Alain Paul Mastering

Full stereo mastering: 60€ per track

  • Free upgrade to stem mastering if the engineer requests stems
  • Includes revisions until M3
  • Includes additional versions of the same track
  • Includes vinyl files

Basic stereo mastering: 40€ per track

  • Includes only M1. Trust the engineer to nail it first time
  • Includes additional versions of the same track

Stem mastering 90€ per track

  • with up to 8 stems of your choice
  • Includes revisions until M3
  • Includes additional versions of the same track
  • Includes vinyl files

Upgrades

  • Each revision past included amount: 10€ per track
  • Vinyl files when not included: 5€ per track
  • Additional stems: 10€ per stem
  • DDP: 60€ per disk

See scope of service for conditions

Email: alain at alain paul de

The minimum order for new customers is 3 tracks for the first order.

Subsequent orders are free of this minimum.

The first order must be paid in advance.

The turnaround time for any project is currently “around one week” excluding mix critique considerations and revisions.

If you require a project to be mastered very quickly because of some kind of genuine urgency, every effort will be made to accommodate this

New customers should first introduce themselves via email.

Regular clients are free to enjoy the streamlined order process which consists of simply sending mixes via wetransfer without additional communication. The masters will be sent back to you when ready, or mix feedback given, and the order will be added to your account to be invoiced later.

When using this approach, a follow up email should be sent if no download confirmation email from wetransfer is received within 48 hours of upload.

The base price for all services is in euros however GBP and USD can also be quoted and paid.

All other currencies should be paid by Wise. PayPal is accepted but not preferred because of high fees

Unless you specifically state otherwise, the electronic transmission of audio files constitutes the legally binding placing of an order

All files are to be sent using wetransfer.com

All audio files should have a 44.1kHz or higher sampling rate

24bit files are preferred. 32bit and especially 64bit files are unnecessary however they will be accepted

Bounce your tracks without a limiter on the master bus and turn the master fader down so that the highest peak in the song does not clip

If the waveform looks squared off, regardless of it’s size, you likely have a limiter or distortion plugin on the master bus, please remove this.

If your waveform looks very small you probably have bounced using an excessive amount of headroom and should re-bounce with the level turned up a bit more. You do not need a huge amount of headroom, just make sure it does not clip.

As a core part of the service, mixes which are not perfect will be given a mix critique and specific instructions to improve the mix. Bad mixes are always initially rejected unless specifically instructed to use the files as-is (for example if the original session can no longer be opened).

Please be cooperative of any mix suggestions or stem requests as it is likely a superior result will be possible with such changes.

A good mastering engineer is agnostic to the artistic value of the music. No compositional or aesthetic advice or feedback related to musical taste will ever be given which does not purely concern itself with the technical sound quality of the mastering process. Questions such as “do you think my tracks are good?” or “do you think the A1 is the best track on the EP or should I switch the B1 with the A1?” are examples of questions which a mastering engineer does not have an opinion on. By contrast, a question such as “do you think the kick drum sits in the mix OK or do you think working with a stem would get a better result?” is totally legitimate.

Delivery of masters and revisions

The cost of mastering services offered represents the delivery a master; specifically the administration work and studio time required, listening to mixes, potentially providing mix critique or other advice and producing and delivering one master inline with the best expert judgement of the engineer. It does not cover any subsequent revisions unless they are purchased either as part of a package or individually. Under normal circumstances, either all revision requests will be honoured or a full refund of the amount paid for the affected song will be made. Circumstances which shall be considered to fall outside the scope of normal include those in which the client:

  • requests a number of revisions deemed excessive by the engineer
  • requests further revisions after the masters have already been approved
  • requests revisions at some substantially later date after the engineer assumed the project had been concluded
  • requests changes which are deemed by the engineer to be disproportionately time consuming, outside the scope of normal mastering, excessively vague/cryptic or excessively convoluted. Examples to illustrate these varying kinds of unreasonable requests respectively include "cut the master up into 30 different loops", "put some ride cymbals in after the drop", "make it sound more blue" and revision request emails with a word count of over 1000.

