Multi-Platinum Mastering

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Multi-Platinum Mastering. Credits include Kyle, Kehlani, Lil Yachty, Anderson .Paak, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Aloe Blacc, Lil Uzi Vert, Kodak Black, J Dilla, Blu & Exile, Dam Funk, Tokimonsta and many more.

VLM / Violet Lantern Mastering is operated by multi-platinum mastering engineer Wes Osborne, who started mastering for independent tastemaker labels like Stones Throw Records and has since been heard and hired by industry giants like Atlantic.

His experience with different genres is broad, and his work ethic is second-to-none.

The current rate for mastering through our website is 150 / song for major labels and 100 for indy labels, but we are offering 45% off for the first 100 new clients through SoundBetter. This includes 3 rounds of revisions, and a PMCD or DDP on full-length albums.

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72 Reviews - 17 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Franke
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  2. Review by obiben
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    Wes was great. Came out with a beautiful master and even during the crazy times of Covid-19 he still delivered great customer service.

  3. Review by Elena
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    VLM did it again! Second time that he masters my songs and it's fire as always. Good communication and fast results!! Highly recommended, will come to him again for my next single.

  4. Review by reagan e.
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    Wes is professional, gives high quality work, and goes above and beyond with his clients. I couldn’t have asked for more. Will definitely be a return customer! 10/10

  5. Review by ENTT Studios
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    Great Mastering Work!

  6. Review by Naama Guggenheim
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    Wes was outstanding! Really easy and fun to work with, amazing product.
    highly recommended <3

  7. Review by Randy B.
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    Wes is fantastic. Provided a master for radio and a master for streaming platforms, and best of all -- the result was amazing.

    Will be coming back in the future!

  8. Review by John P.
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    Highly recommend. Wes at VLM was easy to work with and delivered a great product.

  9. Review by Jaxon S.
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    Wes is an absolute legend, great pricing, very professional, and excellent quality mastering. Got our tracks thumping.

  10. Review by Michael D.
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    Another great one, appreciate it VLM

  11. Review by Dirashi
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    The final master gave my track life!! Wes got the EXACT sound I was going for even though I wasn’t “audio engineer savvy” enough to properly explain exactly what I wanted done. He also took the time to explain everything to me in extensive detail whenever I asked a question about something! Went with the stem mastering option and after Wes got ahold of it, he basically gave the track steroids. If you’re looking for an amazing master Wes is your guy!

  12. Review by Foss U.
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    Helping us sound our best again and again. Wes does great work.

  13. Review by Paul L.
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    Very easy to work with and delivered a fantastic master. Was very accommodating in my requests and nailed the sound I was going for.

  14. Review by Tab T.
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    Love their work so much
    quality service
    recommend

  15. Review by Chase Emery Davis Baritone
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    VLM is an absolutely incredible team! Their level of punctuality, communication and overall professionality is beyond anything I could have hoped for. I am delighted with the work they have done for me and will go back for more soon I am sure! Working with VLM really made me feel like I had control over what was going on in the “mastering” process, which made me more confident in my decision making. Rich sounds and a friendly team, I would recommend VLM to absolutely anyone!

  16. Review by Jay s.
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    Did a great job mastering my track, sounded perfect the first time it was sent, and he also provided some extra information which was definitely helpful

  17. Review by Foss U.
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    Great work! Got it done with the quickness, it sounds great, revisions were quick and he went out of his way to teach me and my team some some best practices for mixing/mastering in the streaming age. Would definitely recommend.

  18. Review by Siddhant S.
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    Wes quickly picked up my taste and what im aiming for. he offered me 3 revisions over the initial master but just one was enough to reach the goal. the discount he offered through soundbetter.com is something independent artists like me need the most at the beginning of their careers. im glad how he took the time to explain me the difference between the main master and master for streaming sites. he sent me both versions of the master. easy communication and good results!

