I CAN ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING FORMATS

- Digital Files - any format, up to 192k samples rate, 24 bit via CD or web transfer
- Cassette Tape
- Digital Audio Tape
- Vinyl Records for remastering / noise reduction + restoration processes
- AAF Files for film mixing / noise reduction + restoration processes

PREPARATION
Before you send mixes please listen carefully for any unwanted clipping, distortion or sibilance. Also be aware of low and mid frequency masking since this can be tricky to fix during mastering.

Make sure audio doesn’t peak above -3dBFS. For best results keep mix bus processing light.

Send digital mixes in a zip file to avoid possible data corruption. And please include a text file with the exact spelling + punctuation of the band name, album name and each track title. Also include the album order, ISRC codes and any special instructions you may have.

Check out my preparation guide for more details.
And please email me with questions.



PRICING

Mastering is billed at $9 per minute of the recording's length, $100 minimum. This includes a mix evaluation prior to mastering and an album preview for your approval. Edits are included in this price so long as they don’t necessitate starting from scratch with new mixes.

High resolution WAV files (96khz / 24 bit) and CD quality WAV files (44.1khz / 16 bit) are complimentary. These two formats are intended to cover almost all digital streaming service needs. If you’re professionally duplicating CDs I will include a DDP Image as well.

If releasing tapes or records, I highly recommend a separate set of masters. A set of analog-friendly masters costs an additional $50. They are are processed and formatted differently, and tend to have a much greater dynamic range.

Let me know if you have any additional formatting needs.




TURNAROUND
Times vary based on scheduling but average between one and two weeks. Rush service guarantees a review copy within 3 days for an additional $100.

Payment is required before I start working.

Review copies are sent for approval via custom DDP player.

Once approved I’ll send final masters in the formats you’ve specified via web transfer. Redbook CDs are available for $25 each and cassette masters are $75 each (see below). Shipping costs are additional as well.

On-Site Master Cassette Recording

I offer on-site master cassette recording for those who are dubbing tapes themselves. I process the audio in real time with outboard equipment while recording to tape, and monitor off the record head to optimize the master for cassette. This means a cleaner sounding master and better sounding tapes. I have a fully restored and maintained top of the line cassette deck available for these projects. For specifics please contact me!


If you’re hurting for money, still contact me and we can work something out.



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