In the case that a request is deemed to fall outside of normal circumstances, the engineer may attempt to honour the request anyway on a discretionary basis, but there otherwise exists no lasting obligation to continue working together once the initial master (m1) has been delivered, or a refund has been given, even if the client offers to pay the going rate for subsequent revisions. If for some reason the initial master is unable to be delivered within a timeframe agreed to be reasonable by the engineer, or before a deadline which was clearly stipulated in advance of payment, the client has the right to a full refund of the amount paid for the songs which have not been delivered. Or the client may agree to accept delivery of the master beyond this deadline or reasonable time frame, in which case the client does not have the right to a full refund but may be partially refunded by the engineer to some amount on a discretionary basis.

DDPs

Concerning the liability of DDPs: a high degree of care is taken to produce high quality, error-free DDPs but the client must double check the accuracy of the track order, track markers and CD data before sending the DDP to be manufactured. Especially where the artist makes changes to the track names, track order or has confusing file names, care should be taken to ensure no confusion of the track order or names has occurred at some stage. Neglecting to check a DDP before sending it to be manufactured and subsequently finding an error (wrong track order etc) on the finished CDs will not be deemed a failure of the engineer and no liability will be accepted. Liability will be accepted up to the total value of the mastering fee of the project if there is any error found demonstrably caused by the engineer which falls outside of the expected scope of checking by the client (audio glitches etc).

Additional versions of the same track

When two versions of a track are deemed by the engineer to be trivially different, then they will be priced as one single track, that is the additional version will be free of charge. An example of such a case is when there is a full version and an additional radio edit version which is identical in every regard to the full version except the fact that it is edited down in length. In such a case, there is normally not a significant amount of work required to produce a master of this radio edit because everything is sonically identical between the two versions. If however there are three versions of a song, say the studio version, a remix and a demo version, and all of these are importantly different in terms of sound, such that different EQ and dynamic settings are necessary during the mastering process, then these are viewed as three different tracks despite the fact they may all be called the same thing

Vinyl files

"Vinyl files" means a set of files which can be sent to your chosen facility to be cut for vinyl manufacturing. This does not include the actual cutting or pressing itself, they are just the files to be sent to be cut elsewhere. Generally speaking the files mainly differ from the approved digital masters only in that they are 2db quieter, may have a stricter phase coherence or may have certain frequencies more strictly dynamically controlled if deemed necessary. Regardless of whether vinyl files are offered as an included part of a package or purchased as an add-on service, they are provided only after the digital masters have been approved. As such, if after approving the digital masters and requesting the vinyl files the client changes their mind and requests new revisions of some kind and another round of vinyl files is required to reflect these revisions, another round of vinyl files will have to be paid for at the going rate.

Backups

Infinite backups are not provided. It is assumed that after a month of project approval, the project can be deleted. However, a good amount of backups exist for projects even up to a few years old. Software changes over time. One example is the Catalina update breaking anything 32 bit. Other software updates may pose additional challenges for opening old sessions. More issues may occur as a result of the fallible nature of file archival. This is why requests in respect to historic data retrieval are often fruitful but no guarantee can be offered.

Agreement to these terms

Ordering mastering constitutes an agreement to the terms on this website in the English language. If you do not understand any aspect of these terms you should seek clarity before placing an order.

Since 2015, no more attended sessions have been offered in order to keep turnaround times and prices low. The studio is not available for hire to external engineers. There is no capacity for internships or work experience.

A very large percentage of mastering jobs received arrive without a final catalogue number, release title or even artist name. As such, only some small percentage of projects worked on by Alain Paul over his career actually end up on this list. For this reason it is not to be seen as a showreel. This is simply an alphabetically sorted, but otherwise completely unfiltered list of projects Alain Paul has mastered (or in some cases recorded or mixed) and without a doubt represents less than 20% of his work since 2008. Adding more historical releases to this list is a goal but remains low priority. If Alain has mastered one of your releases which you'd like to have added to this list, please get in touch.

