- Excited to be Starting on SoundBetter - A JMC Distinction Graduate with 10+ Years in Production & Mix/Mastering. Specialising in the expansive world of EDM & Bass Music. Worked with Australian Heavyweight's Vicious Recordings/Be Rich and niche international labels such as Top Billin', Wile Out and many indie artists in between.
The Music and Events industry has been home for almost 13 years now with my niche continually managing to re-nestle in Production, Mixing & Mastering.
Label, Solo or Collaborative, the feeling of working with someone and getting their creative vision to a point they’re proud to put it out into the world has always brought me back here. Giving people’s art the care that it deserves, helping you out in ways where you may not need me anymore and along the way learning for my own craft is what this is about.
This isn’t just a business. It’s something i'm passionate about that's resonated in all aspects of my work.
I've been working as an Artist and know the importance that every single small part of a piece makes, so Revisions and notes are encouraged. If you have even the smallest, niggling thing in mind, I'd implore you to say it. Nothing is too small to be taken care of, I want you to be as proud of the end result as I am.
I include the following at all times by default:
- Mixdown feedback (Zoom or E-mail/Messenger)
- Processing/Signal Flow suggestions prior to delivery of pre-master
- Full Bounce Guidelines PDF
- 5 Revisions of each Master
Prices are as Follows:
- Stereo Bus Master $80 AUD
- Essentials Group/Stem Mastering $150 AUD (6-8 Stems)
- Complete Group/Stem Mastering $250 (9 - 14 Stems)
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
2 ReviewsEndorse Big Mastering
Amazing engineer! Definitely worth it. He made my simple boring track sound like a Grammy nominated song. Highly recommend!
Raf is amazing to work with. He achieved amazingly huge sounds while maintaining clarity and definition throughout all frequencies and parts. A very musical ear, with great ideas on how to make the most of our track and really elevate it. If you’re after big sounds, here’s your man!
Interview with Big Mastering
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: One release that may have been the quickest turn around in production was a remix I produced, mixed and Mastered for a Japanese artist. Within 2 days from beginning to end resulted in the track itself being signed to a large Japanese based label, upon meeting the label owners on one of their tours of Japan, they let me know they were opening almost all of their shows with this song. Something not necessarily enormous in the West, but knowing something I had produced, Mixed and Mastered in 2 days had gotten such a wild response on the other side of the world was really humbling.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working on 2021's line of releases alongside artists in AUS, NZ and the US.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Unfortunately not, but hopefully soon I will.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Personally digitally, but I live in a digital world of Music.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That i'll listen and be as eager to show the end result off as you will be.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The moment people get finals back and just can't wait to release their music. Part of it is seeing someone so pleased with their work, they other part may be purely my ego haha.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: What's your signal flow? A: ooohh...well...uuhhhh. I could tell you...
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That any template will work for any genre. There's no one size fits all for Mastering. Each song is different, each guitar, each synth, every single bit is different. So each project needs to be treated differently.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What would you hope your reaction is when receiving the final product?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Feel free to hit that contact button and let's chat. You're under no obligation and i'm happy to take the time to see if we work.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Audeze LCD-1's (because you can't treat a room on a desert Island) Max Spec Macbook Pro (Gotta assume Power is unlimited on this island yeah?) A phenomenal Soundcard & Headphone Amp. I'd be pretty happy with my Fireface UCX Maybe a pair of Munro Egg 150's?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Production/Mix/Mastering for over 10 years all the while working in Live Sound and AV Event Management with DJ'ing on top of that to boot. All with varying degrees of passion however Production/Mix/Mastering has always been the consistent that I'm now lucky enough to have take up my time.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Music Style: Fun, loud and Eclectic. Work style: The exact opposite, Calm, quiet and borderline nerdy. (the type of person who names every stem, has nothing on his desktop and makes/unmakes his bed each morning haha)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Must Die! Tynan, Excision, Illenium, Blanke. There's just so much happening sonically that almost always sounds perfect. It's so much fun finding out the best ways to achieve such a great sound.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: There is such a thing as too much. Especially in Audio. We're trying to cram as much 'Sound' into a finite amount of File Space/Headroom, so assign what takes up that space smarter, not harder.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: EDM/Bass Music however Hip Hop and Modern pop tends to fit into this as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Communication and Objectivity. I try to actively listen to what you say you need, whether it's pointing to a reference track or just describing how you want it to sound. I pride myself in taking the time to listen and deliver as discussed.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: That extra bit of polish to make the song stand out. It's transparent but noticeable, that moment when you hear a song come on your Spotify and go "oh wow, this sounds good". It's not just Loud, but it's clear, anyone can make a mix loud, but it's about making it loud & clear.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Mastering and Mixing works best when the Pre-Master is also clean. So I like to make sure I take the time with the client so they can deliver the best possible Pre-Master which helps me now but also helps them in the future. We're in this for the best result for the client, so communication is always first on my mind and then the project itself. Put in a first take for the Master and take the time to get Notes, pay attention and adjust.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The Centre of is all is my Fireface UCX which has never skipped a beat and two original spec KRK VXT's with full curved outer shell and ABS Foaming on the inside, they are consistent and incredible in any room. Pair this with Hi Density Monitor foam for the base and Tom Tom Acoustics 100mm Treatment around my room, I've never been so comfortable in a space.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Sub-Human who is another Mastering/Mix Engineer from Melbourne who I feel has a very similar outlook to Mastering as I do alongside Jack The Bear who very much resonates with me on the nurturing aspects of Art and specifically Mixing/Mastering
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Equally would be production and Mixing and Mastering however lately i've been lucky enough to have more people approach me for Mastering work. Something i've been quite proud of as it's been purely via people requesting me to.