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




• STANDARD MASTERING - $50 Per track

• STEM MASTERING - $100 Per Track

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




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








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


Contact me through the blue button above and lets get to work.

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • 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_logo_square11 days agoby Verified Review

    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.

  • Listing_thumb_img_2572about 1 month agoby Verified Review

    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!

  • Listing_thumb_new_bannerabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    It was a pleasure to work with Dark Star Audio. A friendly and professional service with great results.

  • Listing_thumb_niko_hopkins_4 months 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_yochico5 months 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!

  • Default-avatar5 months 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_0065 months agoby Verified Review

    The best work I've found on Sound Better.

  • Default-avatar5 months agoby Verified Review

    Absolute top notch service , effort and product!

    thank you guys!

  • Listing_thumb_amansour_03-12-2016_0066 months agoby Verified Review

    Another flawless mix and master from the very best!

  • Listing_thumb_amansour_03-12-2016_0066 months 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_0066 months agoby Verified Review

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

  • Default-avatar7 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_0068 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_rasolzadeh19 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_image11 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-avatarabout 1 year 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-avatarabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

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

  • Default-avataralmost 2 years 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-avatar8 months agoby

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

  • Listing_thumb_img_36468 months agoby

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

  • Default-avatar11 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-avatar11 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_copyabout 1 year 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?
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.