Top Mastering Engineers for hire

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Analog Mastering & Atmos Mixer - Andres Mayo
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#1 most hired mastering engineer and immersive audio mixer on SoundBetter. Millions of streams. Unlimited revisions. 2-times GRAMMY winner. Past-President of the AES. If you want to mix/master your music in stereo, surround, Dolby Atmos or binaural, send us 1 song and you'll get a FREE and HONEST audio quality report that will really help you out.

EDM & Bass Music Specialist - Aaron Roman
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Clients released on DeadBeats, Trap Nation, DIM MAK, Lowly, Circus, UKF, House Call Records, Sable Valley, Dharma & many more.

Human mastering you can trust - Camilo Silva F Mastering
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2X Grammy-winning mastering specialist, Analog-tape mastering. World-class mastering skills and technology at your disposal. I'm committed to delivering the best possible results and fulfilling your needs!

Techno & Electronic Music Pro. - Eric Sneo
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Professional work around Techno and Club music: Mastering, Mixdown & Producing

Mix and Mastering and Engineer - Nacho de la Riega
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I've been in the industry for 20 years. I Work for independent artists and major labels. I put my ears before my eyes. Multi nominated and awarded for several albums.

Grammy Award Winning Engineer - James Auwarter
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**Grammy Award Winning Engineer** & *OFFICIALLY CREDITED ON 32 TOTAL GRAMMY NOMINATIONS* I’ve worked alongside: Kanye West, Yo-Yo Ma, PJ Morton, Jamila Woods, Kirk Franklin, Kurt Elling, Adam Levine, Cowboy Troy, Tom Higgenson (Plain White Tees), Donald Lawrence, Lupe Fiasco, Hezekiah Walker, Rihanna, Anthony Hamilton, Mavis Staples, etc.

Premium Audio Mastering - Tom Frampton
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Hi, I'm Tom Frampton, owner of Mastering The Mix. Want to sound as good as your favourite artist? You've come to the right place.

Analog Mastering, Music Master - Tim Boyce : NYC Mastering
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I help music feel alive in an overly saturated market. Mastering for French Montana, DJ Sluggo, Nicholas Jaar, The Happy Mess, and Ayo Jay. Winning APRA and Platinum awards, including nominations for Grammy, & Headies awards. EVERY PROJECT is a chance to shine, big or small. My mastering helps artists uniquely stand-out, Start a chat and let's talk

Full-Service, boutique Masters - Mount Olympia Mastering
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Sponsored by Audeze, with clients producing PJ Harvey, Migos, Childish Gambino, Henry Fong, G-Eazy

Affordable Analog Mastering - Fred Miller
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My name is Frederik Sorensen – but you can call me Fred!

Mastering Engineer / Producer - Elliot James Mulhern Mastering
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Hi-Fidelity Radio Ready + Spotify/AppleMusic Ready — Love working on new genre blends + unique sounds — Recording artist, producer + songwriter, founder of Blossöm Records in LA. Years of touring bands including Hey Monday’s signing to Columbia Records, tours w/ Fall Out Boy, 50 Cent, Justin Bieber + All American Rejects

Mixing & Mastering Engineer - KUYANO
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Clients released on Spinnin', Musical Freedom, Hexagon, Warner Music, Kontor, Trap Nation, STMPD-RCRDS, Revealed Recordings and many more.

Mix & Master Specialist 🎧 - Riley Knapp
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Songs I have produced/mixed/mastered have garnered over 1 Billion streams across the internet. As an artist, I understand the delicacies that make a song sound special. In this day and age, standing out is more important than sounding "perfectly polished".

Mastering Engineer - Jonas W. K.
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Grammy Award-Winning, Multi-Platinum Selling (John Legend, Jhené Aiko, Tinashe, ZAYN, Blackbear, NVDES, FLETCHER. Sofi De La Torre etc.)

Solid Mastering Studio 📀 - Carlo - Solid Mastering
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Platinum Awarded Real Mastering facility working with top labels Sony Music, Spinnin' Records, Universal Music. Top Level mastering services to achieve that Big, Fat, Warm and Punchy Major Label Sound. Your music will be brought up to meet the highest industry standards thanks to a state of the art, no compromise, top notch analog equipment.

