In Search of A Mastering Engineer, Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Scriabin, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. Scriabin

    Scriabin Guest

    Hello All,
    I'm nearing completion of a three to four song demo for submission to an independent label. Naturally, I want my band's music to be taken seriously so I'm prepared to have it mastered by an experienced professional.
    Its a toss up between the various quality studios. Does anyone have any that you would recommend. Also, what should I expect to spend budget wise to get a 3 song demo mastered. Mind you, it wont need any major surgery or work. Just matching levels and touch of eq here and there and fades...
    Thank you for your replies in advance,
  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    I might know someone... :wink:
  3. mixandmaster

    mixandmaster Active Member

    SPAM!!!! :eek:

    ....though I know someone too... :?

  4. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    It's like throwing raw meat to a pack of dogs....

    There are several here that would do it and do it well. I would just email any you think you would like and get their prices. the prices will vary depending on who you ask.
  5. Scriabin

    Scriabin Guest

    Thank you for the replies. Based on the quality of the mix I submit, how many hours would it take roughly to master 3-5 songs w/ each running between 2:30 and 4 minutes and not needing major surgery. Also, how hot of levels do you guys generally prefer when mixing rock?
  6. joe lambert

    joe lambert Distinguished Member

    Good question.
    How much time does it take. My answer is as long as it takes to get it right. Sometimes it takes me 10 minutes for a song sometimes it takes me 45 before I feel its just right.
    With indie ep's like yours I offer a flat rate depending on how long the material is instead of how much time I spend. Within reason of course. I would guestimate spending around 3 to 4 hours from start to finish. Your mileage my very.. every project is it's own thing.

    As far as levels go: Peaks around -3 are a good average. Use your ears. If it sounds great leave it alone. DON'T WORRY ABOUT MAKING IT LOUDER!!!!
    Don't limit or normalize. I suggest doing a vocal up and voc down mix. If you're working with a computer it takes 5 minutes to do. Once eq/comp... is on the track it might sound better with one or the other.
    Manny of my clients send me all 3 and let me do what I feel is best. If you're not comfortable leaving it up to me and can't attend then of course it's your music, do what you feel is best.
  7. mixandmaster

    mixandmaster Active Member

    What Joe said. Other than I've never done anything in 10 minutes.

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