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Hi-Fidelity Radio Ready + Spotify/AppleMusic Ready — Love working on new genre blends + unique sounds - Years of garage bands and indie tours accumulated to Hey Monday’s signing to Columbia Records and tours w/ Fall Out Boy, 50 Cent, Justin Bieber + All American Rejects. Recording artist, producer + songwriter, founder of Blossöm Records in LA.
Past-President of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) worldwide, Andres provides a FREE audio quality report that really helps you to get the most out of your mixes before mastering. Mayo boasts credits in over 3,000 albums released on all formats since 1991. Send us one unmastered mix and you will get a 100% free audio quality report in 48 hours.
Camilo Silva F : 2X Latin Grammy Award winner, analog mastering ! Award-winning mastering skills and technology at a price you can afford ! Why settle for some random A.I mastering platform or lesser "do-it-all" solutions when you can have a real, trained,expert mastering specialist listening to YOUR needs? The real deal !
Certified Platinum! Mixing & mastering engineer at Above Ground Studios designed by audio guru Frank Comentale. I recently mixed and mastered Warner Bros artist Shordie Shordie’s single “Betchua” (Over 200million streams) and 300 Ent. artist Tate Kobang's "Bank Rolls Remix" (#4 Spotify #22 Billboard, HBO "Ballers", MTV "Wildin Out", Playstation).
Australian SAE graduate engineer specialising in EDM and Bass Music. Working with clients that produce a wide variety of sounds from Deep House, Bass House, Future Bass, Trap, Dubstep, Riddim and everything in between.
AIR Mastering [founded by George Martin] specialise in all formats of analogue and digital mastering, providing high-end audio services to the world’s music industry. From independent artists to major labels and cult TV soundtracks to Hollywood blockbusters our highly-skilled team with some of the best ears in the business will enhance your release
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 LOW, GALAXIE 500, WILL OLDHAM... Nowadays, I spend most of my time on my own music, and on MIXING & MASTERING.
Real Wordclass mastering services to achieve that Big, Fat, Warm and Punchy Major Label Sound thanks to a state of the art, no compromise, high end mastering facility. Only top notch analog equipment (Maselec, Prism, Sontec, Fairchild, KNIF, Tubetech, Vertigo) & top class sound techniques to make your tracks shine.
Specializing in Electronic Music of all genres, Gosteffects is available to bring your productions to the next level whether it is mixing, mastering, arrangement, or taking your midi and running it through classic analog synths such as Oberheim/Roland/Korg to bring music alive. Read the reviews below to see what artists on SoundBetter are saying.
As a mastering engineer & audio editor with over 25 years’ experience in the recording industry, 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.
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.
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
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.
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)
I provide professional audio mastering and mixing services for record labels, artists and distribution companies. My goal is to deliver a great sound and pleasant sonical aesthetics in every mix and master I do.
Songs I have produced/mixed/mastered have garnered over 400 Million streams across the internet. As an artist, I understand the delicacies that make a song sound special. In this day and age, sounding unique is more important than sounding "perfectly polished".
Andy Lin is a mastering engineer at Studio DMI and has been part of the team since early 2018. He spends his time in the studio working alongside mentors Luca Pretolesi and Scott Banks on his own client projects as well as assisting on theirs.
We specialise in acoustic folk music with a particular interest in Ethnic or 'World' music, country, bluegrass and rock. We provide a session service on hand percussion, sax, clarinet, whistles and a number of hand-made pitched woodwind instruments. International exchange rates will favor those in the U.S. and Europe. Quick turn-around guaranteed.
By understanding the process from creation to market, our mastering services give you the big sonics of today with a warm, old soul twist that allows for a favorable reception when vying for placement.
Master Frasco Audio Labs is run by Chris Frasco. He has worked entirely as a mastering engineer since 2012; specializing in Pop, Rock, Country, and Hip Hop, for artists such as; O'Shea, Hit The Lights, Brian Wright, Janelle Arthur, and many more.
Bringing out ear-catching details, while retaining clarity and balance is one of my primary goals as an engineer. With a focus on dance and club music, two of my top credits have been as a mixing and mastering engineer for pop duo PRXZM on "Where We Started" and "Release", which have garnered over 360,000 streams collectively.
Hi! My name is Josh Gonzalez and I am a certified audio engineer. I graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College and I have 7 years of experience using Pro Tools/Logic ProX as my main recording, mixing, editing and mastering DAW.
Defected, Elrow, Nervous Records, Intec Digital, Funk N Deep, Twisted Fusion, 1605 Music Therapy, Madtech, to name a few. My artist credits include Max Chapman (Toolroom), Waitz (Defected, Elrow), Pete Dorling (Hot Creations), Jhonsson (Lost Records/Knee Deep In Sound) see more>
Drumcode, Suara, Luca Agnelli Moby Official Remix - Robert Miles (Remastering CD/Digital/Vinyl) - Etruria - Coccoluto, TheDub - Alex Neri (Planet Funk) - Caneschi - Stefano Cantini & Romano Zuffi - Sony - Universal - Warner - Kontor - Feiyr / DANCE ALL DAY GmbH - Mixing Mastering since 1984 from Analog Era to Digital Era.