Award winning Mastering - John Webber - AIR Studios Mastering
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Proficient in all mastering formats, John has recently mastered multiple UK Top 10 albums for David Bowie, including his latest, Toy, and Duran Duran’s 15th Studio Album, Future Past. Other work includes albums for Band Of Skulls, Primal Scream, and projects for former Red Hot Chilli Peppers guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer.

Online Mixing and Mastering  - DEXY
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I will unleash the full potential of your music to achieve the sonic balance, dynamics and loudness it truly deserves.

EDM Mastering - Bram Fidder
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Welcome at This Mix Is Sick, the sickest EDM mastering service. I’m Spinnin’ Records signed Bram Fidder. Pushing your sound to the next level is the only focus here at This Mix Is Sick. Get started now and let your music make its maximum impact!

MASTERING, MIXING - MASTERED BY KRAMER
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Of the thousands of records I've Produced, Mixed and Mastered, the one EVERYONE has surely heard is the hit single from Quentin Tarantino's PULP FICTION..."Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon". i am KRAMER, founder of SHIMMY-DISC, producer of DANIEL JOHNSTON, LOW, GALAXIE 500, WILL OLDHAM... I work with indie artists making challenging music.

Platinum Pop HipHop Master Mix - Nate Middleman
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Certified 2X Platinum! Mixing & Mastering engineer for Wiz Khalifa, A-Boogie, Shordie Shordie, Lil Baby, etc... I recently mixed and mastered Warner Bros artist Shordie Shordie’s single “Betchua” (Over 600 million streams) and 300 Ent. artist Tate Kobang's "Bank Rolls Remix" (#4 Spotify #22 Billboard, HBO "Ballers", MTV "Wildin Out", Playstation)

Mastering, with love. - Alex @ A Cut Above London
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Maximise your music's potential - I love helping artists achieve their vision. All genres welcome.

Mastering Engineer - Epicenter Mastering
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Epicenter Mastering is run by Mastering Engineer Gentry Studer, (yes, like the tape machine). Gentry is a 3X Grammy and Emmy Nominated, Juno and MIA Record of the Year winning Mastering Engineer. Working with indie and signed clients alike including: Metallica, Spoon, Incubus, Wynonna, Jackson Wang and many more.

Mixing Engineer & Mastering - Juan De Sedas
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Juan has worked on projects for Shakira, El Chaval, Farruko, Elvis Crespo, Gente De Zona, Fat Joe, David Bisbal, Olga Tañon, Pitbull, and many others. He has also collaborated and worked for new talents like Jessie Reyez, La Ross Maria, and Ala Jaza and has garnered millions of views online.

Professional Audio Mastering - Julian Lowe @ JML Mastering
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With over 26 years’ experience as a mastering engineer, I can deliver the best results from your mixes, adding punch, polish and that professional touch, as well as meeting all your editing requirements, from radio edits through to album compilation & sequencing.

Affordable Online Mastering - Waltz Mastering
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We offer top quality, quick & affordable mastering. Grammy Nom. Clients Include: DJ Premier, Wu-Tang, Mike Mangini, James Labrie (Dream Theater), Billy Gibbons, Skatalites, Peter Wolf (J Geils) RJD2, Coolio, Marky Mark, Tom Jones & many more. Free previews & No charge for any Revisions. Also offer: Stem mastering & free mix consulting.

Mastering Engineer  - Qbical Music Productions
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High quality mastering service for electronic music.

Award winning Mixing & Mastering Engineer - Brian iele (SCS Mastering)
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UPDATES: 18/05/21 Nominated: Best Album "Alternative pop" - Rosario Ortega - Otro Lado 10/11/20 WON Best Alternative Rock Album. Lucy Patane.(mix+mastering) Also Nominated: Best Alternative Pop Album - Maca Mona Mu "Kalanchoe" Best Electronic Music Album. Diego Frenkel Recording of The Year. Lucy Patane. Song of the Year. Paula Maffia "Polvo"

Creative and Unique Mastering - Fili Filizzola
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I have mastered and been a part of the mastering process of incredible artists such as SZA, Bieber, Harry Styles, Khalid, Doja Cat, Snoh Aalegra, Lagum, Jota Quest, Lulu Santos, Djonga and many more. I have the inside knowledge of what amazing records need in order to sound huge, punchy and modern. I am here to help you achieve that sound!

