Mastervargas

Professional Audio Mastering

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Mastervargas on SoundBetter

I'm Cristian. I do mastering, and mastering only! Been doing it for the past 20 years. Try me - free sample included!

Professional Audio Mastering located in New York, US.
Over 20 years of experience. Gear is nice, pretty photos of fancy studios are nice too, but when it comes to experience there are no shortcuts.
Contrary to all the folklore mastering is not about the gear and the processing. It's about skill, taste, attention to the smallest details and a lot of critical listening.

TRY US - I'll give you a free sample. you have nothing to lose!

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Credits

Discogs verified credits for Cristian Varga
  • Simion Bogdan-Mihai
  • C.A.S.H. (6)
  • Various
  • Avatar (20)
  • Kumm
  • Blondy
  • Hara (7)
  • Indian Fall
  • Vitamina C (2)
  • Voices of Silence
  • Kumm
  • Kumm
  • Kumm
  • Oigăn
  • Horia Brenciu
  • Tündérground
  • Traum (6)
  • The Bad Days Will End
  • Obsidian Sea
  • Bearchild
  • Taxi (6)
  • Bosquito
  • Faunlet
  • Miyatta
  • Zob
  • Ura De Dupa Usa*
  • The Kryptonite Sparks
  • Various
  • Kappa (14)
  • Dan Helciug
  • Arcus Trio
  • Pasărea Rock
  • Toby Jacobs
  • Archivist (2)
  • None Other, Spyros Charmanis
  • Paolo Albertazzi
  • Vița De Vie
  • Archivist (2)
  • Mustang (15)
  • Vița De Vie
  • Simion Bogdan-Mihai

21 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

Endorse Mastervargas
  1. Review by marco c.
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    great experience and stunning results.

  2. Review by Herr Strat
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    by Herr Strat

    Mastervargas gives me honest and professional feedback. For me, this is invaluable since I improve constantly my mixing skills based on his overall feedback. Mastering is fast and among the very best in the business according my experience since now. My clients are always happy with the end result. Keep up!

  3. Review by George Nemeznic
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    by George Nemeznic

    Great working with Christian every time. Excellent job! :)

  4. Review by Gerfried AMBROSCH
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    by Gerfried AMBROSCH

    Cristian did an excellent job mastering albums for my bands Archivist and Plague Mass! He's been a pleasure to work with!

  5. Review by Jack T.
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    Cristian @Mastervargas is our go-to mastering professional every time our band wants to release a new song. We've been working with him for two years and the work he delivered has been top notch EVERY TIME!

  6. Review by Gigi Catrina
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    by Gigi Catrina

    I worked on many ocasions with Cristian @Mastervargas since 2007. He was reccomended to me by Eugen Oigan Nutescu. Cristian is a great mastering engineer and what he has done for the materials mixed by me was stunning. I recommend him as a top notch professional and as a warm person.

    Gigi Catrina
    Producer/Mixer/Musician
    Associated acts: Terror Art / Hotel Fetish / The Pixels / Traum / Scout Astray / Lucian Viziru / Loved By Ghosts / Oigan

  7. Review by Apostolos
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    by Apostolos

    Worked with Cristian a couple of times so far - he Mastered our 1st Single and Debut album afterwards and i can certainly tell that he is a top notch Mastering Engineer. He always manages to add this extra spark needed to take songs to the next level. He is professional, precise, fast, trustworthy and fun to work with. If you are looking for a quality Mastering Engineer then Cristian is your guy.

    Apostolos - Raised Awake

  8. Review by Spyros Charmanis
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    by Spyros Charmanis

    I met Cristian about 13 ago and he's my go-to mastering engineer ever since.
    Very knowledgeable, very accommodating, very precise, always professional and the results are nothing short of stunning. Needless to say his insight has helped me to evolve as an engineer as well over all these years. I'm always urging my clients to work with him once they are happy with their mixes and they want them taken to the next level!

    Spyros Charmanis - owner, mixing engineer, musician, producer @ S Recordings, Volos, Greece.

