Top Mastering Engineers for hire

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Human mastering you can trust - Camilo Silva F Mastering
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Analog & tape mastering, 2X Grammy winner, Mastering specialist. World-class mastering skills and technology at your disposal. I'm committed to delivering the best possible results and fulfilling your needs!

100% Analog Mix & Mastering  - Andres Mayo
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#1 most reviewed mastering engineer and immersive audio mixer on SoundBetter and a 2-Grammy winner, Andres is Past-President of the AES worldwide. If you want to mix or master your music in stereo, surround 7.1, binaural or Dolby Atmos, start by sending us 1 song and you'll get a FREE and HONEST audio quality report that will really help you out.

EDM Mixing & Mastering - Bram Fidder
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Welcome at This Mix Is Sick. I’m Bram Fidder, Spinnin’ Records signed artist. Get top-level EDM mixing and mastering services to push your music to the next level. When I started out I wish that this service existed, so I started it. To make YOU sound sick!

Mastering Engineer / Producer - Elliot James Mulhern Mastering
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Hi-Fidelity Radio Ready + Spotify/AppleMusic Ready — Love working on new genre blends + unique sounds — Recording artist, producer + songwriter, founder of Blossöm Records in LA. Years of touring bands including Hey Monday’s signing to Columbia Records, tours w/ Fall Out Boy, 50 Cent, Justin Bieber + All American Rejects

EDM & Bass Music Specialist.  - Aaron Roman
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Clients released on DeadBeats, Trap Nation, DIM MAK, Lowly, UKF, House Call Records, Sable Valley, Dharma & many more.

Solid Mastering Studio 📀 - Carlo Camera - Solid Mastering
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Real Wordclass mastering services to achieve that Big, Fat, Warm and Punchy Major Label Sound thanks to a state of the art, no compromise, high end mastering facility. Only top notch analog equipment (Maselec, Prism, Sontec, Fairchild, KNIF, Tubetech, Vertigo) & top class sound techniques to make your tracks shine.

Premium Audio Mastering - Tom Frampton
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Hi, I'm Tom Frampton, owner of Mastering The Mix. Want to sound as good as your favourite artist? You've come to the right place.

Mixing & Mastering Engineer - DEXY
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Hi, my name is Dean and I’m mixing and mastering engineer at Studio DEXY

Mastering Engineer - Jonas W. K.
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Grammy Award-Winning, Multi-Platinum Selling (John Legend, Jhené Aiko, Tinashe, ZAYN, Blackbear, NVDES, FLETCHER. Sofi De La Torre etc.)

High-End Mixing and Mastering - The-MPL
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The MPL is a full-scale music production studio at the heart of Toronto’s bustling music scene. We specialize in radio-ready mixing and mastering. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we now offer remote production assistance and reduced pricing. Stay inside and let us put the finishing touches on your music.

World Class Mastering Service - Carlos Freitas
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Mastering services for stereo and dolby atmos projects. Mixing services ( using stems ) for dolby atmos projects. Dolby USA Certified Studio for Atmos services.

Mastering, with love. - Alex @ A Cut Above London
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Maximise your music's potential - I love helping artists achieve their vision. All genres welcome.

Mastering - Maria Triana
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For the past 16 years I worked for Sony Music Entertainment as a Mastering Engineer. There, I had the honor and opportunity to contribute my skills and expertise on many award winning recordings, with artists ranging from Donald Fagen to Wayne Shorter and Britney Spears to Bob Dylan.

Mix & Master Specialist 🎧 - Riley Knapp
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Songs I have produced/mixed/mastered have garnered nearly 1 Billion streams across the internet. As an artist, I understand the delicacies that make a song sound special. In this day and age, standing out is more important than sounding "perfectly polished".

Producer, writer and engineer - Fred Miller
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My name is Frederik Sorensen – but you can call me Fred!

MASTERING, MIXING - MASTERED BY KRAMER
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Of the thousands of records I've Produced, Mixed and Mastered, the one EVERYONE has surely heard is the hit single from Quentin Tarantino's PULP FICTION..."Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon". i am KRAMER, founder of SHIMMY-DISC, producer of LOW, GALAXIE 500, WILL OLDHAM... Nowadays, I spend most of my time on my own music, and on MIXING & MASTERING.