I am an internationally acclaimed mixing and mastering engineer with over 300 rave reviews on jazz albums I have mixed and mastered (Including 3 Downbeat Magazine awarded "Masterpiece Albums" and a Jazzwise "Best Release" of the year). I can take your album to the next level. Want your album to have that "world-class sound"? I can help.
Todd Tobias is a musician/ music producer/ mastering engineer in the rock, acoustic, ambient and singer-songwriter genres. Todd began his career with indie rock pioneers Guided by Voices in 2001.
Producer and Mastering Engineer specializing in Tech House, Progressive House , Melodic Techno , UK House, Bass House, Deep House. Having Moog Subsequent 37 and The Roland Jupiter 8 analogue synths for production and UAD as well. Have releases on such labels like Toolroom, Simma Black, Enormous Tunes, Hed Kandi. 10+ years experience
I'm a mastering engineer with over 2 decades of experience, a certified Apple Digital Masters (formerly known as Mastered for itunes) engineer and mastered several itunes and Beatport #1s in genres like Techno, Electro House, Hip Hop, Electronica on labels like Drumcode, Second State, Warner, Chimperator or Toolroom.
Matthew Styles renowned artist, producer, mixing and mastering engineer for many top artists. Clients Include: Defected, Rekids, Hot Creations, Studio Barnhus, Glitterbox & Hivern Discs. I can make a professional mix & master of your music which will sound great in all environments. Every song is different and I will do my best for you!
Credits with The Replacements, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gaslight Anthem, Screeching Weasel, and many more. Audio mastering studio specializing in all styles of music using an analog/digital hybrid setup with only the finest analog and digital tools. I am also an active member of AES and beta tester for a variety of audio software companies.
Ben Watts, musician, record producer and audio engineer, has worked with the freshest new talent in music such as Kelby Costner, Lee Brice, Paul Gilbert, Luke Combs, Tim Cote, Terra Bella, Rudy Parris, Bobby Barth, Mark Pinske, Darin Warner, Dustin Huff, Morgan Lynsey and many more.
With productions supported by DJMag Top 100 artists including Blasterjaxx and Timmy Trumpet, I am a producer and mixing and mastering engineer based in London, UK. I have had experience working with a large variety of genres, with a specialism in the electronic field. I have also had releases reaching over 250k plays online.
I offer a professional mastering service, perfect for independent artists of all genres. With a first class honours degree in Popular Music Production and a great deal of experience picked up from working at multiple studios and with worldwide clients, my aim is to help artists to materialise their visions and nail their sound.
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 Larry Anthony became involved in the recording process in 1968 and has pursued this career ever since. Obtaining degrees in Electronics and Acoustics along with intense studies in Psycho-acoustics he has dedicated his 40+ years of Music Industry experience to focus exclusively on the best possible mastering processes.
From my perspective, development is more important than a 'one-time' quality upgrade. If you're like me, help on projects is great -- but I need to know WHERE and HOW I can improve on the next attempt.
I know what you are exactly searching for because I'm also a musician like you and that makes the difference... I'm a producer, songwriter and singer who will help you to take your songs to the next level, recording and creating a professional sound.
My aim is to provide rock & metal musicians with an affordable, all-in-one mixing & mastering solution. I'd be thrilled to take your recordings to the next level! You'll receive your distribution-specific masters within a short turnaround, and with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!
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!
Loud and proud or High Dynamic Range punch, your music will be mastered to its maximum potential to compete on the world stage. With 30 years of experience, I've engineered on Gold and Platinum records, as well as Grammy, Oscar and Emmy nominated productions including Neil Young, Tower of Power, Marcus Miller, Diana Ross, Moby and many others.
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 sequence, so listening to them 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. Engineers may need to merely fine-tune a recording before it's ready to be distributed. Other times, a mix might require a significant amount of cleaning up. Regardless of the project, the goal of mastering remains the same: to ensure audio sounds great across multiple platforms and on different speakers. 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 A to D converters or use software clippers to subtly lop off the peaks of an audio file, to achieve increased perceived loudness.
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 of their order, and fades during 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 iTunes, 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
Not all mastering engineers are the same. Some important factors to consider when choosing an 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.
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).
This is probably the most critical piece of advice when sending a song for mastering - Make sure there is headroom. In other words pay attention that you aren't clipping or regularly peaking your master bus. 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 engineers is audio mixes that are too loud. These recordings are difficult to master and might result in a finished product that sounds very similar to the final mix. -3 dB of headroom is usually fine, but the rule of thumb is 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 where you have edits. If you didn't fade 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. Some clients expect too much from mastering. 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 the 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, as opposed to reducing the quality by 5% by not working with a pro mastering engineer, is usually a good investment after you've put in all the work to get to that point. 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. Do remember though, that a mastering engineer can shine a diamond, but not create one.