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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

• PROJECT MIXING & MASTERING -Ranges from $275 - $550

• 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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My credits include

Gear highlights

  • RME UFX
  • RME Fireface 802
  • Black Lion MKII
  • Monitors
  • Ears
  • Experience.

Genres I specialize in

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.

Reviews of Dark Star Audio

  • Listing_thumb_niko_hopkins_5 days agoby Verified Review

    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

  • Listing_thumb_yochico30 days agoby Verified Review

    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!!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    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.

  • Listing_thumb_amansour_03-12-2016_006about 1 month agoby Verified Review

    The best work I've found on Sound Better.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Absolute top notch service , effort and product!

    thank you guys!

  • Listing_thumb_amansour_03-12-2016_006about 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Another flawless mix and master from the very best!

  • Listing_thumb_amansour_03-12-2016_006about 1 month agoby Verified Review

    I continue to return to Dark Star because they deliver fast, affordable mixing and mastering that is top quality every single time!

  • Listing_thumb_amansour_03-12-2016_0063 months agoby Verified Review

    These guys are the best at what they do. I highly recommend them for your next project!

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby Verified Review

    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.

  • Listing_thumb_amansour_03-12-2016_0064 months agoby Verified Review

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

  • Listing_thumb_rasol_rasolzadeh16 months agoby Verified Review

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

  • Listing_thumb_image7 months agoby Verified Review

    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!

  • Default-avatar9 months agoby Verified Review

    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.

  • Default-avatar9 months agoby Verified Review

    Very Professional, great job regarding the difficulty, timeframe and timezone difference ...

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

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

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby

    Had an amazing time working with them. They did phenomenal job. Definitely working with them again.

  • Listing_thumb_img_36464 months agoby

    A real pleasure to work with, nice guys, golden ears !
    Can't wait working with them again

  • Default-avatar7 months agoby

    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.

  • Default-avatar7 months agoby

    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.

  • Listing_thumb_dsc_9989glasses_copy9 months agoby

    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.

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Interview with Dark Star Audio

What are you working on at the moment?
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.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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.
Analog or digital and why?
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.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
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.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
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.
What type of music do you usually work on?
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.
What's your strongest skill?
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.
What's your typical work process?
Magic!
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.
Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Too many to mention. So many different artists, producers and engineers to name.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Not that I know of.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
We promise you will get what you want or you will get your money back. Simple.
What do you like most about your job?
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.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
When can I have this back? How soon do you need it?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
1. Can you hear examples of their work? 2. Have you emailed them questions and how soon did they respond?
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
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!
How would you describe your style?
Simple, Colorful, Transparent.
Can you share one music production tip?
If it sounds good, it is good.
What do you bring to a song?
We specialize in electronic/dance music, and bring decades of experienced ears.