Hi-End Audio Mastering Studio - Hiltongrove Mastering
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I'm Dave Blackman and I own and run Hiltongrove Mastering, a dedicated mastering facility based in the Essex countryside. We're an Apple approved MFiT provider, and I've been a mastering engineer since 1996 - I'd like to think I know what I'm doing by now! Past clients include Coldplay, Keane, Killing Joke, and Echo and the Bunnymen.

Bring Your Music to Life - Yukon at Blue Oak Mastering
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Mastering music goes far beyond making your record louder. It enhances the feel, focuses the sonics, and assures you that your record is ready for release!

Mastering is all we do! - Garrett Haines
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Mastering Grammy® winning and Billboard-topping albums, Garrett Haines is a Tape Op Magazine Senior Contributor, and aspiring renaissance man. He focuses on styles: with driving beats, alternative rock, and melodic Americana (Jolie Holland, Watermelon Slim, Ryan Pollie, Wiz Khalifa, Zao, Victor Bailey, Struggle Session, Fuse, Sugarfree Allstars)

Mixing & Mastering Engineer - Denis Emery @ Mastering.LT
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Lets make your music sound great on any device, pleasantly dynamic, punchy, with tight bass, wide and clean! I welcome everybody to my studio, where sonical magic will be applied with the best care:) Lets hear your new song and make it Sound much Better:)

High-End Mixing and Mastering - The-MPL
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The MPL is a full-scale music production studio at the heart of Toronto’s bustling music scene. We specialize in radio-ready mixing and mastering. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we now offer remote production assistance and reduced pricing. Stay inside and let us put the finishing touches on your music.

Mastering - Maria Triana
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For the past 16 years I worked for Sony Music Entertainment as a Mastering Engineer. There, I had the honor and opportunity to contribute my skills and expertise on many award winning recordings, with artists ranging from Donald Fagen to Wayne Shorter and Britney Spears to Bob Dylan.

World Class Mastering Service  - Carlos Freitas
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Mastering services for stereo and dolby atmos projects. Mixing services ( using stems ) for dolby atmos and Sony 360º projects. Dolby USA Certified Studio for Atmos services.

World Class Mastering Engineer - Disero Mastering
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My name is Eric Disero, better known as the electronic artist Disero. I have had multiple releases on Monstercat, STMPD, Armada, and Warner Music, and my masters have racked up 20 million plays on Spotify over the past couple years. If you're looking for an ear you can trust in the vital final stages of production, you have come to the right place.

Mastering Engineer  - Mark B. Christensen
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Multi Platinum, Grammy Award Winning Mastering. I'd love to hear your mix! We can work together to make sure your mix is everything it can be prior to Mastering. I've worked with all the Major Labels as well as many, many indie artists.

Analog Mastering, Big Mixes - Ohad Nissim
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It’s all about bringing out the essence of the artist and their music.

Mixing & Mastering & Producing - Rudi Dittmann|Ruhrtone Studios
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Multi platinum awarded music producer, mastering engineer, songwriter and studied sound engineer Rudi Dittmann from Germany. Mastering Enigineer for amongst others: Robin Schulz, James Blunt, ATB, Topic, Nervo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Alle Farben, Deepend, Moguai / Working for Labels like Sony, Spinnin', Armada, Universal, Warner, Kontor, WePlay

World Class Mastering Service - Reuben Cohen
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Reuben Cohen is an award-winning mastering engineer, winning a Latin Grammy for his work on Diego Torres' album “Distinto," and a TEC Award for his work on the single, "Happy," by Pharrell Williams.

Digital and Vinyl Mastering - Welcome to 1979
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Welcome to 1979 is an analog-centric studio in Nashville, Tennessee. With 7,000 square feet of space, all your needs from pre-production, to tracking, to mixing, to mastering (and vinyl cutting/electroplating) are housed under one roof.

Mixing Mastering Productions 📀 - Alex Picciafuochi Mastering
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Drumcode, Suara, Luca Agnelli - Caneschi, Revealed - Satoshi Tomiie - Robert Miles - Claudio Coccoluto - JAM Records. Sony, Universal, Warner, Kontor, Alex Neri (Planet Funk), Etruria, TheDub, Feiyr DANCE ALL DAY - Music Production since 1984 Price List: Stereo Master $30 / Stems Master $50 / Mixing $150

EDM & MelodicTechno Specialist - Rob Hes
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Clients released on: Afterlife, Atlant, Bedrock, Black Hole, Delsin, Ellum, Filth On Acid, Kraftek, Non Series, Oddity, Odd One Out, Ovum, Polegroup, R&S, Second State, SCI+TEC, Soma Toolroom, Tronic & many more.