Award winning Mastering - John Webber - AIR Studios Mastering
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Proficient in all mastering formats, John has recently mastered multiple UK Top 10 albums for David Bowie, including his latest, Toy, and Duran Duran’s 15th Studio Album, Future Past. Other work includes albums for Band Of Skulls, Primal Scream, and projects for former Red Hot Chilli Peppers guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer.

Mixing & Mastering Engineer - KUYANO
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Graduated sound engineer who works with Warner Music, Universal Group, Spinnin' Records and Ultra Music.

Grammy Award Winning Engineer - James Auwarter
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**Grammy Award Winning Engineer** & *OFFICIALLY CREDITED ON 32 TOTAL GRAMMY NOMINATIONS* I’ve worked alongside: Kanye West, Yo-Yo Ma, PJ Morton, Jamila Woods, Kirk Franklin, Kurt Elling, Adam Levine, Cowboy Troy, Tom Higgenson (Plain White Tees), Donald Lawrence, Lupe Fiasco, Hezekiah Walker, Rihanna, Anthony Hamilton, Mavis Staples, etc.

Mixing and Mastering Engineer - Nacho de la Riega
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I've been in the industry for 20 years. I Work for independent artists and major labels. I put my ears before my eyes. Multi nominated and awarded for several albums.

Full-Service, boutique Masters - Mount Olympia Mastering
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Sponsored by Audeze, with clients producing PJ Harvey, Migos, Childish Gambino, Henry Fong, G-Eazy

Affordable Online Mastering - Waltz Mastering
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We offer top quality, quick & affordable mastering. Grammy Nom. Clients Include: DJ Premier, Wu-Tang, Mike Mangini, James Labrie (Dream Theater), Billy Gibbons, Skatalites, Peter Wolf (J Geils) RJD2, Coolio, Marky Mark, Tom Jones & many more. Free previews & No charge for any Revisions. Also offer: Stem mastering & free mix consulting.

Platinum Pop HipHop Master Mix - Nate Middleman
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Certified 2X Platinum! Mixing & Mastering engineer for Wiz Khalifa, A-Boogie, Shordie Shordie, Lil Baby, etc... I recently mixed and mastered Warner Bros artist Shordie Shordie’s single “Betchua” (Over 600 million streams) and 300 Ent. artist Tate Kobang's "Bank Rolls Remix" (#4 Spotify #22 Billboard, HBO "Ballers", MTV "Wildin Out", Playstation)

Techno & Electronic Music Pro. - Eric Sneo
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Professional work around Techno and Club music: Mastering, Mixdown & Producing

Mixing & Mastering Engineer - Denis Emery @ Mastering.LT
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Do you want your music to sound great on any device, pleasantly dynamic, punchy, with tight bass, wide and clean? Who doesnt? I welcome everybody to my studio, where sonical magic will be applied with the best care:) Lets hear your new song and make it Sound much Better:)

Analog Mastering, Music Master - Tim Boyce : NYC Mastering
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I help music feel alive in an overly saturated market. Mastering for French Montana, DJ Sluggo, Nicholas Jaar, The Happy Mess, and Ayo Jay. Winning APRA and Platinum awards, including nominations for Grammy, & Headies awards. EVERY PROJECT is a chance to shine, big or small. My mastering helps artists uniquely stand-out, Start a chat and let's talk

Professional Audio Mastering - Julian Lowe @ JML Mastering
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With over 26 years’ experience as a mastering engineer, I can deliver the best results from your mixes, adding punch, polish and that professional touch, as well as meeting all your editing requirements, from radio edits through to album compilation & sequencing.

Analog Mastering, Big Mixes - Ohad Nissim
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It’s all about bringing out the essence of the artist and their music.

Mastering Engineer  - Qbical Music Productions
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High quality mastering service for electronic music.

Mastering is all we do! - Garrett Haines
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Mastering Grammy® winning and Billboard-topping albums, Garrett Haines is a Tape Op Magazine Senior Contributor, and aspiring renaissance man. He focuses on styles: with driving beats, alternative rock, and melodic Americana (Jolie Holland, Watermelon Slim, Ryan Pollie, Wiz Khalifa, Zao, Victor Bailey, Struggle Session, Fuse, Sugarfree Allstars)

Hi-End Audio Mastering Studio - Hiltongrove Mastering
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I'm Dave Blackman and I own and run Hiltongrove Mastering, a dedicated mastering facility based in the Essex countryside. We're an Apple approved MFiT provider, and I've been a mastering engineer since 1996 - I'd like to think I know what I'm doing by now! Past clients include Coldplay, Keane, Killing Joke, and Echo and the Bunnymen.

