Dark Star Audio

Electronic Music Specialists

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FINISH YOUR TRACK WITH US Hello! We are a boutique Production, Mixing, Mastering & Sound Design Company with 2 Studios in Oakland, California. We specialize in ALL Electronic Music Genres !!! • Over 25 Years of Experience • Label Signing Guidance • Artist & Label Development • Industry Navigation

OUR MOST POPULAR SERVICES:

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MASTERING

• STANDARD MASTERING - $50 Per track

• STEM MASTERING - $100 Per Track

• MONTHLY MASTERING MEMBERSHIPS
• Silver Level - 2 Masters per month - $25
• Gold Level - 4 Masters per month - $50
• Platinum Level - 6 masters per month - $75

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MIXING & MASTERING

• VOCAL PROCESSING - $75 Per Hour

• LIGHT MIX (STEM LIMIT) - $ Starting at $125

• PROJECT MIXING & MASTERING Starting at $200

• PROJECT MIXING & MASTERING + ENHANCEMENTS + FINISHING - Ranges from $400 - $650

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MUSIC PRODUCTION

• REMIX TRACK PRODUCTION + MIXING & MASTERING - Starting at - $500 PER TRACK

• ORIGINAL TRACK PRODUCTION + MIXING & MASTERING - Starting at - $750 PER TRACK

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SOUND DESIGN

• TV / FILM / SAMPLE PACKS + MORE - Contact us for a project rate.

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Reviews (43)

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  1. Review by Chris G.
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    As always DSM provides exceptional service and timely feedback/results. He always makes sure i’m happy with my mix/master. Thanks again man!

  2. Review by Jon S.
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    Very professional and very reliable. The turn around is very fast and they always get the sound just right. Highly recommend these guys!!!

  3. Review by Cassady L.
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    Fantastic work! Very helpful and patient. Would highly recommend and definitely will use again.

  4. Review by Mark P.
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    This is now the sixth track that I have had Dark Star Audio support me with the mixing and mastering and each time they come back with a new, fresh and high quality result. The team at Dark Star Audio really elevated my EDM dance/pop track to the next level!!! Super happy with the result!!!

  5. Review by Grayson L.
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    Ryan at Dark Star Audio is great to work with. I had some issues with my mix and he gave me some valuable information for making improvements! I will definitely contact them again for future endeavors!

  6. Review by Dimitri
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    Dark Star should be called BRIGHT STAR ! I tremendously enjoyed my first mix/master with DS. Skill and proficiency are not enough to get a good outcome. Communication is also vital and with DS I found it to be smooth, plentiful, enjoyable and substantial. The combination resulted in a very productive atmosphere and an awesome sounding track.

  7. Review by Sebastian Olavarria
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    DarkStar delivering hq work as always.

  8. Review by Chris G.
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    Dark Star Mastering always gives A+ results for mixing/mastering! This is my third time with them and the service and quality received is always 100%. Thanks again:)

  9. Review by Jeff S.
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    Some charge excessive fees for their work just because they are highly skilled and experienced. However, Dark Star Audio offered reasonable price at smooth communication and superior quality.
    I had Dark Star do a mixing/mastering for my single track and it wad perfect. I decided to work on my rest tracks for my upcoming EP with these people.

  10. Review by Jon S.
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    These guys are awesome! They can take your track and make it sound even better than you imagined. They can also take your track to the next level if you choose to have them help finish your track. Either way these guys are super reliable and the turn around time is very quick. Guarantee you'll be happy with what they send back. Cheers 🙌

  11. Review by Rhythmic Plane
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    Ryan is one of the best mastering engineer in the world!
    He is very communicative so I felt comfortable.
    Sound is also good. Deep bass, clear high end etc.
    With him you will never be disappointed.

  12. Review by Chris G.
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    It was a pleasure working with Dar Star Audio once again! The service is top-notch and what I like the most is that he is very communicative! Turnaround time is fantastic and the quality of the master is great.. Can't wait to work with you on my next tracks!

  13. Review by Mark P.
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    As usual, the mixing and mastering of my track by Dark Star Audio was amazing! They took my rough mix and really elevated it to the next level in mood, energy and quality. This is the fifth project with them and I look forward to working with them on future tracks!!!

