Inevitably the mix process results in hundreds (or thousands!) of listens to your track. By hiring a mastering engineer you bring a fresh set of ears to the process. I have a wide-ranging appreciation of musical styles and between my well-trained ears, acoustically treated studio, and high quality monitoring systems, I can provide a crucial unbiased listen to your mix. Any issues, no matter how minor, will be found and addressed.
To be upfront, you should know that all mastering will be done exclusively "in the box". I do not use analogue gear during my mastering process.
In the past professional mastering engineers strictly worked with outboard gear. Today however, working in the box for the majority of tasks has become ubiquitous for almost all mastering engineers. The simple fact is that there are things you're able to do in software that just aren't possible using hardware and the audio quality of mastering-grade plugins now rivals and exceeds that available in the analogue domain.
My first step will be to judge if the mix has any flaws which need correcting. Various aspects will be considered: mono-compatibility, imbalanced stereo field, phase issues, or problem frequencies causing muddiness or excessive resonances.
After I am satisfied that any problem areas have been dealth with, I then proceed to find ways to enhance the quality of the mix. This process varies immensely depending on the track and your goals. It can include parallel processing, adding warmth, careful usage of mid-side techniques to enhance stereo imaging, before finally attending to loudness considerations (which are carefully handled to ensure a balance between loudness, dynamic range, and transient punch). Each mix is carefully treated as if it were my own song to get the best possible results.
Something I consider hugely important is ensuring that the album flows from one song to the next as well as possible. I will pay careful attention to track spacing, the overall mastering character across the full release, and levels from one track to the next. This is crucial for presenting your release as a coherent whole.
Lastly I will create the production master. Important details such as ISRC codes and CD text can be added to each track before finalising the deliverables. The final delivery will depend on your requirements and your release plans, and I will consult with you to ensure that you have everything you need, whether it be a CD-R or DDP file set, WAV files for digital delivery, or customised WAV files for vinyl production.
For a limited time I am offering a 50% discount on my standard rates.
€35 €17 per song €50 €25 per song €65 €32 per song
All masters include digital delivery in any required formats (eg DDP file set, WAVs, compressed etc). CD-R master containing full release costs €5 + shipping. Additional mastering revisions beyond the included limit cost €10 per revision.