Professional Mastering

A home or project studio can be a great place to write and record music, but it's usually not acoustically designed for mixing. Your work may sound good there, but it will often sound thin, dull, boomy or harsh when played elsewhere.

When I master your mix at Third Wave Audio, it will be as punchy, big and clear as possible, wherever you play it: on a home system, in a car, in a speaker dock or in a club.

Every song you hear has been mastered to sound the best that it can, and this final step will guarantee that your mix does too.

In a typical mastering, I will...

  • deepen or tighten bass as necessary
  • shape mids so that voices and instruments are as clear as possible
  • contour highs to make sure they're crisp without being harsh
  • clarify stereo image
  • create better separation between instruments
  • improve "loudness"
  • assure that each mix sounds great on any system
  • balance the volume and tone of all the songs in your project, so they transition perfectly and the project has a unified, polished sound

I'll also help you fix your mix. In many cases you'll get better results by tweaking your mix. I'll recommend changes so you can send an updated version before mastering.

In some cases it's best to remix from the ground up from a fresh perspective. No problem: if you would like me to mix your music, head over to my mixing page.

How: Just e-mail or call to discuss the project. You can e-mail a link to your mixes using services such as Dropbox or HIGHTAIL (formerly youSENDit), or ask for a private login to the Third Wave server. The usual turnaround time for mastering is 1 day per song.

How much: The rate for mastering is $50 USD per song; mastering is included if I do the mix. This includes a complete digital mastering with any transfers, processing and basic editing*, using the best equipment and software available. I return the finished master files to you by FTP.

Whether your mixes need a major boost or just some final polish, a pro mastering at Third Wave will have them sounding great.


*See also: the Mastering FAQ page and Mastering Examples.

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