Top Mastering Engineers for Hire
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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 2,500 albums released on all formats since 1991. Send us one unmastered mix and you will get a complete audio quality report in 48 hours.
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 ATM FROM NEW CLIENTS
Of the thousands of records I've Produced, 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.
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.
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.
Mixing and mastering engineer at Above Ground Studios designed by audio guru Frank Comentale. I recently mixed and mastered Tate Kobang's "Bank Rolls Remix" (#4 Spotify #22 Billboard, HBO "Ballers", MTV "Wildin Out", Playstation "Watch Dogs 2") and Lil Mo's "Come See Me" (remix) feat. Party Next Door and Drake.
I've teamed up with Soundbetter to give you an opportunity to work with real professionals from the Music Industry. We won't charge normal industry rates but we will definitely give you the same industry standard quality every time. I've produced for Chris Brown (Second Hand Love) I've Assisted on Kanye debut album (College Drop Out) Lets callab!!!
Mike Schoonmaker is the chief engineer as well as owner at Gigantic Mastering: a small mastering studio nestled away in Upstate NY. Every album he works on is approached with the artist's needs in mind: musical and 'tonal' references from the artist as well as unlimited revisions.
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.
Mixing, mastering engineer and producer specialising in House & Techno. I have released and worked with some of the top industry labels such as Nervous Records, Simma Black, Madtech, Twisted Fusion, to name a few. Some artists credits include Max Chapman (Toolroom), Pete Dorling (Hot Creations), Jhonsson (Lost Records/Knee Deep In Sound) see more>
Producer/Mixing and Mastering Engineer One half of production duo Bordertown. Have done some high profile remixes including Yoko Ono, Avicii, Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora. Have done mixing and mastering for various indie labels and majors.
A black-sheep when it comes to the world of music. His friendly approach is equally important to his clients as his final mixes & masters. Brad believes in mixing with quality analog gear, and understands the sonic benefit it will bring to client's songs.
Hi, I am a remote mastering and mixing engineer and specialize in mixing pop, rock and dance. Since 2012 I have been working for a Dutch based jingle company, mixing and mastering for some of the greatest radiostations in the world. Through this job I have gained a lot of experience in great sounding vocals and "radio ready" productions.
I'm a mixing and mastering specialist. I've been practicing my art for 13 years. I'm looking for your total satisfaction regarding my work. To reach this goal I will listen carefully to your need and always keep my ego away from the project. To generate feeling and a unique expericence is the goal, technical mastery is my tool.
My background is in Hip Hop and Urban Pop, but I specialize in Top 40 and Electronic genres | PROFESSIONAL REQUESTS ONLY Twitter.com/ayytexasdrew(Verified) Instagram.com/texasdrew (Verified) Facebook.com/texasdrew(Verified)
# Specialized in Mixing & Mastering Electronic Music [House, Techno, Downtempo, Hip Hop] + Add analog tape Sound + Get Color and Character through Vintage Console Sound + Optimize the punch and power of your audio + Fix Phasing Issues + Fine tune the Dynamics + more than 10 years experience
When I started my musical journey 25 years ago (using a Commodore C64 as my first "instrument") I already should have known what would turn out to be the most important thing in my life: Sound. Good sound!
Atlanta based musician and recording/mixing/mastering engineer. I've spent a lot of time working at studios around Atlanta with the majority of my time being spent at the famous Southern Tracks Recording Studio, where I learned from the best. Most of my work has been for rock/indie/punk/metal/alternative artists, but I'm comfortable with anything.
The Foxboro is a dedicated audio mastering studio located in Grand Rapids, MI. Owner & Founder Mike Cervantes has mastered music for Major Label & Indie Artists from all over the globe spanning every genre of music. With his experience & dedication as a "final set of ears", Mike has been apart of mastering albums & singles on the Billboard charts.
Mastering? Better get a Specialist... We make the mastering process as productive and enjoyable as possible. After mastering with Specialized, your music will have power, texture, vibe, balance, and of course a healthy “level”. 15 years of happy ears.
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.
10+ years Qualified & Experienced Audio/Mastering Engineer, Producer & Live-Event Organizer. I specialize in Online Mastering & Restoration services. You are welcome to send me 1 Track to receive a free Mastered sample.
Mixing, mastering, recording and restoration studio from South Europe. With 2 engineers with experience over a decade providing you new approach in our services, with only goal-To give your music glow that deserves.
With a no-nonsense approach, Audio Expertise delivers professional results of the finest audio quality, and helps you complete your project – whether you need recording, editing, mixing or mastering. Our studio is located in a former iron foundry, which has been converted into recording studios built to the highest specifications.
Owner and chief engineer at Bardo recording studios, the biggest recording studios in Israel. Recording, Mixing, and Mastering engineer. Worked with top selling artists in the Israeli music industry. During the past 10 years, I have focused myself in Mixing and Mastering.
2Track Mastering offers online/remote mastering services for any size project. We specialize in working with independent artists and small studios looking to prepare their recordings for CD or digital distribution like iTunes or Spotify.
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
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.
We offer high quality, affordable mastering, and offer free mix consultation and stem mastering if desired. I treat your project as if it's my own and will make sure you're 100% satisfied_Free Preview_Totally Risk Free w/Less than 24 Hour Turn-around_No Charge for "any" Revisions.. even Mix Revisions after hearing a Master.
I started producing music on tape multitracks in the early 1990's. 25 years later, I'm now lucky enough to have the use of Teesside University's state-of-the-art Pro Tools HDX facility, and to work with some very talented people both at the university and at my record company, Coastline Records.
Arjan Rietvink Online Mastering is situated in the Netherlands in a town called Baarn (near Amsterdam). We started our mastering studio 20 years ago. Since then we have mastered thousands of tracks for CD and online releases. Over the years we have mastered various styles of music and we have built up a worldwide clientele.
Welcome to Wanalog Studios ;-) , Stem-Mastering to the next Level , at an unbeatable cost ( 50 $ for one song , you choose from a two bus to a 7 stereo stems , no prices changing )
We record bands, capture live gigs, make soundtracks and music documentaries aspiring to create a channel for quality music from around the globe. In the spirit of preserving our traditional heritage using high quality tools, alongside creating fusion to help us unite and grow culturally in this global age. The studio is our home mothership.
"Since I first heard this track, I can’t stop playing it. Truly a masterpiece from Enji, and a wonderful flash-back to the early days of top-notch Dubstep" (EDM.com http://www.dubstep.net/track/5039) on "Watts"
we are a duo of producers from Holland. gerben Klazinga is a seasoned studio engineer and has produced, mixed and mastered some of the netherlands best prog albums of recent memory! my name is koen and I work as assistant and I specialize in recording metal and rock bands.
Hi, I am German Pro working in the field of song writing, music production, mixing, mastering and arranging of strings and horns since 1988. I already worked on more than 50 albums and I wrote over 400 songs, ranging from Classical to Rock, from Pop to Dance, from EDM to electronic music and from Soul to Crossover.
<b>Audio Engineer Available for Booking</b> Services for a wide range of styles of music and budgets. Rates are determined by the specifications of each project. Recording Engineer/Pro Tools Operator $30hr with-in the Los Angeles area
An enterprising young man whose deep passion resonates within music. Born into the music industry Kasey Phillips has always worked in the recording facilities of his dad, Kenny Phillips, renowned guitarist and producer.
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.