Music Mastering Services Online
When looking for a mastering service online, the best thing to do is to send a song from your last album to a few different music mastering engineers to see which one can make your music sound the best. Hiring a stranger to master your music can be scary, but getting a sample from a few different mastering engineers before hiring them makes it a lot easier to find a someone you can trust. Check out what I had to say about having a mastering service contest in my interview with Music Tech Magazine.
Free Mastering Sample
To get a free mastering sample online, send me a song and I’ll master 2 different full length samples of your song for free. If you like how the samples sound, you'll be able to purchase and download the radio-ready files instantly, or hire me for your next project and get a free mixing consultation before mastering. I think you'll find that my audio quality is amazing, and that my customer service is the best in the world.
Free Mixing Advice
I’ve found that people LOVE the free mixing consultation that I offer with every purchase. A few good mixing tips can often make a huge difference. If you'd like free mixing advice before mastering, create a login to book a project, and then upload your files. We'll discuss some potential ways to improve your mixes, and if you want, you can then re-upload your new and improved mixes for mastering.
Music Mastering Online FAQ
1. Why shouldn't I just have my mix engineer provide the mastering services for my music?
2. What's the difference between audio mixing and audio mastering?
3. Do you offer mixing services?
4. Will my music be radio/label-ready when I get it back from you?
5. How does online payment and delivery work?
6. How do I prep my mixes before mastering?
7. What gear do you use?
8. Do you charge extra for revisions?
9. What are the advantages of music mastering online?
10. Can you embed ISRC, UPC and Track info into the masters?
11. How do I make a .zip file of all my audio files for upload? Does zipping effect audio quality?
12. What is your address?
13. Why do you offer a free mastering sample?
It is has been widely known in the music industry for a long long time that whoever mixed your album should not also be the music mastering engineer. Operating a mastering studio requires totally different tools and a more refined skill-set than mixing does. In addition, an mix engineer won't have fresh ears or perspective if they have already listened to a project a million times. It is extremely uncommon for a record label to release unmastered music, or to have the audio mastered by the same person who mixed it.
Mixing is the process of adjusting the individual tracks/individual instruments in of a mix, and audio mastering typically only deals with the stereo output of a mix. Music mastering comes after mixing and is the last creative musical process before releasing a song or album. A good mastering engineer can also makes a collection of songs feel like an album, glueing them all together.
I don't offer mixing services. I don't recommend hiring a mix engineer who claims to offer both mixing and mastering services. You should only hire 'full time' music mastering engineers or get your audio mastered somewhere that is operates solely as a mastering studio. Places that claim to 'do it all' are generally very low quality. If you're looking for a great online mixing engineer, email me and I'll gladly recommend one.
Yes, IF your mixing is reasonably well done. Music mastering is the final "polish" or "sheen" on a mix, but it's not a substitute for good mixing. That being said, I've worked on many CD's that have had less than stellar mixes that have turned out sounding pretty good after leaving my mastering studio. It's not uncommon that I'll master a record that was recorded in something like GarageBand, and even though the recording and mixing where less than ideal, the record comes out sounding fantastic.
Payments must be made in full before online mastering can begin. After payment is made, files can be uploaded through my site or mailed. Once the music mastering is complete, WAV files will be sent online via FTP and if approved, those files can be released. If needed, a DDP 2.0 disc image can be sent online or physical CD masters can be mailed for an additional fee. Payments can be made with credit card or PayPal account. Shipping prices, if applicable, vary by location.
There are a few things to keep in mind when getting a mix ready to send off for online mastering. Here's a list of pointers that will help keep your audio sounding it's best:
i) Send your mix bounces in the same sample rate and bit depth you recorded it in. (If you recorded it at say, 48 Khz/ 24 bit, don't convert it to 16 bit or 44.1 Khz.)
ii) Don't put any effects (compression, limiting, EQ, etc) on you stereo output track.
iii) Make sure the stereo output track isn't clipping, and that your individual tracks are not clipping either. Leaving me some headroom will help get the music to sound as amazing as possible.
iv) Listen to your mixes on as many sets of speakers as you can to make sure you're happy with how they sounds in different environments. Good audio recordings generally sound good everywhere, and the better mixes sound before being sent to the mastering studio, the better it will sound after I've finished.
