Music Mastering Services Online
When looking for a mastering service online, most people will send one song to a few music mastering companies to see which one can make their mixes sound the best. Hiring a stranger to do your mastering online can be scary, and the only way to find a mastering engineer you can trust is to upload a song for a free mastering sample before hiring them. 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, upload a song and I’ll master a 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. 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 paid project. A few good mixing tips can often make a huge difference. To get free mixing advice before mastering, create a login and book a project by making a payment. Upload your files and we'll discuss ways to improve your mixes.
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.
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
I've been mixing for 3 decades now and this is the 8th CD I've had the privilege of producing. And, to be honest, it was worth the money to hire Chris just for the pre-mastering tips he gave me in the mixing consultation. I made a few, seemingly insignificant adjustments and was amazed at how much better the mixes came out. He has a great ear for what needs to be done and he works WITH you (never had a Mastering Engineer communicate with me, let alone work with me before).
So, I resubmitted even more fantastic mixes than my originals, thanks to Chris, and in the Master he brought out the best in all of them. I was a little concerned in submitting the project to just anyone because of the variety in the tracks and the dynamic range - it was not a "one-size-fits-all" contemporary music project (the pieces ranged from an instrumental, classical ensemble to an a cappella Gregorian chant choir, from Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi to an original piece). Yet, like a good chef with all of the right ingredients, he brought out the best flavor in each course of the meal. In other words, he gave each track the attention it needed and helped the album to flow from beginning to end as a whole, and he even sent me his Masters for approval before concluding the project.
If you want the best Master possible for your project and communication during the process, submit it with confidence to Chris and you will not be disappointed. Quick, friendly, professional.
I found Chris through a google search and despite being on the other side of the Atlantic in Scotland I thought his free sample offer was too good to not take a chance on. Wow - what a result, two versions of the song 24 hours later, both so good that it was almost impossible to choose from, but doesn't matter as he gave me both. Given the quality of the work and the fast turnaround I would have no hesitation in recommending Chris but the icing on the cake is that he is a lovely guy and sent several emails letting me know what was happening through the process. Total quality - we will definitely be back.
We really enjoyed working with Chris. He did a Great Job! We had to rush the mastering to meet our duplication deadline and he made it happen. Our next release will also be mastered by Chris Graham Mastering.
Just started working with Chris Graham . I had been looking for a Mastering Engineer for a few months and it seemed like a miracle when I found chrisgrahammastering.com Chris actually answers your e mail's. and gives great customer service. But that was just the beginning. I sent him a song for a sample and he did a fantastic job sending me 2 different samples of the same song. Both sounded great. I went ahead and paid right then because I knew from my previous searches that Chris Graham was gonna be our mastering engineer. Chris loves to get involved with the song so it will sound the best it can sound. You can tell quickly that Chris is all about Quality, Customer Service, and Good Communication.
So, if you are looking for a mastering engineer where small things mean something you should book Chris to master your song/songs. Because all those small things add up to quality that's hard to find in todays world.
I highly recommend Chris Graham to anyone looking for that final touch , that final finish, that will set your song apart and send it on it's way to success.
I have many more songs I plan on booking with Chris and there's no doubt Chris will still possess and use his experience and his in the "now moments", to get the songs where they should be. "Finished".
I love'd the fact you was fast mastering my files, that's something I really appreciate, and the fact you gave me versions to choose from. Outstanding job, I will have you master my files from now on.
Awesome!! I was really impressed with the quality and very quick work, I recieved the masters within two days!! Will definitely use again thanks Chris-
I've worked with several online mastering services in the past and Chris Grahams service and quality is absolutely unmatched. He's given me invaluable mixing advice and has worked patiently with me on my tracks until they were the best they could be. Results of the process are extremely worthwhile.
Ok, so he isn't Elvis. But all the wonderful comments that describe Chris' work are absolutely correct - he does fantastic work, quickly! Also, love the fact that he provides an optional mastering mix to pick from.
Let me just start off by stating that I'm
truly blessed having found a Mastering Engineer
that's as passionate of his job as I am of mine.
Furthermore I was incredibly impressed with his
work so,much so I'll be using him in the future.
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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.