  14. Review by Jon S.
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    Excellent...that's all I need to say.

  15. Review by Mark P.
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    The team at Dark Star Audio continues to deliver with their amazing focus on delivering high quality, ready-to-play, dance floor tracks. They always take my music to that next level with attention to sound detail and professional results. It's been a great pleasure working with them and I look forward to working with them on my next project!!!

  16. Review by Chris G.
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    Dark Star Audio was very professional with their services. I am actually so happy with how my track ended up sounding after mastering. He managed to make it sound to what I had in mind while keeping the overall dynamics! Thanks and I look forward to working with you more!

  17. Review by Mark P.
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    This is the third track that I have worked on with Dark Star Audio. Each time they have delivered an awesomely mixed/mastered track and this one is no different. Excellent creativity, professionalism, and great sounding music you can dance to!

  18. Review by Mark P.
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    This is the second track that I have worked on with Dark Star Audio and the result was amazing! Their ability to capture the feeling and vibe of my rough mix and to transform it into an awesomely mixed/mastered track is great!

  19. Review by Zachary L.
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    Dark Star Audio is very professional, and is very thorough when working on your project. The music came out to be exactly what I wanted, gaining my confidence.

  20. Review by Mark P.
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    The guys (Bruce & Ryan) over at Dark Star Audio were great to work with on my latest electronic dance track. They were very positive, forthright, and on top of how to create the best sounding track that would meet and exceed my vision and aspirations. Thanks for the great work!

  21. Review by Steve P.
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    It was a pleasure to work with Dark Star Audio. A friendly and professional service with great results.

  22. Review by Niko K.
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    I cannot be more happy with the extra effort that Bruce put into my track and his level of communication. He is an extremely talented musician/producer and I would highly highly highly recommend him to anyone looking to complete their track. They took mediocre vocals and turned them into beauty. Thank you guys again and I look forward to the future

  23. Review by Sebastian Olavarria
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    These guys are total experts when it comes to electronic music. Please don't think twice and choose them. I'm a very perfectionist guy, obsessed with detail and they did an incredibly good job with my 10 track album, specially mixing the vocals!
    Thanks!!

  24. Review by Joseph S.
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    Great pair! Very professional and easy to work with. Constant communication from Ryan and Mac went way above and beyond. Love the final product and learned a lot along the way. I'm very humbled, grateful and glad I took the leap.

  25. Review by Anthony M.
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    The best work I've found on Sound Better.

  26. Review by Sebastian S.
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    Absolute top notch service , effort and product!

    thank you guys!

  27. Review by Anthony M.
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    Another flawless mix and master from the very best!

  28. Review by Anthony M.
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    I continue to return to Dark Star because they deliver fast, affordable mixing and mastering that is top quality every single time!

  29. Review by Anthony M.
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    These guys are the best at what they do. I highly recommend them for your next project!

  30. Review by Jacob G.
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    From beginning to end, these guys were nothing but amazing. Quick responses to any questions I had. The final product was amazing as well. Couldn't have been a better overall process.

  31. Review by Anthony M.
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    Amazing to work with, these guys are professional, reliable and fast. They streamlined the process and delivered a top quality product.

  32. Review by Ras
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    Friendly people and awesome communication.. I'm pleased with the mastering & quality of work.Big thanks to every one at dark star Audio :)

  33. Review by Grant G.
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    Working with Ryan and Bruce was like being in the studio with friends. They're very knowledgable and extremely attentive they made me feel like a priority and had a very fast return time. I will definitely be working with these amazing guys in the future!

  34. Review by Jonathan W.
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    I would have given them 6 stars if I could. I love the team that I worked with. Mac and Ryan were awesome to contact & communicate with. Very caring organization that wanted nothing but the best for me and my song.

  35. Review by Wladimir S.
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    Very Professional, great job regarding the difficulty, timeframe and timezone difference ...

  36. Review by William H.
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    Super helpful and informative. Very easy to work with, extensive knowledge of the edm genre. Will definitely work with him again soon.

  37. Review by Dimitri
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    An other successful project done with Dark Star ! Ryan has wonderful interpersonal skills, is very communicative and insightful, and does a super professional job ! A delight to work with and hugely recommend him to anyone that wishes to have a great mix and master experience.

  38. Review by Tevon M.
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    DSA was amazing to work with. I am new to the music production scene and they were very informative and helpful. Ryan made sure that him and his team were able to deliver what I needed before getting into payment options, which let me know they definitely had my best interest in mind. We ended up working out a great deal and their work was high quality. Can't recommend them enough!