  19. Review by Elena
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    Great communication, great result! My songs have never sounded better. Highly recommended, will definitely work with him again.

  20. Review by Xavier M.
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    Loved working with Wes! The attention to detail and overall life he brought to the song was extraordinary! Definitely will be connecting with em again!

  21. Review by Nathan Bankston
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    Wes is the man! Goes above and beyond with his work.

  22. Review by Toni J.
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    Wes from VLM was great! The final product was exactly what we wanted. Extra points for patience. I'd love to work with him again. Highly recommend.

  23. Review by Malcolm n.
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    A boss at mastering songs.Clean, nice and open international quality.A very professional guy to work with in the music business.

  24. Review by Bernard
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    The level of quality is always above expectations.

  25. Review by Nathan Bankston
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    Wes is the man! My go to for mastering, he will not disappoint.

  26. Review by Joe B.
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    Professional and on time! Wes did everything I asked in a very timely matter and the product was exceptional.

  27. Review by ryan f.
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    Wes is the best mastering engineer I've ever had. He really cares about making your project sound as great as it can and is the nicest, most patient and enthusiastic guy. Having your masters come back sounding amazing is the best! Thanks Wes!

  28. Review by Christopher G.
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    INCREDIBLE!!!
    I needed a song prepared on a super short deadline. Wes was able to hone in on the vibe I wanted to make something amazing, worked extremely quick with his delivery, and was overall just a delightful person to work with!
    When I need my next song mastered I'm definitely coming back to him!

  29. Review by Kazunori S.
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    Great engineer. On time and did the best for my songs. Glad to work with him :D

  30. Review by Cliff H.
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    Super impressed with Wes’ work. He is someone who I feel takes pride in all the work he is apart of. He went out of his way to perfect my master. And helped me put into understanding the perfect level my mixes should be. Just found my go to mastering engineer!!

  31. Review by Goldee C.
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    BY FAR the best master I've had done! I can't say enough good things about Wes and I cant wait to work with him again. He understood exactly what I was looking for and was extremely patient throughout the process. The song came out dope!! Thanks again!! Defintiely recommend!!!

  32. Review by Cameron M.
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    Wes will take your track to the next level! The 808s will bang, the spread of the mix is lush and the transients are clear and pristine! GOAT

  33. Review by Fanen D.
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    What more can be said about Wes? He's the real deal. Went all out to ensure %100 satisfaction. Made adjustments and kept the communication very clear. He's also very knowledgeable so you can also learn from him. He made took care of the music and I'm grateful that I made the decision to finish the album with him. Mad respect and Highly recommended.

  34. Review by Fanen D.
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    Wes is one of the best engineers I've had the pleasure of working with. He started work on my album and brought it to the next level. He offered useful advice as well throughout the process. It has been a great experience and will definitely work with in the future!

  35. Review by Nathan Bankston
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    Wes is my go to guy for mastering!

  36. Review by AngelosMav
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    100% Proffesional, Amazing Work... I will work with you again for sure my friend !!!

  37. Review by Michael D.
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    Wes did a great job! He helped get my new single where I wanted it to be with the volume and mastering. 5 stars ‼️

  38. Review by Bernard
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    I Really enjoy working with VLM. Excellent results with a fast and professional correspondence from beginning to end.

  39. Review by Ryan L.
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    The master came out amazing! He was very professional and easy to work with. Definitely going to work with Wes for future projects...

  40. Review by Nathan Bankston
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    Wes did it again! Would recommend him 10/10 times!

  41. Review by Fortysixbookings
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    Wes did an awesome job! He gives great advise and was very quick to get the job done.

    We are very happy with the results and hopefully work with him again soon.

  42. Review by Sohyun K.
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    It was such a pleasant experience. I could tell he is doing the best to provide quality mastering tracks. He cares about your works, and the results are beyond amazing! I will definitely work with him again.