Mastering | Free Sample | $50 - Daniel Szanto
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Award Winning | Major Label Credits | Free Sample | Free Mix Feedback | Unlimited Revisions | In 24 Hours

Just Great Mastering - Nicky Howard
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Clients & Labels include Anjunadeep | Max Cooper | Global Underground | Franky Wah | Afterlife (Tale of Us) | Braxton | Confession (Tchami) | Ewan McVicar | Lion Babe and More…

Multi-Platinum Mastering - VLM
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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.

Mastering Engineer - Todd Tobias
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Todd Tobias is a mastering engineer in the rock, acoustic, ambient, singer-songwriter, experimental, jazz and classical genres. Todd began his career making records with indie rock pioneers Guided by Voices in 2001.

Master of Loudness - Neel Erickson
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Icon Collective graduate providing loud & clean professionalized masters. I care about my clients and love working with all genres of music! Each and every track is unique and deserves its own unique attention. Credits include placement on Spotify’s New Music Friday and features in Warner films.

Tailored Mastering Service 📀  - Lars Meijer
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Mastering engineer specialized in the field of Dance/Electronic Music. Worked on projects for clients like Myon, Kaskade, Seven Lions, Fatum, Latenight Alumni, East & Young, Warren Fellow, Unders, Joep Mencke, JDX, Nytrix, AdamK, Devin Wild, The Prophet

Mixing & Mastering your work! - Zeitstill
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Do you want your compositions to be mixed and mastered? My name is Constantin and I studied Sound & Music Production in Germany. I am open for all genres, although I am specialized in electronic music. My offers are: Mixing, sophisticated Mix Feedback, Mastering, Stem Mastering, Sound Design, Synthesizer Reworks.

Loud. Clean. EDM Mix & Master. - Mark Shorter | Hotcaller
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I will unlock your track's potential to be industry-competitive, professionally finished & club/festival ready.

Mastering | Mixing | Remixing - C-Base Productions
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My name is Sebastian Schleinitz. I have been producing remixes since 2001 and have achieved many official releases so far (named "Captive of Society" or "Hartung & Schleinitz" Remix). Through remixing and own projects I worked on I deepened my skills in mixing and mastering (studies at HOFA Institute). So that I have also produced some bands.

Affordable Analog Mastering - legatomastering.pl
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Brand new, reference mastering room. I studied in Hollywood under Howie Weinberg & Vlado Meller. Apple Digital Masters and Tidal MQA certified engineer. I work with Polish most known independent bands & musicians, Polish & European labels, i. ex. FatCat Records UK, Instant Classic PL, Warner Music PL and many others.

Mastering music for 20 years! - Erman Aydöner
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Have been mastering for many years for many genres. Worked for hit records of national and interntional artists. Writer of the books Müzik Yapımında Mastering, Mastering Hakkında S.S.S., FAQ About Mastering. Being endorsed by many big companies. The pro last touch, the secret sauce for your art using specialized analog and digital equipment!

Hip Hop Mastering Engineer  - Studio Torrent
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Studio Torrent engineers are specialised in Mixing and Mastering Hip Hop & Dance Music.

Mastering for Rock and Metal - Soothsayer Audio
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Mixing and Mastering based in Northeast Ohio, at Soothsayer we want your ideas to come to life on a grand scale. My main focus at Soothsayer Audio is to overdeliver great results to happy clients. As a musician I understand that not only should your music sound great but the process should be fun! No egos, no pressure, just great music!

Mastering - Roxy
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Mastering, Audio Post Production

Mixing, Mastering & Production - Achilles (Iliad Studios)
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EDM/Pop Specialist, No. 64 Producer In The World By 1001tracklists, Credits: SPINNIN', ARMADA, REVEALED, HEXAGON, KONTOR, SOAVE + many more. Supported By: DAVID GUETTA, TIËSTO, HARDWELL, AFROJACK, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, TIMMY TRUMPET, W&W, MORTEN, MORGAN PAGE, MARLO, DADA LIFE, YVES V, MAURICE WEST, BLASTERJAXX, KRYDER + many more.

