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Not all recordings or projects need the same attention so Mastering time/cost may vary depending on:
number of songs, total running time, final mastering format(s), whether you need lots of restoration (fixing clicks, pops, thumps, bad-edits, hiss and/or hum noise reduction), whether you also require an MFiT (Mastered for iTunes) versions.
Main Menu (Standard Mastering):
Industry Standard Mastering for Digital/Online Distribution (iTunes, BandCamp, DistroKid, TuneCore, Spotify, YouTube, etc.) is the "main menu".
This includes the actual Mastering of your songs, sequencing (spacing/pacing), some restoration, high-resolution Master files (WAV or AIFF), and High-Res Lossless Masters (320k MP3, or AAC) if desired.
Off-hour "flat rates" could be available for independent artists/projects. Flat rates are usually for unattended sessions.
This is at the discretion and availability of the engineer. Flat Rates usually not an option if you are in a rush and have a fixed release date unless I just happen to be available at the last minute.
|MFiT Masters:||+$25/song (Mastered for iTunes may require alternate mastering settings and always requires real-time analysis and approval from the Engineer)|
|Vinyl Masters:||+$50 - $100 (7" or 12")|
|DDP Master:||+$75 (Special Digital Mastering File format for CD replication/duplication facility for CD pressing)|
|PMCD master:||+25$ (This is the special CD that is sent to the replication/duplication facility for CD pressing). *DDP is more common these days.|
|DVD Session archive:||+50$. Includes hi-resolution masters. Unfortunately, we're not able to keep your projects indefinitely. Backups are money well spent.|
How do I send you my files? How do we handle payment? How quick is turnaround?
Contact me through my Contact page, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote and to discuss scheduling.
Then you can upload your files via your preferred service (WeTransfer, Dropbox).
Once your files are uploaded, you can send payment via electronic bank transfer: email@example.com.
* If you attend the mastering session then you can pay via cash or check (no master files will be available until the check clears).
Online Mastering will be completed in no more than 5 work days unless otherwise discussed in our initial correspondence (due to high volume). If you need the masters faster, be sure to discuss a "RUSH" package. When time permits the "rush" masters will be delivered in 48 hours (at an additional charge).
When mastering is complete, samples are sent to you for approval. Once approved, full resolution WAV masters can be downloaded (no additional charge) or delivered on physical CD via mail (with an additional cost for media & shipping).
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