Great question! I don't post a gear list, and here's why:
It's been widely publicized that lots of online mastering scams have been popping up online. Many of these online mastering studio websites post fake gear lists and use fake studio pictures in an effort to rip people off. Some mastering engineers have even reported seeing pictures of their own mastering studio online on these scam mastering service websites!
I strive to operate my business with the highest level of integrity, and getting into a "gear-list war" with a con artist claiming to offer quality mastering services online isn't a battle worth fighting. If you'd like to hear what I can do for your music, please send me a song for a free mastering sample. You can't fake great music mastering, and I find doing a free mastering sample for people demonstrates the amazing quality and awesome results that I offer better than anything else. Check out the interview I did with Music Tech magazine that goes into more detail on the subject of
online mastering contests.
In the unlikely event that you feel your masters doesn't sound amazing after being returned from my mastering studio, I will make free mastering revisions until you're happy with my work. If you ever aren't satisfied for any reason with my work, please, please let me know, and I'll bend over backwards to make it right. My goal is to keep your business for life, and I pride myself on having the best customer service in the mastering studio industry. I want to make sure your online mastering experience is pleasant as possible.
If you hear any small mixing or editing mistakes in your mix after having it mastered, I offer a discount for remastering new mixes at a rate of $25 per song if there are only small changes to the mix.
When you getting music mastered online, you can easily try out a few mastering engineers before picking one. There are more mastering services online to choose from, so you'll be able to find someone who complements your musical style the most.
Yes I can. Check out this blog post for everything you could possibly need to know about embedding ISRC & meta data into CD audio.
Zipping your audio files doesn't effect their audio quality, and it makes uploading big files for online music mastering much easier.
To create a .zip file in Mac:
a. Press "Command" and click each of files to select which files to zip.
b. Press "Control" and click on the selected files. Choose "Create Archive" or "Compress Files".
c. This creates a new file, called Archive.zip. This is the compressed file.
d. Rename the Archive.zip file and upload it to me.
To create a .zip file in Windows:
a. Locate your files.
b. Ctrl-click on each file to select all of them.
c. Right-click and choose Send To > Compressed (Zipped) folder.
d. Rename the .zip file and upload it to me.
I'm just north of Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Most people that hear my work absolutely love it. I often get hired by people who have sent a single song out for over a dozen free mastering samples from various online mastering studios. After hearing the free mastering samples from various studios, a huge percentage of people end up hiring me because of my superior audio quality, amazing customer service, and reasonable prices. I believe that if you hear what I can do for your music, there's a really good chance that you'll hire me.
Any other music mastering questions? Contact me!
Audio Mastering Reviews
Mastering engineers are notorious for being condescending jerks. My goal is to not only get your recording to sound awesome, but to do it while providing the best customer service in the world. I want to win your business for life. Take a look at some of my reviews on Google+, CitySearch, and below.
Chris did an amazing job transforming good mixes into great masters for our upcoming EP. The masters are dynamic, have great depth and sound awesome. True to his word, the masters were delivered on time and not only that Chris is a delight to work with. Look no further!
-Britt Hartnett - http://www.pandaface.com.au
I am so lucky to have found Chris to master for my label Alchymie. He has done an amazing job with all my projects I've submitted! His masters always sound amazing! Chris takes pride in his art and it shows not only in his masters but also in the way he treats his clients...with sincerity and professionalism. He will let you know his thoughts, tips and when you can expect the finished product. His turnaround time is incredibly fast! I have highly recommended him to many people for mastering services. As always for Alchymie's latest project Chris is always wonderful!! Thank you!!