  43. Review by Dorian D.
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    Working with Wes was a great experience. He went above and beyond while mastering my project, and paid attention to all the details and needs of my project. He even did some mixing for me, which also came out great. I got the label experience for a independent artist cost. I would definitely be coming back.

  44. Review by Benjamin B.
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    Very high quality work from Wes ! Very receptive and fast too! My go to mastering engineer now!

  45. Review by Haydn C.
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    A++, Fast Responses, Always Willing to go the extra mile to make sure the final product sounds right, Will Order From Again

  46. Review by Raymond M.
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    Wes is absolutely amazing!! Very experienced and professional. Wes really brought my track to another level. Definitely will be sending more tracks over for mastering!

  47. Review by Bernard
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    You can expect the results to be professional every time. The dynamics on the master sounded like he knew what direction the song needed to go in order to sound the best.

  48. Review by Kenny Z.
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    Wes is the man and delivers every single time. Totally understands different vibes and sounds and puts together amazing work. Wouldn't go to anyone else.

  49. Review by Barnaby a.
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    brilliant!

  50. Review by Gagsounds
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    Wes provides a very professional quality mastering and I'm very satisfied.

  51. Review by ryan f.
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    Decided to work with VLM because of the great records they have already worked on, and couldn't be more pleased with the result. The master sounded great- Wes made my mix sound even better and radio/stream ready. Really good guy, great to work with and super positive. He actually really cares about the result, which in my experience is hard to find. Will definitely be working with VLM again.

  52. Review by Bernard
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    Best mastering engineer I've worked with so far. Enjoyed working with him and plan on doing more projects with this guy. Highly recommended

  53. Review by Benjamin B.
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    Very high quality and fast work !! Highly recommended!

  54. Review by Nathan Bankston
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    Wes did a great job! He communicated very well and keep me updated on the progress. I am extremely pleased with his work and will be hiring him in the future.

  55. Review by Music E.
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    Working with VLM was a great experience. He was a very patient and considerate as well. He also communicated with me regarding edits and changes to the tracks in a timely manner. VLM also mastered the entire 13 track album and ensured it was sounding the way I envisioned as well as making sure the overall project was consistent in terms of volume and energy. I would definitely recommend VLM to anyone who needs their project mastered.

  56. Review by Stephcynie C.
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    Wes was wonderful to work with. Extremely responsive and very clear with his instructions. My master sounds incredible. Everyone who has listened to it has had no notes, which is rare. It's also extremely rare for me to not send back a song at least once for a revision. I will definitely be reaching out to him for future projects and recommend that you use him as well. Especially if you have a pop/r&b/hip hop track. My song was more pop/r&b and he nailed it.

  57. Review by Jabari H.
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    Great job my master bumps in the car and he also left the essence of the song which was important. About his business. Was a good experience.

  58. Review by Jad J.
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    Amazing work!! Wes went well above and beyond with the master. Would 100% recommend!

  59. Review by jonathan x.
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    Wes took his time to make sure the artist envisioned. Great service.

  60. Review by Kenny Z.
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    Wes was prompt and amazing. Professional and responsive, he'll go above and beyond to get the job done.

    We had one song and needed it urgently and Wes got to it and finished it with outstanding quality.

  61. Review by Haydn C.
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    Great Engineer! Was willing to do what it took to get the job done, and went above and beyond expectations! Was also invested in the project and was willing to immerse himself into it rather than treating it as a job! A++ Super Fast Turnaround and Extremely Professional! Would hire again!

  62. Review by Lamont G.
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    This is my 1st time using the internet to hire an engineer and I must say Wes made me feel very comfortable and his enthusiasm about mastering and getting the track to sound good made me seriously elated to work with someone who actually cares about my music like it's their own. He went to great lengths to give me mix instructions to have my mix better to give the end product the sound it needed. He was honest and kept it real with me which at the end made my song a better product! Hes Dope!

