Audio Mastering & Acoustics

Index

  1. New customers
  2. Turnaround time
  3. Ordering process
  4. Price list
  5. Bulk Discounts
  6. Payment
  7. File formats
  8. Mix preparation
  9. Mix critique
  10. Attended sessions

New customers

  • The minimum order for new customers is 3 tracks for the first order
  • The first order must be paid in advance
  • Regular customers will be invoiced in batches with account credit

Turnaround time

  • 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

Ordering process

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.

Price list

  • Normal stereo mastering: 40€ per track
    • No additional fee when specific stems have been asked for
  • Stem mastering of up to 8 stems of your choice: 60€ per track
    • Cost per additional stem: 5€
  • DDP: 40€ per disk
  • Vinyl Cut: approximately 265€ for a 4 track EP excluding tax and shipping. Please ask for a more specific quote.

Bulk discounts

To reflect the increased efficiency of working on larger projects, a significant bulk discount is applied based upon the number of tracks present on a given invoice. To ensure the maximum discount, multiple EPs or albums should be sent at the same time.

Payment

  • All invoices are to be paid in Euros to a Euro bank account. If you do not have an EUR account and only have GBP or USD, you must use a service such as transferwise.
  • PayPal is accepted providing you pay the fees, either by opting to pay the fees when making the transfer thereby increasing the total amount or by paying with the option which does not incur fees
  • Unless you specifically state otherwise, the electronic transmission of audio files constitutes the legally binding placing of an order (see ordering process above)

File formats

  • All files are to be sent using wetransfer, please no dropbox
  • 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

Mix preparation

  • 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.

Mix critique

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 far 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.

Attended sessions

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.