#1 Analog Mastering Experience - Nathan James
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Mastering for Radio + Streaming (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.). Music of all genres welcome. Recent clients / projects: Twenty-One Pilots, Pitbull, Gretchen Parlato, This or the Apocalypse. Work for labels: Atlantic Records, ESPN, Warner Music Group, Sony, etc.

EDM/GHOST PRODUCER/HOUSE MUSIC - Summ
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Hello, I'm Summ, I'm here to help you complete your ideas and provide a unique experience for you. I have extensive experience in production and mix/master, with co-productions entering major labels such as: Spinnin, Armada and others. Together more than 200 Tracks sold over 2 years. Talk to me if you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer.

mixing, mastering, producer - Dan Giffin
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My ultimate goal is to work closely with every artist to achieve the desired sound, quality, and creative goals on every project. I've had the opportunity to study and work with Grammy and Multi-Platinum audio engineers, and will make every effort to ensure you are satisfied with the end result of each project we work on.

Remote Mixing & Mastering - Sound Destination
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Make sure your music reaches a Sound Destination.

Expert Mixing & Mastering - Jon Weil
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I am focused on providing my clients the absolute best in mixing and mastering. Having worked with the likes of Gin Blossoms, Ed Sheeran, American Authors, and more I trust my naturally gifted ears, extensive experience with the recording process, custom studio, plus my analog and digital gear to help bring artists' work to its true potential.

Producer/engineer - Dale Hiscock
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I've been writing, recording, mixing, and mastering music for years. I specialize in chill and vibey stuff that often straddles the acoustic & electronic realms. From writing & production all the way to mixing and mastering, I can take your material to the next level.

What is Mastering?

Mastering adds the final sonic touch to a mixed song. It is the final process performed on a song before it gets released and distributed. Mastering aims to address the following issues

1. Matching a song's sonic character to that of other songs on the same album or playlist, so listening to different songs in sequence feels natural.

2. Optimizing loudness, so the song doesn't sound softer than other songs that might be played before or after it.

3. Adding the last touch of sonic enhancement to the mixed song, addressing macro problems such as harshness, muddiness or lopsided stereo balance, and complementing the mix with subtle global adjustments to EQ, clarity, warmth, punch and wideness.

 

Mastering is a quicker process than mixing and makes less of a difference on the overall sound of your song than mixing, but is nonetheless important as a finishing touch after mixing. It polishes the final mix so all the elements sound as good or better, while achieving extra loudness and 'glue'. Mastering is the final bridge between the mix and distribution.

No two mastering jobs are the same. The nuances of the source material make all the difference in how the engineer approaches mastering, and different engineers have different styles. They may need to merely fine-tune a song before it's ready to be distributed. Other times, a mix might require a significant amount of sonic clean up. Regardless of the project, the goal of mastering remains the same: to ensure audio sounds great across multiple platforms and on different speakers, headphones and listening environments. Mastering is as much a creative art as it is a science and is just as important as other elements in the production process. Get it wrong, and your listeners might think a track sounds "too loud and harsh" or "too muffled or weak". Get it right, and assuming the production and mix are good, your listeners will enjoy the experience.

Different Mastering Techniques

There are various techniques involved in audio mastering. Engineers might use some or all of the following:

Compression and limiting: Compressors and Limiters reduce the dynamic range of the final mix, and when used with taste, make the mix sound fuller, louder and more cohesive. It's easy to squash a mix with poor use of compressors and limiters so you want to work with an engineer who has experience, a good listening environment, a great set of ears and good gear.

Clipping: Some mastering engineers push their analog to digital converters or use software clippers to subtly lop off the peaks of an audio file, to achieve increased perceived loudness and a bit of saturation.

Equalization: Optimizing for a sonic balance that complements the song, often described in adjectives such warmth, huge bottom, brightness, openness or airiness.

Sequencing and spacing: If you are mastering an entire album, spacing lets you determine the amount of silence between each track, sequencing their order, and fades in song endings.

Creative Effects: Other effects include subtle reverb on the whole mix, distortion, stereo widener or filters.

Restoration: This process gets rid of any issues or unwanted sounds, such as pops, clicks, hum, and hiss.

