again.

  25. Review by Laszlo J.
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    It was a great surprise and a pleasure to work with Todd who literally made my old songs alive after remastering them.
    He is a good communicator and it was easy to work with and answered all related or less related questions, besides, he did everything in a timely manner.

    I'll definately work with him in the future!

  26. Review by Thomas Y.
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    Todd's mastering really gave my songs life! His communication through the process was amazing, and he was very easy to work with! Another fantastic job!

  27. Review by Adam C.
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    Best mastering experience I've ever had. Todd is quick to respond, personable, and very clear/concise in terms of answering questions and letting you know what is needed. He has a great ear and applied just the kind of treatment to the tracks that I've paid much more for in the past but could never get. Outstanding quality and service - thanks Todd!

  28. Review by Eric B.
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    For anyone needing mastering in the genres mentioned, choosing Todd Tobias as your engineer should be a very easy decision to make. Every song on my project came back sounding more glued together, yet I am able to make out new details that weren't apparent on my original mixes. It's how I envisioned my music would sound if the production was given a big boost. I will definitely use Todd again for my future mastering needs.

  29. Review by Ryan
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    Todd Rules. Easy going, gets the job done quickly. Sounds great.

  30. Review by Jackson F.
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    Great job, great guy, will hire again

  31. Review by Matthew C.
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    Prompt communication, excellent work quickly done, a more than affordable price. The best value in rock.

  32. Review by Danny O.
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    Really quick turnover with great results. I made a few uploading blunders at first, which he was patient with and, most importantly, the tracks sounded fantastic.

  33. Review by Ruy J.
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    Todd was very fast and delivered the right results for our work! I definitely recommend his tape mastering service!!

  34. Review by Thomas Y.
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    Todd brought out the best of my mixes into really powerful masters. He communicated well throughout the project, and he delivered high quality with a fast turn around. I will work with him again and again!

  35. Review by Andrés J.
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    Great master, fast completion!

  36. Review by Paul B.
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    Working with Todd was an absolute pleasure. He read my notes, delivered high quality masters with clear communication throughout the entire process. I would not hesitate to work with him on future projects. Thank you, Todd!

  37. Review by Matt A.
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    It was great working with Todd Tobias again! My mastered tracks sound great, and were completed very quickly. Highly recommended!

  38. Review by Ryan
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    Todd Rules. Straight shooter, reliable. Will continue to use him for my mastering needs.

  39. Review by Martin S.
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    Todd did a great job, it sounds great, he was fast and for a low price. What more can you ask for? Thank you!

  40. Review by Jonathon L.
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    Todd did a fantastic job mastering our album. The tape transfer process he uses added a real warmth to our recordings.
    His prices represent ridiculously fantastic value, we will definitely be using his services again and would highly recommend him.

  41. Review by Michael B.
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    Been a long time fan of Todd's work with Circus Devils and Robert Pollard. Stoked to have had him work on my project. The results came out great!

  42. Review by Ryan
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    Todd is responsive, straightforward and made our recordings sound great. Quality work, quick turnaround and we will definitely use him again.

  43. Review by Matt A.
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    It was great working with Todd Tobias! He was very responsive, helpful, and our tracks sound great. I would recommend him, and will definitely work with him again in the future.

  44. Review by Justin S.
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    Todd was great to work with! He was fast and did a great job.

  45. Review by Xa
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    I had an absolutely perfect experience with Todd. I very highly recommend him and I hope to have the opportunity to have my songs mastered by him again in the future.

  46. Review by Liam D.
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    Had the track done in a couple of days. Cleaned it up and made my amateur mix sound a lot more professional. Didn't need any revisions

Interview with Todd Tobias

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: I master anything from rough, lo-fi rock to clean, acoustic music.

  3. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  4. A: rock, heavy rock, acoustic, lo-fi, ambient, instrumental, folk, singer-songwriter.

  5. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  6. A: Try to keep the bass drum and bass guitar in balance when you prepare your mixes. I often hear recordings where the bass guitar overwhelms the bass drum, and it's not possible to pull out the bass drum and make it 'thump' properly without also pushing up the bass guitar. Also, go easy on the EQ boosting on individual instruments. Try EQ reduction on unwanted frequencies, then boost the volume. It's another way of approaching it.

  7. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  8. A: I began as a musician and learned sound engineering as a necessity. Later on I took up mastering the albums I produced after learning from my master, Chris Keffer.

  9. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  10. A: I am here for clients who don't wish to spend a lot of money on expensive mastering. Sometimes high-end services are not required to achieve a positive result. If you have spent loads of money at a studio to record your songs, then you will probably not want to hire the "budget mastering guy"

  11. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  12. A: Do you need a physical master CD (to send to a manufacturer), or just the audio files?

  13. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  14. A: Both

  15. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  16. A: What is the benefit of a tape transfer? Transferring your mixes to tape adds tape compression and tape distortion - things difficult to replicate digitally. In can be very subtle but in general it can make the sound more lively and present. If you are happy with your mixes as they are, it might be best to go with standard mastering. But if your songs are digital and home-recorded, you might want to give a tape transfer a try.

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Terms Of Service

Turn-around time: 4 days

Gear Highlights
  • wavelab editing and mastering program
  • TEAC A-3340-S 1/4 inch reel tape deck for tape transfer
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SoundBetter Deal

Mastering at $10 per song (tape transfer $15 per song) for 2 or more songs.