Mastering Engineer  - Mark B. Christensen
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Multi Platinum, Grammy Award Winning Mastering. I'd love to hear your mix! We can work together to make sure your mix is everything it can be prior to Mastering. I've worked with all the Major Labels as well as many, many indie artists.

Award winning Mixing & Mastering Engineer - Brian iele (SCS Mastering)
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UPDATES: 18/05/21 Nominated: Best Album "Alternative pop" - Rosario Ortega - Otro Lado 10/11/20 WON Best Alternative Rock Album. Lucy Patane.(mix+mastering) Also Nominated: Best Alternative Pop Album - Maca Mona Mu "Kalanchoe" Best Electronic Music Album. Diego Frenkel Recording of The Year. Lucy Patane. Song of the Year. Paula Maffia "Polvo"

Mastering Engineer - Epicenter Mastering
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Epicenter Mastering is run by Mastering Engineer Gentry Studer, (yes, like the tape machine). Gentry is a 3X Grammy and Emmy Nominated, Juno and MIA Record of the Year winning Mastering Engineer. Working with indie and signed clients alike including: Metallica, Spoon, Incubus, Wynonna, Jackson Wang and many more.

World Class Mastering Engineer - Disero Mastering
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My name is Eric Disero, better known as the electronic artist Disero. I have had multiple releases on Monstercat, STMPD, Armada, and Warner Music, and my masters have racked up 20 million plays on Spotify over the past couple years. If you're looking for an ear you can trust in the vital final stages of production, you have come to the right place.

Mixing & Mastering & Producing - Rudi Dittmann|Ruhrtone Studios
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Multi platinum awarded music producer, mastering engineer, songwriter and studied sound engineer Rudi Dittmann from Germany. Mastering Enigineer for amongst others: Robin Schulz, James Blunt, ATB, Topic, Nervo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Alle Farben, Deepend, Moguai / Working for Labels like Sony, Spinnin', Armada, Universal, Warner, Kontor, WePlay

World Class Mastering Service - Reuben Cohen
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Reuben Cohen is an award-winning mastering engineer, winning a Latin Grammy for his work on Diego Torres' album “Distinto," and a TEC Award for his work on the single, "Happy," by Pharrell Williams.

Blue Oak Mastering - Yukon
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Led by Grammy award winning audio engineer Adam “Yukon” Harr; Blue Oak Mastering is a professional music mastering studio.

Mastering for all formats! - Welcome To 1979
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Welcome to 1979 is an analog-centric studio in Nashville. With 7,000 square feet of space, all your needs from pre-production, to tracking, to mixing, to mastering (and vinyl cutting/electroplating) are housed under one roof.

Mastering Engineer - Big Mastering (Raf Chavez)
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Music Mastering for Digital distribution includes dedicated bounces for Spotify/Streaming, Beatport, Bandcamp & EPK's Handcrafted and trusted by Be Rich Records, Delight Records, Wile Out Records, Visual Sounds & many more with releases supported via Triple J & Spotify Editorial Playlists.

Mixing Mastering Productions 📀 - Alex Picciafuochi Mastering
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Drumcode, Suara, Luca Agnelli - Caneschi, Revealed Rec. - Robert Miles - Claudio Coccoluto. Sony, Universal, Warner, Kontor, Alex Neri (Planet Funk), Etruria, TheDub, Feiyr DANCE ALL DAY - Music Production since 1984 Price List: Stereo Master $30 / Stems Master $60 / Mixing $150 - Individual processed stems in return require an additional cost

Multi-Platinum Mastering - VLM
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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.

Mix | Master | Stem-Master - Giovanni Cordova
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Let's make the world believe in your art

Master of Loudness - Neel Erickson
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Icon Collective graduate providing loud & clean professionalized masters. I care about my clients and love working with all genres of music! Each and every track is unique and deserves its own unique attention. Credits include placement on Spotify’s New Music Friday and features in Warner films.