Release Label Credit
A Thousand Details - Unexpected Emotions EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
A.Morgan & Leghau - Constrained Reality Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Adiel - Method EP Figure Mastering
Amit - Devourer Fleisch Mastering
Alessandro Nero - The Dying Of The Outer-Self Brvtalist Sound Recordings Mastering
Alex.Do - Dusted Fuse Music Mastering
Amotik - Amotik 007 AMOTIK Mastering
Amotik - Amotik 009 AMOTIK Mastering
Amotik - Amotik 010 AMOTIK Mastering
Amotik - Amotik 011 AMOTIK Mastering
Amotik - Amotik 012 AMOTIK Mastering
Amotik - Patanjali AMOTIK Mastering
Amotik - Vistar AMOTIK Mastering
Amotik - Vistar Remixes AMOTIK Mastering
Ancient Methods - The Jericho Remixes Persephonic Sirens Mastering
Angermund - Naboens Sveler Mhost Likely Mastering
Aniso Tropics - Topaz Paper Recordings Mastering
Anoraak - Karma Endless Summer Mastering
Antechamber - Night Wounds Time Depth Request Mastering
Ariel Pink - Thrash And Burn Human Ear Music Mastering
Ascorbite - Inadequate Demeanor EP Corseque Records Mastering
Ascorbite - Prismatic Nocturne Corseque Records Mastering
Audio Units - Superposition EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Augusto Taito - The Right To Do What Remains Left EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Avion - Dispersion Index Marcel Fengler Mastering
Bestial Mouths - Inshroudss Rune & Ruin Mastering
Bestial Mouths - Resurrectedinblack Rune & Ruin Mastering
Blasted - Anvil EP Depth Request Mastering
Broken English Club - The English Beach L.I.E.S. Records Mastering
Carrier - 47017 47 Mastering
Clarence Park - Imperial Suite Voidance Records Mastering
Claudio Cataldi - Here She Comes Now EP Fruits de Mer Records Mastering
Cleric - The Key Of Night Figure Mastering
Coyote - Stages Of Time Paper Wave Mastering
Crime as Service - Mount Point EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Cristian Vogel - 1Zhuayo Mille Plateaux Mastering
Current 909 - Something With Black In The Name Remixed aufnahme + wiedergabe Mastering
Daco Feat. Vaceo - Under Pressure Paper Recordings Mastering
De Fantastiske To - Rett Pa Sak Paper Recordings Mastering
De Fantastiske To - When I Want To EP Paper Recordings Mastering
Deas - Perception EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
DeFeKT - Battery Blast Earwiggle Mastering
Desroi - Indifferent Manhigh Mastering
DEVIKORPS - Injektion Site X-IMG Mastering
Die Selektion - Deine Stimme Ist Der Ursprung Jeglicher Gewalt Remixed aufnahme + wiedergabe Mastering
DJ Overdose - Deal Breaker L.I.E.S. Records Mastering
DJ Sodeyama - Test Pattern EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Dog Dimension - Area Of Outstanding Beauty Bohemian Drips Mastering
Dog Dimension - Life Vest Mastering
Drhamer - Multiverso EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Dykkon - Dark Clouds In Summer EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Entertainment For The Braindead - Sun Motor Entertainment Mastering
Falling Echoes - Invert Phase EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Femanyst - Post-Traumatic Rave Syndrome Noise Manifesto Mastering
Fiordmoss - Kingdom Come Mastering
Fixeer - Mass EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Fixeer - Metameric Creature EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Fixmer - Invasion Bite Mastering
Foreign Policy - Watching Existence X-IMG Mastering
Fractions - Scars Of Love Fleisch Mastering
Fractions - Violent Eyes Fleisch Mastering
Fundamental Interaction / Ben Gibson - DYAD005 DYAD Mastering
