Cost Mastering an E.P.

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by VintageSound05, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. Hi all,

    My name is Chris and I've been lurking for some time. My band is going to record a 5 song E.P. (20-25 minutes, rock music) and we're trying to figure out how to allocate our available funds (self funded). I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction, or clue me in to a price range of a good person that masters for a reasonable price. We have a limited budget, so were not expecting to go to some super star mastering studio. But what we are hoping to find is someone who does honest and excellent work. Our music is in the neighborhood of the vines, greenday and nirvana, so we'd prefer someone who is familiar with mastering rock and can use some tricks to give our music the added polish. Any help or direction is very much appreciated.

    Thanks for any responses.

  2. headchem

    headchem Guest

    For cheap recording / mixing, I've had good experiences with the local university, where the audio guy will cut you a deal if you allow some students to cut their teeth on the recording. Enthusiastic college kids can bring a lot of creativity to the mix, too.

    Whatever you do, you absolutely must tell the mixing engineer that you have a little less money than you actually do, and tell them you can't go over that price. Let them decide what they can do for you for that price.
  3. Thanks for the quick response

    yes, I've thought about the local University. I live inOrange County, LA area, so there shouldnt be any shortage of recording schools /classes e.t.c.

    All we need though is teh mixing and mastering process, so i posted in the recording studio forum about mixing, and I am positng about mastering in this forum.

    Please! any help is much needed!

  4. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2002
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    I think the best bet is to ask around or contact mastering engineers and ask them what it would cost. Most have indie rates. There are lots of good guys here, just check out what they've done and if it looks like something that interests you, send them an email and start a dialog with them.
  5. good advice. Thats what I'm going to do.


  6. CrackBuddha

    CrackBuddha Guest

    Excellent negotiating tactic!

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