Music Mastering Online FAQ1. 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.
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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.
Vocals are the hardest to get right in a mix, so it's not uncommon for us to be sent projects with the music pre-mixed and the vocals separate to save money. Often, just having the vocals mixed professionally can take a song to new levels and it pretty affordable.
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Chris is great in mastering.I send him a sample of my song and I got two different samples back within two days, which is fast and excellent.He provides a great customer services for his customers.Trust him,He is 100% professional.He will make your sounds come to life.I will be sending him more and more audio for mastering.
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Chris was genuine and extremely pleasant to work with. In addition, he is always eager to please his clients.
-Cho - https://www.youtube.com/user/ChoLinMusic
CHRIS GRAHAM WAS A GOD SEND. THE WEB SITE WAS EASY TO NAVIGATE
THRU. THE TURN AROUND WAS SUPER FAST. AND THE QUALITY OF WORK WAS FANTASTIC. I TOLD ALL MY MUSIC BUDDIES ABOUT CHRIS.
Having the songs mastered by Chris was an exhilarating experience. After the emotional process of recording, analyzing the sounds online, before/after mastering (in an MP3 format) was a daunting prospect. Chris’s website is so user friendly and so well thought through! Chris applies his professional knowledge on sound understanding where you are heading to and making the right choices to release the songs’ full potential. I loved his work, in my case, on having a warm and spacious voice, which enables you to feel the emotion behind and be truly moved! There were some imperfections in the recording and Chris’s work was amazing!
It was pretty effortless right from the start. The website is flawless and even though I didn't directly talk to Chris I knew I could just email or give him a call if I needed to. A quality service right from Chris's website. I was referred to Chris from a colleague and was not disappointed in the results.
-J-Port - http://www.studio1zero.com
It has been real joy to work with Chris and Co. The whole process have been quick and comfortable and functions really well. It was also at an amazing price. Chris' response was quick and friendly. I got two samples back from Chris so I could choose the best one. I felt happy that he gave me choices.
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I sent Chris a piece of mine to master and honestly he did not disappoint one bit, not only did he polish my piece and make sound awesome, but it was quickly done and at a reasonable price!! Overall 5 stars, If anyone is thinking of getting their music mastered, then I absolutely recommend Chris, Thank you!
-R.M Music Productions
I sent Chris a piece of music to master and I certainly wasn't disappointed, noot only did he polish my music and make it sound awesome but it was quick and at a very reasonable price, I got the samples the next day! Overall 5 stars, anyone thinking of getting their music mastered Chris is definitely recommended, thanks Chris!
-R.M Music Productions
I've had mixed experiences with mastering engineers over the years, but I have to say this is an incredible service. It was done with amazing speed, and the job was exactly what I was looking for, and it brought out the best in my mix. The option to sample the master before purchase (and compare it to the un-mastered track) is just the icing on the cake. Highly recommended.
-Jack Hadley - https://soundcloud.com/jackhadley
Mixing & Mastering Services
Do you wish your recordings sounded better? I can help with that. Send me one of your mixes and I’ll master a sample for free. If you need help with mixing, I offer a free mixing consultation with every project and mixing services from a team of professional mix engineers. I have the best customer service in the world, and if you’d like proof, just Google “Chris Graham Mastering reviews” to see what other people have said about working with me.
Free Mastering Sample
To get a free mastering sample of one of your mixes, create a login to send me a song and I’ll master two different full length samples for free. After hearing them, you’ll be able to purchase and download the full versions instantly, or hire me for your next project and get a free mixing consultation before mastering.
Free Mixing Advice
People LOVE the free mixing consultation that I offer with every mastering project. 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 by making a payment, and then upload your files. We’ll discuss potential ways to improve your mixes, and you can re-upload new mixes before mastering if you’d like.