Mastering

 

Mastering

Mastering is the final stage of the creation of a Master (CD or audio file). Loading, sequencing, leveling, reverb, equalization, dynamic processing, tracking and the burning of the final CDR master or creation of the final audio file are all part of the mastering process.

During the mastering process, many adjustments are made to create the final sound of the recording. These adjustments are monitored with the studios' state of the art monitoring system, as well as a secondary smaller set of speakers and high-quality headphones. If, upon listening to the master in your own personal listening environment, you wish to make changes to the sound to effect your personal vision of the recorded sound, remember that any changes will be billed at the regular hourly rate.

While the cost of mastering can vary widely, expect to spend a minimum of 4 hours. Mastering can be an intensive and time-consuming process, depending on the material and client needs.

The mastering work that I do on a project when you are not present is billable at the same rate as when you are at the studio. The time required to actually create a master subsequent to deciding on the sound is usually about 2.5 to 3 hours (to create the wet master file and/or final CDR Master and track it). You must pay for 3 hours of mastering in advance; any additional charges must be paid upon delivery of the final master.

Mastering is a matter of taste, and if you decide to make changes subsequent to the creation of the CD Master, you are responsible for any time spent re-mastering the project. I can give you samples of various masterings of your project for audition elsewhere; any time I spend preparing those samples is billed at the standard rate. I can also email you some pre-made examples free-of-charge. If you anticipate many changes to the mastering, you have the option of a flat fee for unlimited mastering of any single disc project; that fee is $5000, payable in advance of any work.

 

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