Mastering Recommendation?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by voyager, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. voyager

    voyager Guest

    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!
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2002
    NYC New York
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    I would first approach the 3 you mentioned and see what they can do as far as price for you, you never know.

    There are a lot of options out there so I would get recommendations from people you know. By throwing it out there, you'll probably get bombarded with every kind of mastering house there is, so you're kind of back to sifting through it. There are many good places to choose from and will make sure you are happy with the results.
  3. Juno60

    Juno60 Active Member

    May 23, 2009
    Something like Ozone produces a very good sound. And the presets provide form a very good starting place.
  4. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    OH boy, you're just asking for it aren't you? :roll:

    Apparently Voyager is looking for professional advice.
  5. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    Juno60's sig speaks volumes.

    Why don't you try George Wohng's W1 Limiter? VERY GOOD PLUGIN TO MAKE SOUND GOOD
  6. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    Hah! VOLUMES - I get it. :lol:
  7. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    <U$1000 for 17 songs + instrumental versions an so.. you are asking for a Santa Claus gift.
  8. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
    Home Page:
    I get requests for me to master 24 songs and the ARTIST wants to spend $200. Lots of people today want something for nothing. It is a WAL-MART world.
  9. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    Just ask if they would be willing to play at your birthdays´s party for U$100.
  10. pauladam

    pauladam Guest

    I agree with Codemonkey - Why don't you try George Wohng's W1 Limiter?
  11. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Lake Ki-Chi-Saga, Minnesota USA
    I just tried it, pretty sweet and its free! :lol:
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  13. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Wow -
    2 posts so far and both SPAM!!

    You know you're about to get your a$$ handed to you?!

    This is a SMALL world - discredit yourself here with a bunch of crappy SPAMMING and you'll see whatever little business you may have trickle off.......

    You're welcome to stick around and contribute, but linking to your website is NOT contributing, it's called being a dick.

  14. iamfrobs

    iamfrobs Guest

    And the sad part is Cucco, his website isn't even that, it seems like he has a better setup then a lot of other people I have seen offering 'mastering'...

    Has to ruin the image he has by spamming.
  15. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    I wouldn't expect to see a Spammer with Manley and Masselec gear...

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