I am finishing up an R&B / Urban Pop album and am in need of a reputable mastering house. I am definitely on a budget, but for reference, several of my favorite albums were mastered by Brian Gardner at Bernie Grundman and Chris Gehringer at Sterling Sound. Below are two wav files mixed to 16-Bit 44.1kHz around -5dB. They are rough mixes just to demonstrate the music. One file is dry and the other has Waves Plug-Ins on the Main Bus. As you may be able to ascertain, the album has a sci-fi/space feel. ·5trk Mastering Demo Dry 26.71MB 2:35 wav ·5trk Mastering Demo wPlugins 26.71MB 2:35 wav Budget: < $1,000 ·17 Tracks (First track is only 44 seconds and only features a computer voice and a few Sound Idea effects—no music) ·55 to 60 minutes sequenced and gapless ·24-Bit, 48kHz ·Plenty of headroom ·Will deliver week of April 13th with UPC and ISRC Codes (Currently finishing up recording and mixing) ·Interested in possibility of separations, but it’s not a must ·Possibility of one or two instrumental versions (for singles) What I am looking for in mastering: ·Informed use of compression, limiting, and EQ (I have access to great plug-ins but don’t want to just slap a bunch of stuff on the main bus) ·Consistency between tracks ·Good translation on multiple listening systems (i.e. consumer headphones to higher end systems) ·Loud is okay, but I don’t want to completely kill the dynamics There are so many “mastering” options out there, so I appreciate any recommendation responses or PM’s. Thanks!