Big Mastering (Raf Chavez)

Mastering Engineer

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The best & affordable Music Mastering for Independent Artists, Labels & Podcasts, handcrafted to your Sound & Genre. Hear my Masters on Be Rich Records, Wile Out Records, Delight Records, Do You Even Influence and more with releases supported via Triple J & Spotify. Unlimited Revisions & Satisfaction Guaranteed.

My job is to make sure your Master is perfect for release, nothing less.

As a working artist I know the importance that every single part has to your craft and how every label submission, playlist pitch & release needs as much care as possible from start to finish.

so I offer Mixdown Feedback at no charge before we get started with no obligations. Revisions/notes are always encouraged so there's zero risk for you.

Pricing:

- Stereo Bus Master
$35

- Stem Mastering
$50 (6-8 Stems)

- Stem Mix/Mastering
$120 (9 - 14 Stems)

- Podcast/Youtube Mix/Mastering
$80

Podcast & Youtube Mix/Mastering includes:

- De-Rooming (Getting rid of that 'Zoom' background sound)
- De-Noising (Getting rid of hiss or Hum)
- De-Clicking (Gets rid of dry mouth 'clicking' when close to the microphone)
- Volume Levelling (Makes sure everyone is always heard)
- Manual Editing of Overlaps in conversation

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

20 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Damian D.
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    Very professional, and works/delivers very fast. I can't recommend enough.

  2. Review by James B.
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    Love working with Raf and Big Mastering. Such a breeze every time

  3. Review by James B.
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    Another awesome job done by Raf. At this point we are using them every week. Highly recommended

  4. Review by Liam K.
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    Professional Service, quick turnaround, quality end product. Would highly recommend

  5. Review by James B.
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    Raf is the BOSS

  6. Review by James B.
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    You should hire Raf because they are great!

  7. Review by James B.
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    If I could give Raf 10 stars out of five I would

  8. Review by Hayden A.
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    Always a huge pleasure working with Raf. He is incredibly quick, very professional, always takes on feedback well and efficiently, and ultimately gets some of the biggest sounds going round. I can't recommend him more highly! Another successful job in the bag.

  9. Review by TNKMSC
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    Raf is the only engineer ill ever work with. This is my 7th song working on with Raf and as always there is zero issues and all communication is actioned and taken onboard. Can honestly never fault Boss!

  10. Review by James B.
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    Hire Raf! They ROCCCKKKKKK

  11. Review by amaan s.
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    Once again, Raf's services and commitment to exceptional quality mastering were more than I could have hoped for. He is my go-to for mastering services hands down <3

  12. Review by Adrian L.
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    Realy nice!

    Raf was very fast with answering and very accurate by talking about the Mix.
    The final result is very nice and exactly what i wanted for my track.

    Would definitely work with Raf again.

  13. Review by amaan s.
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    Raf is a thorough professional and I will always seek/recommend his services when I need top-notch mixing and mastering services.

  14. Review by Javier S.
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    Highly recommend! The mix came out clean and the mastering exceeded my expectations. He hit the reference track perfectly. So hit this man up if you want your tracks to sound professional.

  15. Review by Azlade
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    Did an incredible job! Easy to communicate with, fast turn-around, and is extremely knowledgeable about mixing and mastering.

    Highly recommend!

  16. Review by SPE3D
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    If you want amazing mixing/mastering services, you are in the right place. Raf will always listen to your concerns and feedbacks and ultimately deliver the final track exactly how you had envisioned it. Working with him was a breeze and I would highly recommend his services.
    I had an amazing experience and was over the moon with how the final master of my song sounded.

  17. Review by TNKUGO
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    Rafael from day 1 was an amazing engineer to work with. Communication was fast and easy and extremely helpful if we ever needed any mixing help. The quality of sound has far exceeded our expectations and i truly cant imagine working with anyone else again. Thankyou Raf! You truly are the boss

  18. Review by Astroreign
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    I had just a few days left on a deadline, and within that time Raf provided an exceptional master. He somehow made my track sound silky smooth while also enhancing the existing aggressiveness of the track. I wanted one revision and he got it done in less than an hour.

    This level of service exceeds industry standards. I will definitely work with him again.

  19. Review by Javier S.
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    Amazing engineer! Definitely worth it. He made my simple boring track sound like a Grammy nominated song. Highly recommend!

  20. Review by Hayden Annable (SIRAK)
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    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 (Raf Chavez)

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. 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.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Working on 2021's line of releases alongside artists in AUS, NZ and the US.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Unfortunately not, but hopefully soon I will.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Personally digitally, but I live in a digital world of Music.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: That i'll listen and be as eager to show the end result off as you will be.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. 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.

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

  14. A: Q: What's your signal flow? A: ooohh...well...uuhhhh. I could tell you...

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. 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.

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

  18. A: What would you hope your reaction is when receiving the final product?

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

  20. 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.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. 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?

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

  24. 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.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. 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)

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. 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.

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

  30. 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.

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

  32. A: EDM/Bass Music however Hip Hop and Modern pop tends to fit into this as well.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. 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.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. 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.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. 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.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. 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.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. 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

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

  44. 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.

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