  9. Review by Robert Enache
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    by Robert Enache

    Great guy, stunning work, very fast delivery and very affordable... You cannot ask for more. My mixes never sounded better.
    Robert Enache - Musician/Engineer/Mixer

  10. Review by Eugen Nutescu
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    by Eugen Nutescu

    A lot of my band’s (Kumm) and solo stuff has been mastered by Mastervargas. A good ear for different styles and great taste. I was never let down. Oigăn (Eugen Nutescu, guitarrist for Kumm, singer-songwriter)

  11. Review by Canggar Krisnatry
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    by Canggar Krisnatry

    I've been working with Cristian for couple years now. I always impressed by the quality of his works, he really now how to make the tracks sound great regardless the genre. He is a true professional!!

  12. Review by Ciprian Mateian
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    Definitely one of the most professional sound engineer I work with! So receptive to every request that I have, quick response and great work overall!
    Musician/Producer

  13. Review by ken wallace
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    by ken wallace

    I've worked with Cristian Varga from Mastervargas a number of times in the past and the results were top notch every time! He's very professional, always delivers his work in time, and he has excellent years! The quality of is work is every bit as good as any "big name" engineer but with more affordable rates. Highly recommended!

    Ken Wallace - Ian London Productions, Long Island, NY.
    Grammy Award winning recording producer, arranger and mix engineer.

  14. Review by Ramiz Jusufi Ciki
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    by Ramiz Jusufi Ciki

    Brilliant ear for clear and transparent mastering!!
    Profecional in ewery segment of his job!!
    Pleasure to work with....

  15. Review by Zozo Debreczy
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    by Zozo Debreczy

    Best of the best
    ZozoDebreczy Nimfonia

  16. Review by Zozo Debreczy
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    by Zozo Debreczy

    The best of the best

  17. Review by Patriciu Pop
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    by Patriciu Pop

    For many years now , all my productions and recording are mastered by Vargas. Allways in time ,very accurate sound and atention for details ,make my productions sounds brilliant !!! His one of the best i ever work in more than 20 years !
    Patriciu Pop ,producer and composer Popmusic Inc.,keyboards and vocal at Desperado

  18. Review by christoffer schou
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    by christoffer schou

    My mixes ends up perfect everytime! Higly recomended

  19. Review by Adrian Despot
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    by Adrian Despot

    Fantastic adaptability to different genres, great communication, always delivers!
    Adrian Despot
    Musician / Producer

  20. Review by Alex
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    by Alex

    A great combination between a perfectionist and a patient person who is focused also on your vision, not just on the mathematical side of what mastering is.

    Lots of styles included in this man's approach. You can send him trap, rock, pop and still have an accurate result, without feeling that he tries to push the master in his direction.

    10/10.

  21. Review by Jack
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    by Jack

    Great experience and great adaptability. This man can adapt the mastering process to your mixing techniques with great accuracy and a big smile.

    If you are a rookie, he will take his time to answer your questions with long and spot on e-mails.

    Great pricing for an awesome end product.

Interview with Mastervargas

  1. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  2. A: Since 1998-1999. I was in several bands as a drummer. I mixed a bit, produced our own stuff then I got into mastering. first ITB then step by step I got into analog gear, owned quite a few, kept what impressed me and helps me in my work.I try to avoid hype and use my own ears and judgement.

  3. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  4. A: mastering is a very misunderstood process. there are many misconceptions but I have to pick one it would be: mastering doesn't equal processing. it involves processing but only if necessary - and it is often the case - but the main goal is to deliver a finished product ready to be released. I often hear clients say ... send me the processed "master" and I'll cross-fade it with and intro or similar situations ... a master is a master - it's not to be touched. and when it comes to an album, I sometimes see mastering engineers listed on a per track basis. that doesn't make sense - even if the project includes already mastered tracks by some other engineer, the person who delivers that particular master is the mastering engineer of the whole projects exactly because mastering doesn't equal processing. hope it makes sense.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: both, because both have their strengths (and weaknesses) - tools are tools, one has to use what's necessary and appropriate.

  7. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  8. A: On a single from an artist who found me here on SoundBetter :).

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: we'll tweak it until you're 100% satisfied.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Most of the time I get to work with skilled and talented people and I'm basically paid to listen to music. what's not to like?