Remote Mixing & Mastering - Roxy
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Mastering, Audio Post Production

Mixing, Mastering, Production - Elvinho Sircili
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80,000,000 + Streams! I'm a mixing and mastering engineer, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and DJ with 15 years of experience working with some of the best artists on the worldwide scene. The tracks I have mixed / mastered / produced have been released on labels like UNIVERSAL, SONY, WARNER, SPINNIN, STMPD, CONTROVERSIA.

Metal Mixing & Mastering - Davis Hay - HayWire Studio
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Rock, Metal, Punk. Distribution-specific mastering; 48 hour turn-around. I'd be thrilled to take your recordings to the next level.

Mixing & Mastering  - Jhon E. Morales Q.
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Sound engineer with emphasis in recording, editing, mixing and mastering. I have more than 10 years of experience. I currently work as the mastering engineer at TEC Audiovisual. Free edit / mix / mastering test. Send your audios and at maximum of 48 hours you will receive your edit / mix / mastering test.

Mastering | Mixing | Remixing - C-Base Productions
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My name is Sebastian Schleinitz. I have been producing remixes since 2001 and have achieved many official releases so far (named "Captive of Society" or "Hartung & Schleinitz" Remix). Through remixing and own projects I worked on I deepened my skills in mixing and mastering (studies at HOFA Institute). So that I have also produced some bands.

Affordable Analog Mastering - legatomastering.pl
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Brand new, reference mastering room. I studied in Hollywood under Howie Weinberg & Vlado Meller. Apple Digital Masters and Tidal MQA certified engineer. I work with Polish most known independent bands & musicians, Polish & European labels, i. ex. FatCat Records UK, Instant Classic PL, Warner Music PL and many others.

EDM & Pop Specialist - Achilles (Iliad Studios)
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EDM & Pop Specialist, Credits: SPINNIN', REVEALED, HEXAGON, KONTOR, SOAVE, REACHING ALTITUDE, TEAMWRK + many more. Supported By: AFROJACK, TIËSTO, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, TIMMY TRUMPET, W&W, MORTEN, MORGAN PAGE, MARLO, DADA LIFE, YVES V, MAURICE WEST, BLASTERJAXX, KRYDER + many more.

Mastering Engineer - Boman Music Productions
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Scott Bowman provides top-level mastering services to get your music where it deserves to be. With 15+ years of experience being an artist, multi-musician, producer, mixing and mastering engineer and DJ, Scott knows what it takes to achieve mixes with maximum punch, loudness, clarity, depth and width. Unlimited revisions and a fast turnaround.

Mixing & Mastering Engineering - Christian Paladino
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Remote Editing, Mixing, Mastering & Audio Restoration Service.

Mastering for Rock and Metal - Soothsayer Audio
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Mixing and Mastering based in Northeast Ohio, at Soothsayer we want your ideas to come to life on a grand scale. My main focus at Soothsayer Audio is to overdeliver great results to happy clients. As a musician I understand that not only should your music sound great but the process should be fun! No egos, no pressure, just great music!

EDM Producer / Mixing Engineer - Psymbionic / John Burcham
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I am a multi genre composer specializing in bass heavy electronic music with intricate knowledge of sound design and audio engineering. Collaborations with artists such as Bassnectar and Manic Focus fill my discography. Beyond this, I have nine years experience playing shows to tens of thousands of fans at venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Mastering music for 20 years! - Erman Aydöner
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Have been mastering for many years for many genres. Worked for hit records of national and interntional artists. Writer of the books Müzik Yapımında Mastering, Mastering Hakkında S.S.S., FAQ About Mastering. Being endorsed by many big companies. The pro last touch, the secret sauce for your art using specialized analog and digital equipment!

Tailored Mastering Service 📀 - Lars Meijer
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Mastering engineer specialized in the field of Dance/Electronic Music. Worked on projects for clients like Myon, Kaskade, Seven Lions, Fatum, Latenight Alumni, East & Young, Warren Fellow, Unders, Joep Mencke, JDX, Nytrix, AdamK

Mastering engineer - Pablo Rabinovich
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5 Winning Albums at the Carlos Gardel Awards 2003, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2018 (Argentina), Los Angeles Armenian Music Awards 2008, USA; Arpa Awards 2011 USA nomination; Monster Music Awards, Mexico 2011; Latin Grammy 2017 USA (participation in Ilevitable); Friday Night Progressive NY USA 2020; Winning album Baires Prog Fest, Argentina 2020. Contact me!

