The goal at hfMASTERING is not only to make your music louder, but to add clarity, excitement and to allow it to translate well on all means of playback - making it sound the best it can possibly be in order to compete in today's competitive market.
Mastering is the final stage of production before the track goes out for distribution.
I offer very affordable rates starting at $25 (depending on complexity of the song). The more tracks you send for mastering, the better the rates are - see below.
1 track: $25
2 tracks: $45
3 tracks: $67
4 tracks: $88
5 tracks: $106
6 tracks: $129
7 tracks: $150
8 tracks: $168
9 tracks: $185
10 tracks: $199
11 tracks: (10 + 1 track =) $224
15 tracks: (10 + 5 tracks =) $305
20 tracks: (10 + 10 tracks =) $398
...and so on
All prices above are as stated and there are no additional charges.
Every song is different and must be treated accordingly.
I believe every element of your song(s) is as important as each other, however big or small its role is. I will look for areas I believe need more attention in order for the listener to get the best possible listening experience.
I would love to hear your music and I am more than happy to discuss with you what you wish to achieve at the end.
I will provide free advice on how to address areas for improvement that may require further pre-work in the mixing stage in order to reach the best possible result.
If after mastering you're not entirely satisfied with the results, I am more than happy to revise the work carried out at no extra charge.
I look forward to working with you, wherever you are in the world!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Tim is a true professional, responds right away and his masters are just impeccable. Very efficient workflow and an absolute pleasure! I can only recommend
I Highly recommend Tim for your mastering jobs. Not only did he do a great job with my tracks, he went above and beyond to make creative suggestions that I truly liked. After this job with Tim, I can trust him with my future mastering projects.
I have worked with a few different mastering engineers over the past year, searching for three things: 1) Good value for money 2) Quality of work 3) The willingness to work with me to get the desired results. hfMASTERING ticks all three boxes. I’ve now just started my own record label and will be using them exclusively.
Working with Tim was one of the easiest experiences I've ever had with mastering. He has a great ear and knows exactly what is needed to bring your song to the next level, and his turnaround time is amazing. I will be coming back to him with more of my music. I will also be recommending him to others. Thanx Tim
When the technical aspects of musical production are often a little "distant", hfMASTERING is always ready to solve problems in the mix.
The results are of great quality regardless of the style and mood of the track, and the work is always done on time.
Here you can find some of my published works (htps://richarddobeson.com) that are mastered by hfMASTERING.
Interview with hfMASTERING
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Fabian Faupel - His production is impeccable. He said If I know anyone who needs productions, to send them his way. If you look at my reviews, you'll find him there.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: My gear is digital - and I get great results. I can save the work and come back to it later with everything as I left it.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Over 10 years ago, I started by making beats for Hip Hop tracks in my own time and doing collaborations with various rappers over the world, all of which I mixed and mastered. I took a music production course where I learned different mixing techniques and a bit of mastering, which was the area I was interested in most. After a few years of practicing at mixing and mastering my beats and collaborations (getting results I was very happy with), I took an audio mastering course, which went very deep into the subject, and I learned a lot of mistakes I was still making. Soon after the course, I started my own business.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 1. Listening to the track, analysing, checking for mono compatibility, listening to the sides for signs of MP3 artefacts. 2. Start the mastering process; EQ, Compression, Situation, etc and Limiting. Only dithering once! 3. Compare to other similar tracks, walk around playing the master, listen on other speakers and headphones. 4. Send client a short sample, MP3 is usually fine. 5. If the client is happy with the result, it's time then to sort out the payment. 6. Once the payment is received, client will be sent the full master as a WAV at 16 bit (or 24 bit if the client prefers).
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: How do I send the track? A: You can upload your track to WeTransfer, SendSpace or Dropbox and paste the download link. A: SoundBetter also has an attach option. Q: Will there be an extra charge to master an instrumental version of my track as well? A: If everything is exactly the same apart from the muted vocals, there will be no extra charge. A: Same if your track has bad language and you want a clean version done.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: 90s Hip Hop, Fleetwood Mac, Roxette, Dire Straits, Massive Attack, Enya, Tracy Chapman, Killers, Muse, Rush, Portishead and more
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To work on the song(s) until the client is satisfied. If changes are needed in the mix, the client will be advised accordingly.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Discovering new music and hearing it come to life as I'm working on the track
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: For best results, make sure to provide the following when sending your mix for mastering. • WAV or AIFF format - not MP3 • 24 bit or higher • 44.1k sample rate or higher • Mono compatibility - when switched to mono, do some elements disappear? • No clipping - keep peaks between -6 to -3 dB • One bar gap at the beginning and end of your track - so the song doesn't start the moment you hit play and to avoid an unfortunate abrupt ending.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The better the mix, the better the master.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I've worked on various genres, there isn't a specific one I usually work on.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mastering their music - the final stage before it's ready for distribution.