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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.
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.
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.
Mastering specialist @ George Martin's AIR Studios, London. Analogue mastering at one of the most prodigious and respected facilities. 2014 Pro Sound Awards WINNER! DUE TO HIGH DEMAND I'M UNABLE TO ACCEPT SINGLE SONG PROJECTS $90 per track !! SPECIAL SOUNDBETTER OFFER ONLY
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.
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. I don't claim to have a secret sauce to add to your productions. My workflow is simple. I use the best tools available in an acoustically treated studio to get your music sounding amazing.
Camilo Silva F : 2X Latin Grammy Award winning mastering engineer and pro audio equipment manufacturer. We're Apple MFiT Certified studio. Some of my credits include : Carlos Vives, Andres Cepeda, Morat, LosPetitFellas,Mojito Lite, Zoé.... Camilo is a Universal Audio endorsed artist, AES full time member, LARAS member and also a teacher.
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.
Hi, I'm Dario, I will be delighted to work on you music. BigBizStudio is our place where commit your music, we use the most advanced techniques in mix and mastering and work with Major Labels like Sony and Warner, and now we are happy to extend our services to SoundBetter. We are fully accredited from Apple as "Mastered For Itunes" MFiT.
Mixing and mastering engineer at Above Ground Studios designed by audio guru Frank Comentale. I recently mixed and mastered Shordie Shordies's "Bitchua" (Spotify "Most Necessary" Playlist, 7 Million plus views on You Tube) and Tate Kobang's "Bank Rolls Remix" (#4 Spotify #22 Billboard, HBO "Ballers", MTV "Wildin Out", Playstation "Watch Dogs 2").
I provide professional audio mastering and mixing services for record labels, independent artists and distribution companies. My goal is to deliver a great sound in any musical genre.
Are you tired of being underwhelmed when you hear your own music? Hire an engineer who cares as much as you do. My name is Brad Smalling, an MFIT-approved mixing and mastering engineer, and I have one goal: to give your music the same care and attention during mixing and mastering that you gave it during the writing process.
We like to work on highly artistic and complex projects that requires high level of skills, judgement, and feel. Highly artistic projects, concept albums as well as Audiophile-type of albums are very welcome. We love working with unique and audacious independent artists as well as pop artist that are about to breakthrough.
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>
Mixing Mastering since 1984 from Analog to Digital Era: Drumcode, Suara, Etruria Beat w. Luca Agnelli (Moby Agnelli Rmx). Coccoluto, TheDub. Alex Neri (Planet Funk). Caneschi. Robert Miles (Remastering CD/Digital/Vinyl). Sony Music. Universal Music. Warner Music. Kontor Rec. Feiyr DANCE ALL DAY GmbH. (A.k.a. Rainbox EDM Ghost Prod. w. Caneschi)
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.
Our collaboration will be pleasant and professional. Top notch results by talking through and understanding your vision and musical preferences. Studio at the famous Funkhaus Berlin. Formerly involved @WavesAudio in Tel Aviv. Welcoming atmosphere, great communication.
Hey, I’m Kuyano, a German electro house DJ and producer! I'm an official FL Studio Power User and I create music for 10 years now. I worked with many artists from Armada Music and Revealed Recordings. In 2019 my track "With You" was nominated for the Hollywood Music Awards.
Credits include GRAMMY & Latin GRAMMY nominated, Dove Award winning & Billboard charting artists like: For King & Country, Mae, Ruelle, George Canyon, Christine D'Clario, Neal McCoy, Bethel Music, Beacon Light, Steven Malcolm, Capitol Records, Sony Music, Word Entertainment, Tooth & Nail Records & more.
Hi, I'm Francesco Brini and i run Spectrum Mastering & Vinyl a dedicated mastering studio based in the center of Bologna, Italy. i've been mastering full time since 2010 and my credits includes Cassius, Pharrell, Swayzak, Mathew Jonson, Apparat and Lo Stato Sociale among others.
I've worked with Artists from different countries such as Dubai and Belgium. I've done live sound engineering as well for a year and have over 5 years of music produciton experience. Independent record label.
