mastering fees

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Van_Hunter, Dec 14, 2003.

  1. Van_Hunter

    Van_Hunter Guest

    What could one expect to pay to have an acoustic CD mastered, lets say 14 tunes, guitar, mandolin and vocals plus bass which would be all sampled sounds.
  2. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    It all depends on where you go, the rates of the mastering house and how well your songs are recorded.

    Most mastering we do takes about .5 to .75 hours per song so multiply .5 times 14 songs and you get 7 hours times the normal hourly rate of our facility and you get your estimate (+/- one hour).

    I am assuming that your songs are well recorded and that the mastering engineer will not have to spend a lot of time fixing problems.

    Mastering someones songs is very variable. I have done mastering sessions where I had to do very little and 10 songs took about two hours or less. I have also had to do mastering of really bad recordings where the artist did not want to go back and rerecord or remix the songs and it took about 10 hour.

    Best bet is to take your stuff to a mastering house and talk to the mastering engineer. We provide a 30 minute window for free at the beginning of the session so we can listen to the music and give a more informed estimate of the time it will take. Without really listening to your material it is hard to give an estimate.

    Hope this helps.
  3. joe lambert

    joe lambert Distinguished Member

    Drop me an email or phone call and we can talk about your project to discuss rates.
    As a moderator in this forum I prefer to discuss rates privately.

    I'd loved to talk to you about your project.
  4. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    I have never seen a moderator of an on line forum going after business from one of the web board members ...but assume that is ok on this web board?????

    We are also available to do your mastering in case you need a second quote.


    We specialize in acoustic music...just like our name implies.

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