Gabriel D'Or & Bordoy - Descendants EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Gabriel D'Or & Bordoy - Same Visions EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Gaspard de La Montagne - Spectres SBIRE Mastering
Glass Can - Pale Fire Mastering
Halv Drom - Slum Vatic Fleisch Mastering
Hanna Leess - Dirty Mouth Sweet Heart cntct Recordings Mastering
Harsh Mentor - Salve aufnahme + wiedergabe Mastering
Headless Horseman - 47009 47 Mastering
Headless Horseman - 47014 47 Mastering
Hecate Legacy - The Lost Pages of Bestiary Persephonic Sirens Mastering
Hemka, Ascorbite - Faction Vol.1 Corseque Records Mastering
Henning Baer - Fighting The Dogs Manhigh Mastering
Henning Baer - Pittsburgh Left Manhigh Mastering
Hoel - Deux etudes chorégraphiques Theoreme Mastering
Hoel - Diagramme Theoreme Mastering
Hoel & Simon Marchesini - Speed Of Life EP Theoreme Mastering
In Every Dream A Nightmare Waits - Between the Surface and the Sun Seashell Records Mastering
Inventory With Hamilton - Parting Galaxies On A Forlorn Leaderboard Persephonic Sirens Mastering
Isolated Lines & Gotshell - Front Line SBIRE Mastering
IV Horsemen - Human Crash Fleisch Mastering
Jason Grier - Clouds Human Ear Music Mastering
Jason Grier - Unbekannte Human Ear Music Mastering
Joaquin Ruiz & Rehmark - Observative Indicator EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
John Beltran - The Peninsula NPM Mastering
Killawatt - 47010 47 Mastering
Killawatt - 47012 47 Mastering
Killawatt - 47016 47 Mastering
Killawatt - 47021 47 Mastering
Kiss The Floor / Karl And The Kurbcrawlers - This Desire / Same Day Death & Leisure Mastering
Konkurs - Terminal Stage X-IMG Mastering
Kontravoid - Too Deep Fleisch Mastering
Korben Nice - Luminescence Ep Dynamic Reflection Mastering
L/F/D/M - Ambitions Of Guilt Night Gaunt Recordings Mastering
Lautreamont - Ghost Trip Theoreme Mastering
Linea Aspera - LP II Mastering
Linear Straight - Polished Mood EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Llimbs - Descending Void Voidance Records Mastering
Lucindo - Act/AG EP Nexe Records Mastering
Lucrecia Dalt - Syzygy Human Ear Music Mastering
Marc Ash - Litanies For The Self Blacksilk Mastering
Marc Ash - Mirror Glaze Lavish Fleisch Mastering
Marcel Fengler - Kyu EP Index Marcel Fengler Mastering
Marcol - Receptor Mastering
Masiro - Technocologist Unknown Mastering
Matrixxman - Deep Mind Manhigh Mastering
Mause - XOR NPM Mastering
Meer - Yawm Alhissab, Rabbok Sayakouno Aadowok Voidance Records Mastering
Messy Mammals - Connection Lost! Mastering
Mike Wall, Ascorbite - Faction Vol. 3 Corseque Records Mastering
Mind I Matter - Les Brumes De L'Abandon Persephonic Sirens Mastering
Motive Power - 47025 47 Mastering
Naeila Lleerken - Parallel Planets EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Nekyia & FossaDelRumore - Facing The Absurd Voidance Records Mastering
NEL - It Starts At The End EP Epm Music Mastering
Newboy - Funky Bullshit Night Gaunt Recordings Mastering
Nostromo - Greater Tension Tripalium Records Mastering
Nova Fliegt Zum Mond - Potion QFTF Recording, mixing, mastering
Novanta - Hello We're Not Enemies Seashell Records Mastering
OAKE - 47019 47 Mastering
Ontal - Pietà Noiztank, Noiztank Mastering
Operant - Traumkoerper Instruments Of Discipline Mastering
Optics - Prescience EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Optics - Synchronicity EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Othr - Deltoid KHIDI Mastering
P&S - Alpha Of Disorder EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Paolo Ferrara - 2015X Hex Recordings Mastering
