$60 per song includes meticulous balancing and enhancement of your recording (up to 10 mins/song), heads/tails editing and sequencing, and WAV production masters for the destination format of your choice. Also included are up to 4 sets of free mastering revisions so that everything sounds exactly the way you want, and a comprehensive follow through to make sure your release goes smoothly.
Mastering revisions beyond 4 rounds (rare) are $10/song for each subsequent revision. Mastering a revised mix for a song I've already mastered starts at $10/song if no changes on my end are needed, after which the additional charge is proportionate to how much time is required to accommodate the new mix from the previous settings ($10-$60 depending). Please print your revised mix at the same level and start point whenever possible.
Projects with the same source mixes to be released on multiple formats cost an additional $10/song per additional format. (Vinyl, Apple Digital Masters, Cassette, MP3, Video)
A DDP master for CD production can be created from digital masters for $50 per project, which includes Red Book compliant track ID spacing, CD-text and ISRC encoding. The 16 bit audio masters for the DDP are created separately from the 24 bit WAV masters and are optimized for the CD format. A license-free DDP player is provided to check your master for proper playback, titles and indexing. A physical CD production master disc can be made for $60 + shipping which includes error checking and write verification. In almost all cases, the DDP is the easiest and most reliable method to send your CD master for replication.
Masters for vinyl are delivered as 24 bit 96 kHz cutting master files for each side with cue sheets. Special attention is given while mastering for vinyl to address any potential pressing or playback problems in order to create the best sounding records possible. If the song order and spacing is significantly different from the digital version, there is a $25/side sequencing charge.
I can master instrumental mixes or radio edits with the same settings as the album versions for $10 per alternate mix when they are submitted at the same time as the original mixes and are printed at the same volume and start point. If adjustments are required from the album master settings due to level or other differences, additional charges apply.
Adjusting singles I've previously mastered for an album release is $10/song.
Simple rate card:
$60/song - Mastering for one format and up to 4 revisions (does not include remixes) Includes WAV production masters.
$10/song - 5th and subsequent mastering revisions for each song (REV F and beyond, rarely needed).
$10/song - Minimum charge for mastering each revised mix. ($10-$60 depending on how much changed)
$10/song - Each additional release format including production masters, except for CD/DDP which is $50 per project.
$10/song - Alternate mix versions processed with the same settings as album version. (instrumentals, radio edits etc.)
For multi-song projects, a 50% deposit is required to schedule with the remaining balance due on the day of your session. Single mastering is paid for in advance. Balances must be paid in full before any masters can be released. Please notify me at least 2 days prior to your scheduled session if you are not going to have mixes ready for mastering and need to reschedule or would like to cancel your session, or you will forfeit your deposit.
A complimentary mix evaluation for scheduled sessions is available upon request, in which I thoroughly review your mix and offer suggestions I hear for adjustments you may want to consider making before submitting the track for mastering. I also offer mix consulting for $10/song if you'd like to work together on fine tuning your mixes to get them sounding their best. This more in-depth approach includes suggesting techniques to improve the balance and separation within the mix and covers up to 5 versions of the revised mix per song.
The above rates apply to unattended mastering. The rate for attended sessions is $125/hr. and does not include free revisions. Tape transfers are done at $50/hr.
Rush service may be available for projects that require expedited delivery without advance notice for an additional 20%.
Please inquire for rates on mastering from stems, songs longer than 10 minutes, mastering for sync submissions, live albums, sonic restoration, noise reduction, editing and other services.