I am currently running a special discounted rate on all mastering services. Individual tracks during this period are just $5, so start off with a free test master and take advantage of this deal before the summer ends! Music Guy Mastering offers 5 years of experience in audio mastering and every project is handled personally by the Music Guy himself, Paul Ventura! Through doing a bit of research, you’ll find that MGM offers some of the most inexpensive mastering services to be found on the net. Check out my mastering rates section for more information and be sure to check out my mastering FAQ section, as well, so that you know what I need from you in order to hand you over the best possible finished and mastered audio. Additionally and very important for anyone interested in seeing/hearing what I’m all about, you can get a free test master of one of your songs within 24 hours guaranteed at absolutely at no cost so that you can hear the difference before moving forward with me. And if you’re still unclear on what exactly the somewhat nebulous “audio mastering” even is, read on!

What is Mastering?

Mastering is the crucial final step after you’ve gotten your final mixes together but before you start putting your music online or on CD. The purpose of mastering is threefold:

  • To create unity between the various tracks of a record and create a final product. When you’re mastering a full record, you can have individual tracks/songs which were recorded in a wide array of different environments and perhaps even with different producers. At the very least, every song will be mixed down to different levels. It’s the mastering engineer’s job to create a unified flow and relation between the tracks which make up a record to turn it into that final product.
  • To make everything on the record sound as good as possible. Tools like compression, limiters, and equalization can be applied to tracks to get the best possible sound even after the final mix has been handed over to the mastering engineer. Getting the best sound possible and overwhelming the client with quality is really the main objective.
  • To create the record itself and all that that entails. This means nitty gritty things like setting how tracks flow into one another, the space between tracks, setting the overall output (volume) level of the CD to be on par with other commercial releases, making sure the CD adheres to RedBook standards, and even adding information to a CD like ISRC codes.

In short, the mastering engineer has a lot of responsibilities and because they are the last ones to touch a record before it gets sent off to the CD replication plant, everything has to be just right; otherwise it’s a costly mistake.