MASTERING

BY MICHAEL BRIGGS

ABOUT
Mastering is the process of taking your mixed song or album and putting the finishing touches on it. This includes several aspects such as audio equalization, balancing, effects, track sequencing, adjusting the spacing between songs and more.

FREE TEST MASTER is now available for serious potential clients.

RATES
The current price for mastering is $15 per song or $150 for an album (up to 80 minutes), whichever is less. One song only is $30.
Prices are subject to change at any time.

I reserve the right to decline your project if I feel that my services are not the right fit for your music. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Online mastering services include a reasonable number of revisions.

Email me to discuss your project and if Civil Online Mixing and Mastering is right for you.

Mastering typically takes 3-5 days from the time that your stereo mix is received and approved, we have discussed your goals for the master and agreed to a start date. Rush service may be available for an additional fee. Call 214-444-9440 if your project is urgent.

Masters are generally delivered digitally as high quality 48k 24 bit WAV files as well as 320kbps MP3 files. Red book compliant CD-R masters to send to the pressing plant are also available for an additional fee.

Please read all of the information below and follow the recommendations below in order to get the best results. Let me know if you have any questions. I’m here to help via email, phone or IM.

Audio effects used during mastering will vary from project to project, but may include:

  • Equalization
  • Compression
  • Stereo Imaging
  • Harmonic Excitation / Saturation
  • Limiting
  • Dithering

How To Prepare Your Mix for Mastering

  • We will get the best results if you include the minimum amount of effects on your stereo/master bus. Please try to only include effects that are musically necessary for the song and don’t use a limiter if possible. That being said, there are no hard and fast rules for anything in music and if you feel that certain effects are needed to get your mix to where you want it to be, go for it and I will do my best to work with your mix to achieve the best final product everyone will be happy with.
  • Ensure that the peaks are not clipping. All peaks should hit below 0db.
  • Send me the mix in the original sample and bit depth that you mixed it at. Do not change the sample rate of the stereo mix. I will convert it if needed. I recommend tracking at a sample rate of 48k in 24 bit depth. When rendering your stereo mix, I prefer a 32 bit FP WAV file if possible but 24 bit PCM is also fine.
  • Include a list of all of the songs in the order that you want them on the final album. Note if you want any songs to fade into each other or how much spacing you want between them.
  • It is encouraged to send me a list of a couple of reference songs that have a similar vibe/sound to what you’re going for.
  • Let me know if you have any questions.