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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 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 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 when you can have a real, trained,expert mastering specialist listening to YOUR needs? The real deal !
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.
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, Trance, Future Bass, Trap, Mid Tempo, Dubstep, Riddim and everything in between.
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.
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.
Specializing in Electronic Music of all genres, Gosteffects is available to bring your productions to the next level whether it is mixing, mastering, or taking your midi and running it through classic analog synths to bring music alive. Analog/Digital Mastering available. Read the reviews below to see what artists on SoundBetter are saying.
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'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
Gavin Lurssen has been a mastering engineer since 1991 and has been in the forefront of, and contributor to the many technical developments that have taken place in the industry over the past two decades.
Certified 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 300 million streams) and 300 Ent. artist Tate Kobang's "Bank Rolls Remix" (#4 Spotify #22 Billboard, HBO "Ballers", MTV "Wildin Out", Playstation).
I've been in the industry for 20 years now. I Work for independent artists as well as mayor labels. I put my ears before my eyes. Multi nominated for several albums and Latin Grammy Member. . Recorded, mixed and mastered tracks for Latin America and the US I offer a Free consultation pre mix or mastering to prepare the tracks.
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
Songs I have produced/mixed/mastered have garnered over 450 Million 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".
As a mastering engineer 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.
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!
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.
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.
**Grammy Award Winning Engineer** & *OFFICIALLY CREDITED ON 31 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.
As an Engineer for names like Dreamville, Keyshia Cole, Ari Lennox & others, Lu has become one of LA's trusted engineers for high profile names. If you are looking for someone to tailor your sound and music to your taste, reach out and see what Lu's experienced ear can do for you. Feasible pricing for an expensive Sound.
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.
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, Nervo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Alle Farben, Deepend, Moguai // Working for Labels like Sony, Spinnin', Armada, Universal, Warner, Kontor, WePlay
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.
Get the professional result that you want. Our suite of Sound Engineering services are open to the public and specialize in Tech House, House, and Techno. Our experienced engineers will lend a fresh set of ears to take your music to the next level.
Are you an EDM producer and are struggling to get your track sounding loud like the pros? Then look no further! I can help your song slap. I don't work with analog gear, I master my stuff all in the box. Let me help you master your song at an affordable price. You don't need expensive analog gear to make your track sound good.
Drumcode. Suara. Luca Agnelli's Moby Rmx. Robert Miles. Sony. Universal. Warner. Kontor. Alex Neri (Planet Funk). Coccoluto. Caneschi. Unrilis. Filth on Acid. Etruria. TheDub. Stefano Cantini & Romano Zuffi. . Feiyr, DANCE ALL DAY. Mix & Master since 1984 from Analog to Digital Era. Making music keep you safe!!!
Todd Tobias is a mastering engineer in the rock, acoustic, ambient, singer-songwriter, experimental, jazz and classical genres. Todd began his career with indie rock pioneers Guided by Voices in 2001.
renowned top notch producer / mixer / mastering engineer specialized in metal, but not limited to metal. the sound of ORDEN OGAN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, ROSS THE BOSS, BRAINSTORM and many more. also up for all different kinds of music genres! write a message!
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.
Hi, I’m Bram Fidder, exclusively signed Spinnin’ Records artist and owner of This Mix Is Sick. We offer top-level mixing and mastering to get your music to the next level. When I started out I wish that this service existed, that’s why I started it. To make YOU sound sick!
NEW STUDIO 2020 ! Incredible acoustics ! Apple Digital Masters (MFiT) and MQA certified engineer. I studied under Howie Weinberg & Vlado Meller in Hollywood LA. 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.
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.
Sound engineer with emphasis in recording, editing, mixing and mastering. I have more than 10 years of experience. I currently work as the mastering engineer at TEC Audiovisual. Free edit / mix / mastering test. Send your audios and at maximum of 48 hours you will receive your edit / mix / mastering test.
Need House or Tech House ? I'm the right person for this job :) My Productions supported by Green Velvet , Idris Elba , Tiesto , David Guetta and etc and played on festivals like EDC Las Vegas and Coachella ! I can help you to create your new song or track exactly the way you want, using your ideas !
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!
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.
Alan Douches of West West Side Music has over 10,000 credits to his name: Sufjan Stevens, Animal Collective, Converge, LCD Soundsystem, Fleetwood Mac, Ben Folds Five, Cannibal Corpse, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Fallout Boy, The Misfits, and so on. Best of all, we're more affordable than our competitors.
Have been mastering for many years for many genres. Worked for hit records of national and interntional artists. Writer of the first mastering book in Turkey named "Muzik Yapiminda Mastering". Being endorsed by many big companies. The pro last touch, the secret sauce for your art using specialized analog and digital equipment!
I'm a mastering engineer at thehitlab in Nashville, TN--I have plenty of major label and indie credits to my name and I strive to provide high quality, affordable mastering. In addition, I still love mixing records and mix at least a few projects every month.
Top quality at a low cost? Let's make it happen. Armed with 20+ years of experience, awards and international praise for a truly unique and original sound. You are safe with me by your side. Now let's get to work and write some history together!
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.