Mastering Rates

Every project is different. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your particular situation.  

Our rates assume a standard 3 to 5 minute song. If your genre has different standards, talk to us. For example, punk commonly has 2 minute tracks, while classical could have 12 minute pieces. Instructional or audio books are also different.

New clients must pay before mastering can start. Return clients must put down a 50% deposit.

  1. This is industry standard best-practice

  2. The evaluation versions are full-resolution master files (we do not watermark)

  3. We include up to 2 extra revisions at no additional charge (you will have a chance to provide feedback)

  4. Payment demonstrates commitment to the project

  5. Payment creates a sense of urgency here at the studio; we know you need the audio!

Indie Package Rates

`The majority of our clients are self-funded or independent artists.  We have crafted the following packages to balance cost versus required formats.  This provides only the formats you need while keeping the costs lower than hourly. Contact us with your specific needs.

A La Carte Mastering Rates

If your project requires alternate formats other than CD or basic digital distribution, we can create optimized versions listed below.  If you are unsure what each of these formats means or if you need it, there is a detailed discussion on our Mastering Formats Page. Rates include up to 2 revision rounds past version 1. Although rare, additional edits are billed in quarter hour increments at the rate of $100/hr.

  • Singles $90 (includes CD-quality WAV output)

  • Multiples: $75 per song (includes CD-quality WAV output and DDP file-set suitable for CD manufacturing).

  • Vinyl premasters - $15 per song

  • High Resolution Mastered for iTunes (MFiT) - $10 per song

  • Radio masters (from provided mixes, where certain words are not in the mix) - $10 per song

  • Cassette masters (in digital output) - $10 per song

  • 8D Audio for YouTube, Spotify or other - starting at $100 per song. (contact us for more info)

  • Instrumental masters (from provided mixes) - $10 per song

  • Alternate versions (for example, a specific Streaming target) - $10 per song

  • MP3/AAC made from high-resolution sources - $ 5 per song, with Metadata add $10 per song

  • Sequencing / META data only - $30 to $50 per song, contact us.

N.B. Instrumental/Radio/Alt edits must be supplied by the mixing engineer.   Alt mixes received after mastering is complete are billed at the standard rate. Remixes are billed as new songs. Requested remixes are not. Please contact us with any questions. 

Attended Sessions

 $450.00 / hr. 

·       Studio lock out, attended session

·       EQ, correction, loudness, and leveling in Mastering Suite

·       Multiple formats for outputs

Please estimate 3-5 hours to complete a 10 song album, depending on audio program specifics

For example, the typical cost for a 10 song album with minor revisions: $1900.

Industry Label Mastering Rates

$240 per hour - billed in quarter hour increments. Rush services and shipping available at additional charge. 

Stem Mastering (sometimes called separation mastering)

In general, we only ask for stems (sub mixes of individual elements, e.g. drums, guitars, vocals, backing vocals, bass, etc.) on rare occasions where that approach will resolve an issue in a manner that best suits the project’s needs. We believe in a separation of church and state (so to speak) between mixing and mastering. There are different listening skills required for mixing compared with mastering and each is a separate, specialized field. We go out of our way to ridicule mixing engineers who claim “and of course I can master your track in house.” That said, a few times a year a client comes to us where they are at the end of the creative sidewalk and ask us to master from provided stems. In these cases, we may agree to the project.

Stem Mastering - Starting at $125 per song, increased depending on complexity. Output format is digital distribution and / or DDP. All other formats additional. Please contact us if you’re interested in this method.

Audio Transfer and Audio Restoration Rates

Every project is different. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your particular situation.  We use the finest analog to digital converters, cabling, workstations and do each transfer by hand.  

Industry Restoration Hourly Rates

$240 per hour - billed in quarter hour increments. Rush services and shipping available at additional charge.    Minimum hourly fees apply.