  63. Review by JAN. II
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    Greatest first experience with another engineer on my personal music. Wes really took interest to the record I sent him and gave me a great master.

  64. Review by Stanislav B.
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    Awesome! I'm very pleased of the mastering which Wes made for us. Ultra high level.

  65. Review by Anand Zala
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    VLM did it again! Wes is the man, he came through with the master, added his own flavor, and made sure we were satisfied with the final result!

  66. Review by Rudi N.
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    Great experience working with Wes at VLM! Gave a lot of extra input to the song to ensure the master was right. Looking forward to working with him again in the future

  67. Review by Kit H.
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    Big thanks to Wes @ VLM.
    I was blown away by the difference he has made to my production.
    Crisp, clear and punchy.
    Highly professional and great to work with.
    I can't wait to get another track done!
    Highly Recommend.

  68. Review by Anand Zala
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    Wes at VLM was a pleasure to work with and made sure to meet our short deadline. Gave our single some real life, energy, and balance! Looking forward to the next project with VLM.

  69. Review by Jason N.
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    You’re tripping if you’re not using VLM. They took my music to a different level. This right here is the future! He did so much on the track and I appreciate him for that. He worked so well on this, thank you so much. I’ll definitely be coming back.

  70. Review by Santanio
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    VLM Extremely professional and easy to communicate with this man went above and beyond I am absolutely blown away by the mix that this man has created .. AYE KEEP THEM TINGS COMINGS

  71. Review by Jung H.
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    I love what he mastered. Loudness is enough and EQ is well balanced , also he's nice. Good to work with.

  72. Review by Robert F.
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    Sounds like a Master should sound! Song was rap/trap track - 808 was knocking hard, song was wide and spacious, high end & EQ was perfect. Happy customer. Will repeat for next song.

Interview with VLM

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

  2. A: Stereo & Stem Mastering.

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

  4. A: Ayo, Pensado, Lettuce.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: Custom Analog & Digital System.

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

  8. A: Receive premasters, review and if good to start work on, I'll then move forward with mastering. Otherwise I will contact the client with my notes and request a second round of premasters.

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

  10. A: Professional Quality.

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

  12. A: My experience is broad concerning genres.

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

  14. A: Mastering is a dark art. I disagree. To me, it is a labor of love.

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

  16. A: Kyle & Lil Yachty's 'iSpy'on Atlantic - this was my first single for a major label that went multi-platinum (4x) and in turn led to mastering 4 other songs on Kyle's latest full-length album 'Light Of Mine'

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

  18. A: Make sure you hire someone with knowledge and experience.

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: Giving my clients what they want, which includes in-depth communication and personal attention to detail.

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

  22. A: Give yourself headroom.

  23. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  24. A: Both. I'd be a fool to tie my hands in either domain.

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

  26. A: An amazing full-length album from beatmaker / multi-intrumentalist / vocalist Evan Geesman.

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

  28. A: Making my clients happy by providing them with a professional-quality master that will bring out the best in their music.

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

  30. A: To deliver professional-quality masters each and every time.

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

  32. A: Started off as a DJ in the early 90's, performing for promoters like Pasquale Rotella / EDC and Gary Richards / HARD Festivals, among many others. Also headlined festivals overseas with acts like Air Liquide and Jamie Lidell. I was also a buyer for three very popular record shops in Los Angeles during that time and in total, my collection reached well over 15,000 titles. This covered many different genres as well, which has been key to what I do (decades of living, breathing, and listening to music). During this this time I also started producing, with my first original release coming out of Berlin in '99. This then led to remixing as well (The Mars Volta, Salvador Santana, Almunia, Kelpe, The Stepkids, Hanni El Khatib, Free Blood, West Indian Girl). While all of this was going on, I guess there was a buzz happening too, because I was then asked to master music for (I would say legendary) tastemaker label Stones Throw Records / Los Angeles. This was back in 2011, and mastering has been a full-time job since.

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