Multi-Platinum Mastering. Credits include Kyle, Kehlani, Lil Yachty, Anderson .Paak, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Aloe Blacc, Lil Uzi Vert, Kodak Black, J Dilla, Blu & Exile, Dam Funk, Tokimonsta and many more.
VLM / Violet Lantern Mastering is operated by multi-platinum (7x w/ RIAA) mastering engineer Wes Osborne, who started mastering for independent tastemaker labels like Stones Throw Records and has since been heard and hired by industry giants like Atlantic.
His experience with different genres is broad, and his work ethic is second-to-none.
The current rate for mastering through our website is 150 / song for major labels and 100 for indy labels, but we offered 45% off for the first 100 new clients through SoundBetter.
This has now been achieved but we have decided to extend this offer for a limited time, due to all of the amazing artists we have had the pleasure of working with here on SoundBetter.
Each master also includes 3 rounds of revisions, and a PMCD or DDP is included on full-length albums, upon request.
If you have any questions, feel free to message us!!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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378 Reviews - 93 Repeat ClientsEndorse VLM
This dude will take your project to the next level. Definitely my go to at all times!
Wes is the best! Always super detailed and sends a lot of options to help get the sound you desire. Very professional and cares just as much as you do! Look no further.
The best mastering engineer I have found. Great work ethic and great communication. Highly Recommend !
As always, Wes is the consummate professional; treated this mastering with car, positive energy, and gave it the sizzle/dynamics the track needed
Wow! Seriously I do not know if it’s possible to have a better experience working with someone on soundbetter. Wes literally transformed all my tracks. The funny thing is I am a repeat client, and every time I am surprised and it feels brand new. I had Wes work on 3 songs. He got the work done, gave me multiple options to choose from. VERY TIMELY, VERY PROFESSIONAL, and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend him. Trust me!
I am sending him another track as I type this message.
Made My Song Sound Industry Quality
Wes is super professional and he spent time to explain details of each master version he made. So nice and smooth to work with him, highly recommend!
Wes is outstanding. His body of his work speaks for itself, but even working with professionals, it's not often that you come by someone as diligent, thorough and responsive as Wes. I'm looking forward to working more together and referring other artists and clients I work with who I know will be grateful for such a solid introduction!
Legendary master! I've been recommending this guy to all of my homies who make music. His communication is top notch and his mastering is next level.
VLM is by far the best mastering engineer I've worked with in terms of technical ability and personability and at such an affordable rate. VLM's services are incredibly thorough and would highly recommend them for your next project with an amazing turnaround time and overall great experience.
Always love working with Wes, every time he delivers perfectly and on time
Awesome experience. Everything was explained thoroughly with great detail and patience. Final product exceeded expectations and I will surely be back in the future! Was very indecisive on who to go with for my project and I'm thrilled with the decision I made! Thanks VLM!
I had about half a dozen projects mastered by VLM in the last few months and every single one turned out phenomenal!
Thank you so much again Wes!
I've had a handful of important projects to wrap up during these last couple of months and Wes's unconditional patience and attention made it really easy for me during an incredibly stressful time in my life.
I might be sounding like a broken record now with these constant amazing reviews for VLM but they are all absolutely well deserved!
Always a pleasure to work with VLM. Great communication in getting the master exactly how we wanted it and was completed well within our deadline! This time around we switched up our style quite a bit, however this was flawlessly accommodated and executed perfectly. Would highly recommend!!
I have never had such a detail oriented and caring mastering engineer. I don't know if I will ever use anyone else. VLM brought my song to a NEW LEVEL and the communication is top notch.
Awesome master as always....Very glad to work with Vlm again..
Another stellar job absolutely well done! Literally cannot trust anybody but Wes to polish my mixes into industry standard masters!
The level of patience this man had with my projects I couldn't even begin try to ask from anyone else!
Seriously brother, thank you so much again!
Another project completed with Wes, another incredible job well done! Whenever I do an A/B comparison of my final mixes using an Ozone Master bus for reference against his actual Master Processing it's a night and day difference!
I can never recommend VLM enough for your mastering projects! His Stem Mastering offer honestly feels like an absolute life hack in the music production game and like I'm being bailed out every single time!
Interview with VLM
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started off as a DJ in the early 90's, performing for promoters like Pasquale Rotella / EDC and Gary Richards / HARD Festivals, among many others. Also headlined festivals overseas with acts like Air Liquide and Jamie Lidell. I was also a buyer for three very popular record shops in Los Angeles during that time and in total, my collection reached well over 15,000 titles. This covered many different genres as well, which has been key to what I do (decades of living, breathing, and listening to music). During this this time I also started producing, with my first original release coming out of Berlin in '99. This then led to remixing as well (The Mars Volta, Salvador Santana, Almunia, Kelpe, The Stepkids, Hanni El Khatib, Free Blood, West Indian Girl). While all of this was going on, I guess there was a buzz happening too, because I was then asked to master music for (I would say legendary) tastemaker label Stones Throw Records / Los Angeles. This was back in 2011, and mastering has been a full-time job since.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To deliver professional-quality masters each and every time.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making my clients happy by providing them with a professional-quality master that will bring out the best in their music.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An amazing full-length album from beatmaker / multi-intrumentalist / vocalist Evan Geesman.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I'd be a fool to tie my hands in either domain.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Give yourself headroom.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Giving my clients what they want, which includes in-depth communication and personal attention to detail.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you hire someone with knowledge and experience.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Kyle & Lil Yachty's 'iSpy'on Atlantic - this was my first single for a major label that went multi-platinum (4x) and in turn led to mastering 4 other songs on Kyle's latest full-length album 'Light Of Mine'
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Mastering is a dark art. I disagree. To me, it is a labor of love.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My experience is broad concerning genres.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Professional Quality.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Receive premasters, review and if good to start work on, I'll then move forward with mastering. Otherwise I will contact the client with my notes and request a second round of premasters.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Custom Analog & Digital System.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Ayo, Pensado, Lettuce.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Stereo & Stem Mastering.