...recently, mastered The Feelies, mixed a Richard Thompson doc in 5.1 surround. 2 Alex Chilton albums...WFMU Super Hits of the Seventies is getting nice airplay, as is the Poor Man's Opera. Writing and recording and playing bass with Fond Farewells...Roger C. Reale and Rue Morgue (Mick Ronson, GE Smith) coming out soon, Unicorn (David Gilmour)
Hi my name is Antonio Ruggiero, I'm a mastering engineer with a background experience as recording and mixing engineer. I have mastered more than one hundred records. My studio is equipped with the finest analog and digital gears. Excellent acoustic of the room and superb monitoring are the strong foundation of my work.
I'd love to bring my audio aesthetics and commitment to sonics to your project. Platinum and gold records, major national ads and songs placed in worldwide tv shows. My mixes get noticed and placed.
Studied sound engineering in México and Spain. Been working as a freelance since 2003 for several studios in México, Spain and USA, including: Robert Lang Studios (Seattle, USA), Floating Point Studio (Guadalajara, MX), Estudios Montecristo (México DF), Equis Cosa (México DF), Kay´Nah (México DF), Fonomex (México DF), Eurosonic (Madrid, Spain), etc
Max Paparella is a Mixing & Mastering Engineer, Hammond organist and pianist, composer. He has over twenty years' experience in the music field. He works @ Groove Sound Design, a professional mixing and mastering studio, featuring the best of both analog and modern digital tools.
On-Line Worldwide Services www.rmicstudio.com Hi-End Recording Studio for Music Production and Hi-End Mastering Suite (up to 192KHz/64-bit) Studio deals with TV, Film and Theatre soundtracks and Music Productions of many styles. Dr Makeys specializes in modern & vintage genres as Pop, Rock, Metal, Ethnic, Hip-Hop, Jazz e.t.c.
Hey, I am Satyam, a mixing, and mastering engineer. Graduated from Berklee College of Music in Music Production. I have extensive knowledge in digital mastering and mixing various genres of music such as electronic, rock, pop, jazz and world music. Apart from this, I am an instructor at Sound Engineering Department at Seamedu Academy, Bangalore.
Mastering for online, CD and vinyl when it needs to be dynamic, big and sexy. Delivering that organic, vintage tone with all the good bits of modern day mastering included, topped off with over 30 years of experience in the music business.
We offer top quality, quick & affordable mastering. Grammy Nom. Clients Include: Max Roach, Marky Mark, DJ Premier, Wu-Tang, Tom Jones, Skatalites, Peter Wolf, Magic Dick (J Geils), Mike Mangini, James Labrie (Dream Theater), RJD2, Coolio, many more. Free preview & No charge for "any" Revisions. Stem mastering & free mix consulting if desired.
Mastering - Vinyl and DigitalJoe Lambert Masteringfavorite_borderfavorite115 Christopher Columbus Dr
Joe is a multi Grammy-nominated Mastering engineer. Our fantastic mastering room is in the heart of booming downtown Jersey City. We've collected the best in high end vintage analog gear and the latest digital technology to make the best sounding records possible.. Clients include Animal Collective, Moby, City and Colour, etc.
The cleanest, punchiest, warmest, load-balanced, dynamic mixes and masters. Worked with world-renowned celebrities, artists, and deejays. Enhancement top-tier quality mastering. 20+ Years of dedicated successful experience. 24-Hour Mastering. 5-Day Mixing Turnaround. NDA Friendly.
I started my mastering career in January 2007. I relocated to Spain for one year in 2012 and undertook some work for Jaime Helios, a Spanish New-Age artist who went on to win the BEST NEW AGE/AMBIENT ARTIST in HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARDS 2013 for a song mixed and mastered by myself. I then moved to Manchester in 2013 where I undertook many projects. Now I have started a new mastering studio Major Oak Audio Mastering in Nottingham and H-Sound Music will continue to be based in Manchester.
Full-time songwriter/producer/mix-&mastering eng. Work feat. on major TV&Radio stations. As official MFiT™️ studio I have written/prod./mixed Youtube viral hits (+3 million Hits), int. albums & singles. Easy and clear communication, whether having mixed Grammy Award winning producers or start-out-artist I always give you my best!
I am a professional and versatile audio engineer that will help you take your music to the next level, making your music sound as clear, full and powerful as the music on the radio.
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.