Preparation for distribution: Some engineers will prepare audio files based on particular specifications of online music stores and streaming websites such as Spotify, Apple Music, or CDs. This might entail adjusting the file format, bit rate, sample rate and metadata depending on your needs, and the platform you are distributing to. Other mastering engineers deliver a high resolution Wave file is often sufficient based on your needs.

How to Choose a Mastering Engineer

Some important factors to consider when choosing a Mastering Engineer are experience, gear, listening environment and specialization in a particular genre. There are some benefits to choosing an engineer who has mastered recordings in your genre. Listen to examples of his or her work. This gives you a feel for their work and lets you decide whether an engineer is right for you. Do they specialize in mastering? It might be fine that they do other things, as long as they are devoted enough to the art and science of mastering to have the proper gear, a well tuned critical listening environment and experience.

On SoundBetter you can listen to sound samples, research a mastering engineer's experience, and read reviews of previous clients.

Keep in mind that while the most renowned sound engineers might charge thousands of dollars for their services, some offer reduced rates to indie artists and producers. Also, some engineers might charge you less if you pay for several songs or an entire album in advance. Keep in mind that mastering is a relatively affordable step in the process, so probably not worth skimping on.

Was your song mixed in stereo, or in Dolby Atmos or other Immersive format? If you have an immersive production (multi-channel mix that is greater than stereo), you should hire a mastering engineer that specializes in immersive.

How to Prep Your Mixes for Mastering

The first step of preparing a mix for mastering, is to be sure you love the mix. Don't expect mastering to fix a mix you don't love.

Once you are happy with the mix, simply export the tracks to a stereo file from your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), with the same sample rate and bitrate as your original mix session. If it's 16/44.1, use that. Same goes for 24/48, and so on. Don't upsample (export from a lower to a higher sample rate). If you hired a professional mixing engineer, they will know what files to deliver.

Make sure there is headroom in your mix for mastering. In other words pay attention that you aren't clipping or regularly peaking your master bus if you mixed the song yourself. The mastering engineer needs some room to manipulate the audio file. A mix that is very 'hot' doesn't leave them that room. One of the biggest pet peeves shared by mastering engineers is mixes that are too loud. These mixes are difficult to master and might result in a finished master that sounds very similar to the mix. -3 dB of headroom is usually a good goal, but simply make sure the mastering engineer has headroom to do their work.

If you have any plugins on your master bus, you can remove them, unless they are creative effects that are integral to the production. Generally speaking, compressors, EQs and limiters should be removed.  If this causes your track to clip you can just pull your master fader back a bit, or leave a limiter on, but set it to no gain reduction - rather just to catch the few peaks, so you don't clip the DAW's master bus. If you do leave a limiter on, make sure you have dither set to 'off'. If you see the limiter is gain reducing a lot, even though you didn't set it to gain reduce (i.e you set it to 0 or -.01), that means you're hitting the input of the master bus too hot, and you should pull back the faders on your individual tracks.  If you do need to pull all your individual tracks down by a couple of dB, make sure you account for tracks that have automation written, as they may 'bounce back' to their original position. You can avoid this by lowering all the tracks through the automation, rather than using the faders.

Make sure you review your mix to remove any pops or clicks. You may not notice these but if they exist they may be accentuated in mastering. It's helpful to listen to individual tracks soloed to catch these. Pay particular attention to sections you have edits. If you didn't add fade to edits, you might have digital pops that are easy to miss when many tracks are playing together, but that should be addressed.

Lastly, align your expectations of what mastering can do to a mix. There are subtle things that can be done in mastering to shape and optimize loudness, tone, punch and intensity. However, mastering is not mixing. Mastering can only slightly improve a mix. It doesn't replace the need for a great recording, production and mix. Those are ingredients that make all the difference. Mastering is just the cherry on top.

Master your songs

Mastering is best left to professional mastering engineers. It is affordable enough, that squeezing 5% more shine out of your track is usually a good investment after you've put in all the work to get to that point. The alternative is reducing the quality by 5% by not working with a pro mastering engineer.. Prepping your mixes for mastering and hiring a great engineer with experience in your genre could provide you with just the right touch to take your track from great to awesome. A good mastering engineer can shine a diamond, but not create one.

Happy mastering!

 

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