Paolo Ferrara , Lorenzo Raganzini - Lockdown Era Hex Recordings Mastering
Paula Temple - Edge Of Everything Noise Manifesto Mastering
Paula Temple - Edge Of Everything Remixes 1 Noise Manifesto Mastering
Paula Temple - Edge Of Everything Remixes 2 Noise Manifesto Mastering
Paula Temple - Joshua & Goliath Noise Manifesto Mastering
Paula Temple - Raging Earth / Raging Noise Noise Manifesto Mastering
Phase Fatale - Reverse Fall Ostgut Ton Mastering
Phase Fatale - Scanning Backwards Ostgut Ton Mastering
Placid Angles - Touch The Earth Figure Mastering
Placid Angles - Touch The Earth Remixes Figure Mastering
Plovdiv - Golden Blacksilk Mastering
Pruenes - Proeds Mastering
Pruenes - Tuenes Mastering
Purgate - Elemental aufnahme + wiedergabe Mastering
Pyramidal Decode - Dysfunctional System EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Pyramidal Decode - Sequential Movement EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Qual - Tenebris In Lux Operation Qual Records Mastering
Rasmus Faber X David Harks - Never Enough Paper Wave Mastering
Reka & /beyond/ - Astalar Urban Legend Mastering
Reka X Imperial Black Unit - Todo Avaricia Fleisch Mastering
Restive Plaggona - Restive Plaggona Fleisch Mastering
Rhys Fulber - Ostalgia Sonic Groove Mastering
Rhys Fulber - Resolve FR Recodings Mastering
Rhys Fulber - Live Dystopia FR Recodings Mastering
Ron Morelli - Disappeared Hospital Productions Mastering
Ruben Seoane - Disinformation Persephonic Sirens Mastering
Ryuji Takeuchi - Phenomenon Of Combination EP Depth Request Mastering
S.P.T. - Silica Post Hoc Mastering
SAMOT - Forms Of Perception Nexe Records Mastering
Samot + Surit - Mind Religion Hex Recordings Mastering
Sarin - Moral Cleansing Bite Mastering
Sarin - Moral Cleansing Remixed Bite Mastering
Sarin X Imperial Black Unit - Will To Destroy Bite Mastering
Scalameriya - 47018 47 Mastering
Scalameriya - 47024 47 Mastering
Scarlit Port - Heavenly Ruins Nurse Mastering
Sciahri - Demur Manhigh Mastering
Sean C. Stevens - Design / Fragmentation Peconic Records Mastering
Second Tension - Schisma Persephonic Sirens Mastering
Sharplines - Stranger To Stranger Persephonic Sirens Mastering
SKD - Kalve Metaphysik Mastering
SKD , Sturqen, Purgate - Trinitas ▼ Kalve Colapso Hæresis Metaphysik Mastering
SØS Gunver Ryberg - Entangled Avian Mastering
SØS Gunver Ryberg / Aisha Devi / Rrose / Paula Temple - Decon/Recon #2 Noise Manifesto Mastering
Sqeef, Leghau & Linear System - Silent References EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Stendeck - Carnage Hymen Records Mastering
Stendeck - Somewhere Nobody Knows Hymen Records Mastering
Stubb - Love Not Sex Paper Recordings Mastering
Stubb - We Are Launching Paper Recordings Mastering
Surit - Bureaucracy Against The Joy Population Nexe Records Mastering
Svarog - Legio EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Svarog - Mysticism EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Sven Van Thom - So Geht Gute Laune Loob Musik Mastering
Swarm Intelligence - 47022 47 Mastering
Swarm Intelligence - 47026 47 Mastering
Swarm Intelligence - Swarm Intelligence 001 Swarm Intelligence Mastering
Sydney Valette - Death Of A Comedian Persephonic Sirens Mastering
Sydney Valette - Home Alone Young And Cold Records Mastering
Symmetric & Future Of Matter - Reject The False Icons EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Szmer - Eastern Blocks EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Szmer - Essence EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
TE#RA - Laisse Faire EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