-Jennifer Ruzicka - http://alchymie.bandcamp.com
I came across Chris Graham through Twitter promoted feeds. Never in a million years would I dream I would find my mastering engineer this way. My past projects have been mastered by legends Shelly Yakus and Bob Ludwig. Honestly, I prefer the sound Chris gets after comparing his latest project for me to theirs. He was professional, on time, and provides and insane amount of feedback. Most people leave this step "to the professionals" but Chris really demonstrates what mastering is through his website, and his personal touch really means a lot in an industry that loves to hide behind the wizard curtain. Thanks for such a great job Chris. The client I was producing for was extremely happy. You are now my go-to guy for all future projects.
-Daniel B. Marshall - http://www.danielbmarshall.com
Awesome job, very well done, and very fast! I'm super glad with the mastered song Chris did!
I was looking for a mastering engineer and came across chris through a search on google. Chris was very professional and welcoming with his honest advice and provided a great service which was unmatchable.
He listened to my mixes and gave me feedback and after receiving the masters I was very happy with the results. My track has come alive!!
Hip hop producers This is the man for the Job !!!
Thank you for your great service, I will definitly be returning in the near future with more projects.
-Abir Hussen - https://soundcloud.com/abir187
My track has turned out exactly how i wanted it, no fuss, no delays, quick turn around ! great audio mastering service :)
I tried different places to master one song of a project, and I have to say Chris was the best option. I think the system he uses through his site is very convenient but mostly the sound that he delivered was truly what I was expecting. I appreciate also the fact that he sent me two versions for me to pick. That was an extra bonus. I will definitely use his services for coming projects.
E-mailed the mix to Chris on Wednesday evening and had 2 mastered versions back by Friday morning.
Both versions sound excellent, crystal clear and all the elements of the song in exactly the right place - Sounds great in the studio, on my phone and in the car.
Fantastic service will definitely be back for more!
Wading through the waters of "online mastering" is angst filled to say the least, but Chris has brought a professionalism, quality, and customer service that is incredibly rare. He has my business from now on for all of my mastering needs. So awesome. HIRE HIM.
-Jason Dunton - http://jasondunton.com
The song is going to be used on a campaign to save the Koala so it was important to get it right. Chris seemed to pick up the vibe and got it sounding really nice and it was all done overnight as I slept !! Thanks
-Dave Norman - https://www.facebook.com/dave.norman.351
(Includes Free DDP Software & Encoding Of ISRC, UPC, & CD Text.)
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Audio Mastering Engineer Chris Graham
Before I became a full time audio mastering engineer, I was an audio engineer, music producer and musician. Like other audio engineers, I occasionally was put in the uncomfortable position of having to master my own mixes due to an artist's budget problems. Mastering anything you've also mixed is a nightmare, but I quickly grew fascinated with the process and began acquiring specialized audio mastering equipment and software and working hard to hone my skills.
I started mastering every unmastered album I could get my hands on, and after showing my producer friends the results I was achieving, I was soon being asked to master albums all the time. Eventually, more and more people began asking me to master their projects, and I grew to really look forward to the reactions I would get after sending them my work. I soon realized that I enjoyed mastering music for other people more than I had ever enjoyed producing, engineering or even playing my own music professionally. As the projects kept coming in, I decided in 2008 to devote all my efforts to providing music mastering services, and stopped accepting work as an mix engineer or producer.
I had my mastering studio built, and the choice felt right in my heart. I couldn't be more pleased with where that decision has taken me. Few things give me more satisfaction than the feedback I receive from people about how excited they are that their recordings are finally "coming to life."
I still occasionally find the time to get out on the road and play my own music, but I prefer to stay home with my wife and sons and master music. Running an online mastering studio has been a blast and I love meeting and working with the incredible people from all over the globe that come to me for their mastering services.
If you'd like to get to know me a little more before sending your project my way, please call me or send me an email.