Holy Tapes! Mastering


Jersey City NJ   |   tel: 201.314.9480   |   nick@holytapes.com



ABOUT

Nicholas Bolton engineers all projects at Holy Tapes! Mastering. Nick started mastering in 2014 to help independent bands enhance and finish their albums affordably. He’s since worked with hundreds of artists and rebuilt the studio in Jersey City NJ.


Nick is also the Audio / Video Supervisor at NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts where he teaches, designs and engineers for three performance spaces.


He creates modular synth + tape loop music under the names Arsenic and Raft. Past projects include ex wife and Wetwired.


PRICING

Album Mastering - $35 per song

Singles - $50 per song

Digital Masters for Vinyl or Cassette - $50 per album

CD DDP Image - $25 per album

Recording + Mixing - contact me

Metadata encoding, edits and revisions are included. Rates are flexible, let me know if you need some help.



PREPARATION

For best results keep mix bus processing light, please no limiting.

Send digital mixes in a .zip file to avoid possible data corruption.

Also send an email or text file with the following
- Spelling, capitalization and punctuation of the band name, album name and each track title
- Album order, including side splits for cassette and vinyl release
- Any specific track spacing notes (or a reference audio file of the album with spaces)
- ISRC / UPC codes if applicable
- Alternate version needs (instrumental, radio, etc.)
- Album or song references for A/B comparisons
- Album art if you want it encoded in MP3s
- Any other special instructions you have
TURNAROUND

Turnaround times vary based on scheduling but average about one week. Rush service guarantees master previews within 3 days - contact me for availability.

Payment is appreciated in advance but if money’s tight we'll figure something out.

I send previews as 16bit WAV files for approval.

Final masters are delivered as WAV files in both 16bit/44.1khz and 24bit/96khz. Additional high resolution files are included in the download link for analog-friendly masters and DDP Image if ordered.


Let me know if you have any additional formatting needs.


MONITORING
Tyler Acoustics MM5X Monitors, Parasound Halo A23+ Power Amplifier, Trinnov ST2 Pro Optimizer, Sennheiser HD 600 Headphones

TRANSFER
Lynx Hilo AD/DA Converter, TK Audio S-Blender Mastering Console,  Yamaha KX-1200 Cassette Deck (restored), Sound Devices USB Pre 2

ANALOG
Buzz Audio REQ 2.2 MEA (mastering), Hendyamps Michelangelo EQ (mastering), Manley Variable Mu Compressor (mastering), API 2500 Bus Compressor (modified)

DIGITAL
Steinberg Wavelab Pro 9.5, Avid Protools 12, Izotope RX6 Audio Repair Software, Plugins from DMG, FabFilter, Izotope, Sonnox + more