The Black Cheetahs - Gold Gold Gold Recording, mixing, mastering
The Loud Age - The Second Siren Persephonic Sirens Mastering
The Nouve - E.P. Nouve Recordings Mastering
The Plant Worker & DIAPO - The Real Meaning EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
The Secret Soul Society - Insomnia EP Paper Wave Mastering
The Unkindness Of Ravens - Dead Air Sonic Fire Mastering
The Unkindness Of Ravens - Virus Sonic Fire Records Mastering
The Unkindness Of Ravens - Virus/Viper Sonic Fire Mastering
The Wildfires - All That's Left is Right Mastering
The Wytches - Wire Frame Mattress Heavenly Mastering
Theoreme - Theoreme Theoreme Mastering
These Hidden Hands - Ivy Hidden Hundred Composition, mixing, mastering
These Hidden Hands - Remixes I Hidden Hundred Composition, mixing, mastering
These Hidden Hands - Remixes II Hidden Hundred Composition, mixing, mastering
These Hidden Hands - SZ31X71 Hidden Hundred Composition, mixing, mastering
These Hidden Hands - These Hidden Hands Hidden Hundred Composition, mixing, mastering
These Hidden Hands - Vicarious Memories Hidden Hundred Composition, mixing, mastering
These Hidden Hands - Vicarious Memories / Remixed Hidden Hundred Composition, mixing, mastering
These Hidden Hands Feat. Lucrecia Dalt - These Moments Dismantled Hidden Hundred Composition, mixing, mastering
These Hidden Hands X Zanias - Shackles Hidden Hundred Composition, mixing, mastering
This Love Is Deadly - Want Bekassine Records Mastering
Thomas Hessler - Push EP Index Marcel Fengler Mastering
Tolyqyn - Tolyqyn KNO Records Mastering
Tommy Four Seven - 47013 47 Mastering
Tommy Four Seven - Veer 47 Mastering
Tommy Four Seven - Veer Remixed 47 Mastering
Torn - 47028 47 Mastering
Trepaneringsritualen - Kainskult Remixed aufnahme + wiedergabe Mastering
Under Black Helmet - Lose Something To Gain Everything HEX Recordings Mastering
Unhuman - Voices Of Distress Bite Mastering
Unhuman + Petra Flurr - Cause Of Chaos She Lost Kontrol Mastering
Unknown Artist - Future9394 Continuum Series 1991-1998 Remastering
Unknown Artist - Future9596 Continuum Series 1991-1998 Remastering
Uun - Praxis EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Vagh - Deception EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Various - 47001 47 Mastering
Various - 47002 47 Mastering
Various - 47003 47 Mastering
Various - 47004 47 Mastering
Various - 47005 47 Mastering
Various - 47006 47 Mastering
Various - 47007 47 Mastering
Various - 47008 47 Mastering
Various - 5Y 47 Mastering
Various - Analog / Fragment Alderic Records Mastering
Various - Angels From Hell Hex Recordings Mastering
Various - Dystopia In Action X-IMG Mastering
Various - Electrostorm Volume 7 Out Of Line Mastering
Various - Escape The Circle EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Various - Hostile Responses & Provocations Vol . 1 Depth Request Mastering
Various - Hostile Responses & Provocations Vol . 2 Depth Request Mastering
Various - Hostile Responses & Provocations Vol. 3 Depth Request Mastering
Various - Hound Vol. 1 Hound Mastering
Various - KHIDI Various Artists 1 KHIDI Mastering
Various - KHIDI Various Artists 2 KHIDI Mastering
Various - Look Forward and Back Paper Recordings Mastering
Various - Open Space Volume 1 Figure Mastering
Various - Open Space Volume 2 Figure Mastering
Various - Paper Cuts #1 Paper Recordings Mastering
Various - Rules Of Conscience EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Various - Spheres Research Mastering
Various - Transient Response EP Dynamic Reflection Mastering
Various - Trash The Wax, Vol. 4 Paper Disco Mastering