  13. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  14. A: know what you want. don't listen to others, don't try to copy no one. ask of me exactly what you need no matter how crazy it sounds - it's your music, it should sound just like you intend it.

  15. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  16. A: my ears, a computer - sounds trivial but what would we be doing without DAWs??, a good set of speakers and amp, and I'd build a big room on that island cause the monitoring and the room is key IMO! the rest are just tools ...you have to hear what you're doing first and foremost.

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. A: anal

  19. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  20. A: Everyone is welcome - I provide a service here so be it a demo or a project from a seasoned artist, I will treat each project with the same care and attention to detail. Wouldn't know any other way ...

  21. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  22. A: I'm not in production but rather mastering so as far as my craft goes, here it is: do no harm, less is more - they are obviously not my tips but I really believe in them. and use your ears, don't let the eyes fool you!

  23. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  24. A: mastering engineers should be able to tackle any genre IMO - I worked on pop, rock, metal, dance, EDM, Jazz, you name it ... bit less on hip-hop maybe but that doesn't mean I can't do it.

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: I'm a perfectionist - no, really, I'm nuts :). I'm a good communicator - I really talk and write a lot - just look at this interview :) ... and I'm always on time - people can really depend on me. if you have a tight deadline I'm your guy - I have almost 20 years of experience, I know how to handle a project and get the job done in a timely matter.

  27. Q: What's your typical work process?

  28. A: a listen critically to the track(s) several times to check if there's maybe something really off with the mix - in fact that's the first thing many clients ask of me "please listen to the mix and tell me if there's something wrong with my mix"- then I try to imagine I'm just a listener and get the feel of the track - what strikes me first, what could benefit the mojo of the track, what would get me off my seat. then I run the track through my chain and start gain staging. some of the analog stuff is already affecting the sound even with little or no processing. then I try to correct some things that are sorta getting in the way so to speak. once everything is "cleaned up" and sounds right I can decide if there's some extra "fairy dust" I can add and then deal with the overall loudness - if the client wants it hot I will go step by step and maybe deliver 2-3 versions - first a more conservative version, the second is one I would call it "enough" and the third a bit over the top so the client can evaluate if he want to trade quality vs loudness. Of course many time there's a lot more going on like editing, processing parts differently and so on but as a "template" what I described above it's what's happening most of the time.

  29. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  30. A: I run a hybrid analog/digital setup. I use the Crane Song HEDD 192 for its converters and occasionally for the processing. I have a Tube electro-optical comp, the Pendumul OCL-2 and an Avalon 747 twin path, a Manley Massive Passive tube EQ for mojo - which is great even it it's in the off position (not kidding, just the transformer sound when the EQ is Off is woth it) and a Maselec MEA-2 for more accurate EQ-ing. Bower and Wilkins nautilus Speakers and Classe amplification, Benchmark DAC and headphone preamp with Sennheiser HD-650 for pristine monitoring. they I go digital and use very few of the best plugs around - people usually think "cheap" when it comes to plugins but like in everything ... many are indeed cheap and just pedestrian but 10-20% are great and are doing things impossible in analog - think brickwall limiting or very specific De-essing.

  31. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  32. A: Bob Ludwig, Ted Jensen, Dave Collins, Andrew Scheps, Andy Wallace, Ken Wallace/ Ian London

  33. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  34. A: audio mastering for CD, digital download and vinyl

Terms Of Service

Unlimited revisions! We'll tweak it until you're 100% happy!
Hot deadline, you need it "yesterday"? I'm your man!
Vinyl prep and alt. versions are a bit extra. Get in touch for details.

Gear Highlights
  • Manley Massive Passive
  • Pendulum OCL-2
  • B&W Nautilus
  • Crane Song HEDD
  • Maselec MEA-2
  • TC Electronic Sys 6000
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  • It's about time to revive my SoundBetter AccountApr 08, 2022

    I neglected this account. It was a mistake! It's a great place to meet immensely talented people and I should definitely bring it up to date.


    Don't be fooled by the lack of reviews on my account. I have more than 20 years of experience just not on SB :).


    But that's about to change! Stay tuned :)