Lovingly mixing and mastering for balance, warmth, clarity and loudness. I want to maximise your music's potential and get it sounding crisp and modern for all listening environments.
I am the resident mastering engineer at ROOT73, a community arts and music organisation in London. I specialise in R&B/Hip Hop/Trap, and also work with Singer/Songwriters and Indie bands.
I will prepare your music to commercial standards ready for radio and digital release for an accessible price. Many of the tracks I have worked with through ROOT 73 and other clients have got repeat air time on London's BBC Radio 1XTRA, Radar Radio and Reprezent Radio.
I offer free mix appraisals prior to track masters so we don't waste time and money mastering something which could be mixed better. I also offer a fast mixing service.
$50 - 1 track master
$95 - 2 track masters
$140 - 3 track masters
$180 - 4 track masters
$42.50 per track - 5 tracks+
$65 - stem master (10 bus stems, + $7 per extra stem)
$75 - track mix (20 stems + $7 per extra stem)
$100 - mix and master (20 stems + $7 per extra stem)
+$10 - 24 hour rush
$20 - per stem audio repair (denoise, decrackle, declick)
$10 - Detailed mix appraisals for tracks not being mastered
A stem master offers more control in dynamics, colour, stereo imaging and eq over the individual stems, eliminating the need for making sacrifices in the final master.
All work is currently digitally mastered with high end plugins. Please get in touch for a friendly chat about your projects!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Reviews (5)Endorse Alex Burr - A Cut Above London
I had Alex master one of my tracks and I couldn't be happier with the job he did on it. He was very responsive and made great efforts to have the track sounding perfect. I didn't have to tell much because he just understood the direction I wanted to go. I look forward to working with him again.
Amazing work! Had my EP mixed and mastered by A Cut Above and I'm over the moon about it! Sounding so much smoother and sonically pleasing than before I sent my tracks over. Very efficient job and for a very reasonable price. I definitely recommend it, and on top of that, he's a super nice guy and knows his stuff. Peace!
A cut above made the tracks I sent them so much better than I ever thought they could.
Not usually the type to hand my music over to anyone outside my fold but A Cut Above did the sound I was going for absolute justice with a beautiful master. 100% recommended and I'll be using them for all future releases
Great work mastering Fyans music, I would highly recommend! Quick turnaround and sounds great.
Interview with Alex Burr - A Cut Above London
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't hire someone who is brisk and unpleasant. If they don't seem respectful, chances are they won't treat your work with respect. So make sure you get along!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: !I only have 5 pieces of gear, lucky me! My monitors and sub, laptop and MicroKorg.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been mastering for 2 years. I trained with the community studio ROOT 73 in London. I also produce drum and bass as Melysma and have a forthcoming release on Dispatch Recordings.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When cleaning up vocal stems, always cut below 100 hz minimum to get rid of any low end rumble and look at cutting 250-350 hz to remove any muddiness. A narrow cut around 1k hz can also add smoothness. Finally always add fades at the beginning and end of audio regions to get rid of pops and clicks. These are very simple things but you'd be surprised at how many tracks I'm sent where none of this is done!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work with a wide range of genres but predominantly with vocal artists. This includes singer/songwriter music, hip-hop, trap, R&B, soul, grime and pop. I do occasionally work with indie rock bands which I also enjoy immensely.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Using my ears.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can bring whatever the client requires and I can very often tell what they require without them describing it in detail (according to the genre they are working with). Things I always aim for when working however are: a coherent sense of space, tonal balance, clarity/separation of individual elements, an appropriate amount of warmth, and of course loudness.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First things first, if anything needs ironing out on the client's end for better results, I'll offer my advice. This ranges from removing clicks in audio stems with fades to a full detailed mix appraisal. Once work has started, Eqing and tonal control comes first, followed by dynamics and then extra colouration (if required - Tape/Tube Saturation) and finally limiting.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I currently work with 2 Dynaudio BM5As and an Apogee Ensemble in a good room. I use plugins from FabFilter, Sony Oxford/Sonnox, EMI/Chandler Abbey Road, Waves, Nomad Factory, Izotope and Brainworx.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Track masters make up the bulk of my work. I'm occasionally asked to do stem masters and I've just started offering a professional mixing service.