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!

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

85 Reviews - 21 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Angus G.
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    Todd is brilliant! Great communication and attention to detail and most of all, great sounding masters.

  2. Review by Chris T.
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    What a privilege to have Todd available to master my songs! He does such a great job, and is extremely easy to communicate with. His experience really shows up in his wonderful work.

  3. Review by Charlie D.
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    Todd is great! Very communicative, quick, and easy to work with. Highly recommend!

  4. Review by Frederik D.
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    Very satisfied of the mastering service of Todd: great communication, quick service, low price but very high quality. We will work again with him in the future.

  5. Review by Travis S.
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    Once again, Todd came through.. very quick, sounds great. Thanks Todd

  6. Review by Sujith R.
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    Super Fast Turn out!...Very friendly to deal.!

  7. Review by Alfie G.
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    Excellent price, great sounding results. The master was finished quickly and i couldnt be happier!

  8. Review by ΣκΡ
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    Great quality services that comes from a philanthrope if we consider the pricing.

  9. Review by Alessandro
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    He know what he does, recommended!

  10. Review by Shoshana Klein
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    Todd was very friendly and very straightforward with what he wanted, the job was simple and fun to play!

  11. Review by Callum Bishop
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    Quick and great results once again!

  12. Review by Chris T.
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    Todd's work is top notch, and an absolute bargain. He's also very friendly and communicative. Plus, he turned the job around super, super quickly!

  13. Review by Jack Y.
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    Todd exceeded our expectations. We were sent several different master versions to help us arrive at something great. He answered questions and listened to feedback like a pro. Don't be fooled by his low rates, the quality he delivers is worth much more. Would recommend, and will consider returning in the future, thanks Todd!

  14. Review by Connor M.
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    He did an amazing job for my latest track as well as 2 before

  15. Review by Jason P.
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    It was an absolute pleasure working with Todd. Will definitely have him work on future projects.

  16. Review by wayne
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    An absolutely brilliant job.

  17. Review by John G.
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    I was very happy with the work Todd did on my song and look forward to doing business with him.

  18. Review by Andrew H.
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    Extremely fast turnaround time and all my songs sounded amazing! Such a straightforward and great experience with Todd

  19. Review by Ivan M.
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    Fast, good and accommodating.

  20. Review by Craig R.
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    Great working with Todd. Fast turnaround and was very helpful in helping us determine whether we wanted a standard vs. a tape master.

  21. Review by Mat C.
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    I sent some rough demos to Todd and turned them into phenomenal-sounding recordings! I'm thoroughly impressed with Todd's Masters of my songs and will certainly be coming back to him with more songs in future.

    Todd was also extremely patient and answered all of my questions about the process. He went above and beyond to make sure I was satisfied.

    I recommend Todd's analog tape transfer mastering service and will be back for the same service in future.

  22. Review by Andy S.
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    Awesome working with Todd, clear and straightforward communication as well! So happy with the final product.

  23. Review by Chris T.
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    Todd's mastering work sounds great and is budget friendly. Turnaround time was super quick. He's a pro!

  24. Review by Dan Soto
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    Todd gets a great sound with a quick turnaround - highly recommended!

  25. Review by Gavin P.
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    Todd did a great job with my track. He was flexible, responsive, and quick. Definitely recommend, I'll be back for more.

  26. Review by Carl L.
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    Todd is a mastering maven, and works fast, too - at no detriment to the final product. He not only helped me normalize and congeal the sonic characteristics of my album, but offered friendly advice and knowledge from past experience along the way. Take it from me and the many other positive reviews here, what you're getting when working with Todd - and for a price that can't be beat - is nothing short of spectacular. My most dear and humble thanks!

  27. Review by Mike v.
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    Great communication and even better end product. Loved the tracks Todd mastered for my band. He works fast too! Would definitely love to work with Todd again in the future. Thank you!

  28. Review by Neoborn Caveman
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    Todd has just done it again, way more surpassing my expectations and really (really) walking the extra miles for this mastering!

    He has good advices and very communicative, too.

    Highly recommended!

  29. Review by Gustavo G.
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    Todd did a great job, working fast and taking time to review tracks and explain technical issues regarding the mastering process. Very happy with his delivery.

  30. Review by Adrien F.
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    This is the second time I hire Todd to work on the mastering of my songs. He really went the extra mile to ensure he delivered the best result and I absolutely love what he did. Would highly recommend !

  31. Review by Simon
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    Todd was super efficient and helped clean up what were admittedly some pretty rough live recordings. And you just can't beat that price.

  32. Review by Matt A.
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    Todd Tobias has now mastered four of my albums. He works quickly and always does a great job! Highly recommended.

  33. Review by Pablo Payson
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    Always a great and fast job!

  34. Review by Adrien F.
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    Very good experience. Todd was very fast with his replies and with the job, I sent 2 songs yesterday and have them mastered today, with one revision.

  35. Review by Travis S.
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    Todd is a nice guy and I am very happy with my tape masters. Fast too!

  36. Review by wayne
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    Excellent all round service.

  37. Review by Pablo Payson
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    Todd realizó un excelente trabajo!! Lo recomendaría a cualquiera!

  38. Review by colin brand John Travalto
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    nice guy, best work possible...

  39. Review by Geusseppe González
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    Spectacular job. Very kind and patient with my needs. I'm fully satisfied with the final result as it gave a professional touch to my job. I totally recommend Todd and I hope I'll work with him again in the near future.

  40. 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!

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

  42. Review by Arthur Vieira
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    just perfect <3

  43. Review by colin brand John Travalto
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    nice work, best possible

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

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

  47. 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.

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

  49. Review by Mind Unraveled
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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

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

  51. 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

  52. Review by Ray Gone
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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.

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

  54. Review by Chris T.
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    Super quick turnaround

  55. 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.

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

  57. Review by Alessandro Berrone
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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!

  58. 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!

  59. 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!

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

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

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

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

  64. Review by Neoborn Caveman
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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!

  65. 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!

  66. 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!

  67. Review by Eric Burgis
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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.

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

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

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

  71. 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.

  72. 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!!

  73. 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!

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

  75. 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!

  76. 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!

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

  78. 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!

  79. 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.

  80. 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!

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

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

  84. 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.

  85. 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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Turn-around time: 4 days

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  • wavelab editing and mastering program
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Mastering at $10 per song (tape transfer $15 per song)* *Price listed is for 2 or more songs.