  39. Review by Eude L.
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    Had an amazing time working with them. They did phenomenal job. Definitely working with them again.

  40. Review by Alexandre Saint André
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    A real pleasure to work with, nice guys, golden ears !
    Can't wait working with them again

  41. Review by Mike K.
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    Will be working with them again in the near future. Communication was excellent and the product came out perfectly. Both Ryan and Mac were top notch and more than accomidating. Will recommend to many of my friends.

  42. Review by Mike K.
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    Will be working with them again in the near future. Communication was excellent and the product came out perfectly. Both Ryan and Mac were top notch and more than accomidating. Will recommend to many of my friends.

  43. Review by Eclano
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    First time working with a online mixing agency on "Soundbetter", and I am truly impressed with the customer service Dark Star Audio has provided. They were very attentive and did everything to help me get the best results I was looking for. Extremely professional and truly care for their clients.

Interview with Dark Star Audio

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

  2. A: We just finished up an album for 1 artist, a 6 track EP for another artist, 4 tracks in which we Co-Produced with 2 other artists. We are always working on Sound Design & Sample Packs.

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

  4. A: Mac Vaughn, the lead Engineer began his passion for music as a bass player. From there, moved on to DJing. Then decided to become a producer. Being a producer made him want to know everything he could about perfecting music, and it was that intensive learning that inadvertently opened the door to becoming a mastering engineer. "I've been a mastering engineer now for over 7 years now. I started off mastering music for my dance label "Fierce Animal Recordings". Other labels started to ask me who was doing my mastering and the rest is history." -Mac Vaughn Dark Star Audio has grown year over year since the start. We have recently opened a 2nd studio and have big plans for the upcoming years.

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

  6. A: We worked on the music and sound design for a University of Phoenix commercial with Giancarlo Esposito. It was an intensive project, but I am still very happy with the results.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Some analog, but mostly digital. Most mastering engineers are using plugins these days. Maybe it's laziness, but for us- it's that we can achieve relatively the same result but much quicker. Because we are able to do this, We transfer the savings on to our clients.

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

  10. A: A major misconception is that if someone has a limiter plug in, they can master their own music. Mastering is much more than just using a limiter.

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

  12. A: We normally ask them for reference tracks so we can get an idea of what sound they are looking for. For production clients, we ask them what their expectations are for their music careers and what goals they have.

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

  14. A: We primarily work on electronic music. The reason for this is simple. Rather than being a broad based, we narrow our focus to one area so we can provide the greatest expertise and experience.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: Listening! Understanding and delivering on our clients needs while exceeding their expectations is our focus. We customize the production, mixing and mastering experiences to meet each client.

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

  18. A: Magic!

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

  20. A: Most of our work involves mix downs and production assistance and co-producing. Artists trust our experience because we know what a track needs in order to stand out and compete. We have several clients who struggle with completing a track and come to us to help them not only finish it but also help them with the label shopping side of things as well. On any given week we master between 10 and 30, 2 channel audio tracks & periodically do sound design as well.

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. A: We have very simple studio setups. At the heart of Studio 1 is the RME UFX and Black Lion Micro Clock. Studio 2 hosts the RME Fireface 802. Both of our rooms have been treated with GIK paneling throughout.

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

  24. A: Too many to mention. So many different artists, producers and engineers to name.

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

  26. A: Not that I know of.

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

  28. A: We promise you will get what you want or you will get your money back. Simple.

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

  30. A: We love to say "Your track is ready for the world". Being the studio our clients trust is a huge honor and we are very grateful.

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

  32. A: When can I have this back? How soon do you need it?

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

  34. A: 1. Can you hear examples of their work? 2. Have you emailed them questions and how soon did they respond?

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

  36. A: iMac Desktop, Soundcard, Headphones, Blender and Coffee Machine. Hopefully it's a tropical island where we can have access to fresh fruit and coffee beans!

  37. Q: How would you describe your style?

  38. A: Simple, Colorful, Transparent.

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

  40. A: If it sounds good, it is good.

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

  42. A: We specialize in electronic/dance music, and bring decades of experienced ears.

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Terms Of Service

We will do up to 2 revisions for free on all masters. Turn around time ranges from 2-4 days depending on project.

Gear Highlights
  • RME UFX
  • RME Fireface 802
  • Black Lion MKII
  • Monitors
  • Ears
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