Hybrid Mastering with class - Vincent Uhlig - GVU Mastering
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I am a sound engineer specialized in all kinds of alternative (/underground) electronic music. Working with some top level high-end analogue processors, I strive to give every track the exact sound/clarity it deserves. Analogue warmth and transparency often distinguishes a good track from a great one. I'm looking forward to work with you!

EDM/Pop Artist & Producer - Cody Lehmann
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I'm Cody Lehmann, an electronic artist from Temecula, California. I specialize in composing beautiful, emotional and empowering slap house, future bass and commercial music. If you're looking for something beautiful, emotional, upbeat, happy, sad, heavy, slowed down or empowering, you've come to the right producer.

Grammy Award Mix&Mastering Eng - Pepe Ortega
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Music producer/Mixer/Mastering Engineer +25 years experience. Grammy Winner and Gold platinum winner. All Generes accepted. Let me take your music to the next level. Wolrd class analog equipment ( Euphonix Mixer mixer, SSL, Neve/Manley/Focusrite/API/ Lexicon : TC) Lot of plug ins for Hybrid mixing.

Mastering: Sonic Equilibrium! - Nathan Johnson Mastering
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Get Sonic Equilibrium for your music with premium professional industry standard stereo and stem mastering in analog heaven & hear your music come alive! Hello & welcome. I'm Nathan Johnson, owner & mastering engineer at Nathan Johnson Mastering.

Mastering & Mixing - Fast Track Mastering
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My goals is to bring out the best of each artist I work with. The master is not done until you're 100% satisfied.

Mastering(Techno/Amapiano etc) - SK Mastering
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I am providing Mastering Service for Dance Music. Most of dance music creators/labels doesn't have sufficient budget, I can be an option for those people. Recently one of my Amapiano/Gqom work had streamed on BBC Radio 1. Experienced in Techno/House/Amapiano/Gqom/Hardcore, all welcome.

What is Mastering?

Mastering adds the final sonic touch to a mixed song. It is the final process performed on a song before it gets released and distributed. Mastering aims to address the following issues

1. Matching a song's sonic character to that of other songs on the same album or playlist, so listening to different songs in sequence feels natural.

2. Optimizing loudness, so the song doesn't sound softer than other songs that might be played before or after it.

3. Adding the last touch of sonic enhancement to the mixed song, addressing macro problems such as harshness, muddiness or lopsided stereo balance, and complementing the mix with subtle global adjustments to EQ, clarity, warmth, punch and wideness.

 

Mastering is a quicker process than mixing and makes less of a difference on the overall sound of your song than mixing, but is nonetheless important as a finishing touch after mixing. It polishes the final mix so all the elements sound as good or better, while achieving extra loudness and 'glue'. Mastering is the final bridge between the mix and distribution.

No two mastering jobs are the same. The nuances of the source material make all the difference in how the engineer approaches mastering, and different engineers have different styles. They may need to merely fine-tune a song before it's ready to be distributed. Other times, a mix might require a significant amount of sonic clean up. Regardless of the project, the goal of mastering remains the same: to ensure audio sounds great across multiple platforms and on different speakers, headphones and listening environments. Mastering is as much a creative art as it is a science and is just as important as other elements in the production process. Get it wrong, and your listeners might think a track sounds "too loud and harsh" or "too muffled or weak". Get it right, and assuming the production and mix are good, your listeners will enjoy the experience.

Different Mastering Techniques

There are various techniques involved in audio mastering. Engineers might use some or all of the following:

Compression and limiting: Compressors and Limiters reduce the dynamic range of the final mix, and when used with taste, make the mix sound fuller, louder and more cohesive. It's easy to squash a mix with poor use of compressors and limiters so you want to work with an engineer who has experience, a good listening environment, a great set of ears and good gear.

Clipping: Some mastering engineers push their analog to digital converters or use software clippers to subtly lop off the peaks of an audio file, to achieve increased perceived loudness and a bit of saturation.

Equalization: Optimizing for a sonic balance that complements the song, often described in adjectives such warmth, huge bottom, brightness, openness or airiness.

Sequencing and spacing: If you are mastering an entire album, spacing lets you determine the amount of silence between each track, sequencing their order, and fades in song endings.

Creative Effects: Other effects include subtle reverb on the whole mix, distortion, stereo widener or filters.

Restoration: This process gets rid of any issues or unwanted sounds, such as pops, clicks, hum, and hiss.

Preparation for distribution: Some engineers will prepare audio files based on particular specifications of online music stores and streaming websites such as Spotify, Apple Music, or CDs. This might entail adjusting the file format, bit rate, sample rate and metadata depending on your needs, and the platform you are distributing to. Other mastering engineers deliver a high resolution Wave file is often sufficient based on your needs.

How to Choose a Mastering Engineer

Some important factors to consider when choosing a Mastering Engineer are experience, gear, listening environment and specialization in a particular genre. There are some benefits to choosing an engineer who has mastered recordings in your genre. Listen to examples of his or her work. This gives you a feel for their work and lets you decide whether an engineer is right for you. Do they specialize in mastering? It might be fine that they do other things, as long as they are devoted enough to the art and science of mastering to have the proper gear, a well tuned critical listening environment and experience.

On SoundBetter you can listen to sound samples, research a mastering engineer's experience, and read reviews of previous clients.

Keep in mind that while the most renowned sound engineers might charge thousands of dollars for their services, some offer reduced rates to indie artists and producers. Also, some engineers might charge you less if you pay for several songs or an entire album in advance. Keep in mind that mastering is a relatively affordable step in the process, so probably not worth skimping on.

Was your song mixed in stereo, or in Dolby Atmos or other Immersive format? If you have an immersive production (multi-channel mix that is greater than stereo), you should hire a mastering engineer that specializes in immersive.

How to Prep Your Mixes for Mastering

The first step of preparing a mix for mastering, is to be sure you love the mix. Don't expect mastering to fix a mix you don't love.

Once you are happy with the mix, simply export the tracks to a stereo file from your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), with the same sample rate and bitrate as your original mix session. If it's 16/44.1, use that. Same goes for 24/48, and so on. Don't upsample (export from a lower to a higher sample rate). If you hired a professional mixing engineer, they will know what files to deliver.

Make sure there is headroom in your mix for mastering. In other words pay attention that you aren't clipping or regularly peaking your master bus if you mixed the song yourself. The mastering engineer needs some room to manipulate the audio file. A mix that is very 'hot' doesn't leave them that room. One of the biggest pet peeves shared by mastering engineers is mixes that are too loud. These mixes are difficult to master and might result in a finished master that sounds very similar to the mix. -3 dB of headroom is usually a good goal, but simply make sure the mastering engineer has headroom to do their work.

If you have any plugins on your master bus, you can remove them, unless they are creative effects that are integral to the production. Generally speaking, compressors, EQs and limiters should be removed.  If this causes your track to clip you can just pull your master fader back a bit, or leave a limiter on, but set it to no gain reduction - rather just to catch the few peaks, so you don't clip the DAW's master bus. If you do leave a limiter on, make sure you have dither set to 'off'. If you see the limiter is gain reducing a lot, even though you didn't set it to gain reduce (i.e you set it to 0 or -.01), that means you're hitting the input of the master bus too hot, and you should pull back the faders on your individual tracks.  If you do need to pull all your individual tracks down by a couple of dB, make sure you account for tracks that have automation written, as they may 'bounce back' to their original position. You can avoid this by lowering all the tracks through the automation, rather than using the faders.

Make sure you review your mix to remove any pops or clicks. You may not notice these but if they exist they may be accentuated in mastering. It's helpful to listen to individual tracks soloed to catch these. Pay particular attention to sections you have edits. If you didn't add fade to edits, you might have digital pops that are easy to miss when many tracks are playing together, but that should be addressed.

Lastly, align your expectations of what mastering can do to a mix. There are subtle things that can be done in mastering to shape and optimize loudness, tone, punch and intensity. However, mastering is not mixing. Mastering can only slightly improve a mix. It doesn't replace the need for a great recording, production and mix. Those are ingredients that make all the difference. Mastering is just the cherry on top.

Master your songs

Mastering is best left to professional mastering engineers. It is affordable enough, that squeezing 5% more shine out of your track is usually a good investment after you've put in all the work to get to that point. The alternative is reducing the quality by 5% by not working with a pro mastering engineer.. Prepping your mixes for mastering and hiring a great engineer with experience in your genre could provide you with just the right touch to take your track from great to awesome. A good mastering engineer can shine a diamond, but not create one.

Happy mastering!

 

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