Standard Mastering rates:
• Mastering: $70 Per Song
- Mastering of songs up to 10 minutes in length.*
- Unlimited revisions without additional billing.**
- Downloadable versions of your masters as uncompressed Wave files.
- Indefinite secure archival of your project.
*Songs longer than 10 minutes are billed at $9 per minute.
**Important Note: Revised mixes that require new mastering settings are billed as a new song. Modified mixes that use the same settings are billed the “alternate version” price.
• Alternate Versions: $35 PER SONG
This covers any songs you need mastered that we can process using settings from a previous version such as modified mix downs, instrumentals, extended club mixes, radio edits, clean or dirty versions, and vinyl specific masters of a digital release.
If you’re having two sets of masters made, for example, one louder set for Internet and another more dynamic set for vinyl, the additional set is billed at these rates. These can be prepared at any point after the first mastering session.
• Interludes & Short Songs: $12 Per 30 SECONDS
If you have short interludes of 1.5 minutes or less, these can billed in half-minute increments as to avoid the full price of mastering a song.
• Stem Mastering: $120 PER HOUR
Stem mastering is billed at an hourly rate to compensate for the additional setup and working time of these projects. Most songs take about 45-60 minutes to master but can take considerably longer depending on how much we delve back into mixing.
ADDITIONAL FORMATS AND DELIVERABLES:
• INTERNET & STREAMING FORMATS:
• MFIT (MASTERED FOR ITUNES): $10 PER SONG
AudibleOddities is an Apple approved supplier of MFiT masters. These can be prepared separately for a nominal cost, at any point after the mastering session. Delivered as 24bit Wave files.
• MP3: $10 PER PROJECT
High resolution MP3’s with embedded metadata that can include song titles, album title, artist name, and artwork.
• SOUNDCLOUD: $5 PER SONG
SoundCloud uses a very unforgiving compression algorithm that can create lots of apparent distortion during playback. If you plan on uploading your masters to SoundCloud, we can prepare a special set of files to ensure you’re getting the highest-fidelity that is distortion free. Delivered as 24bit Wave files.
• YOUTUBE: $10 PER SONG
YouTube now employs volume normalization similar to what you’ll find with Spotify, Apple Music, and broadcast standards in Europe and North America. YouTube does not adhere to any known standard, but from my tests, they have chosen close to -13 LUFS.
This is noticeably quieter than most contemporary digital masters headed for CD or download. Because of this, it makes no sense to upload a master that was pushed for competitive loudness. Pushing a songs level for loudness diminishes the transient clarity and punch of a recording, as well as introduces distortions which may or may not be apparent. This makes music feel flatter and less three dimensional, and when you upload this loud master to YouTube, it will be turned back down to around -13 LUFS.
This means regardless of the final level we choose in mastering, it still won’t be louder or quieter than anyone else, but it will sound more lifeless compared to other songs that weren’t maximized to the extremes. From my experience, uploading a master to YouTube with a target of -13 LUFS will allow your song to feel bigger, more open, and clear. This format can be prepared separately for a small additional cost.
• DDP & CD-R Masters: $50
If you plan to release your music on CD, you’ll need a properly assembled and error-checked DDP file set, or Redbook CD-R for the replication facility.
Includes 2 master discs and regular shipping or a DDP file set delivered online. You can order these at any point after the mastering session.
• Vinyl Parts:
Lacquer cutting per side for 12″ and 10″: $175
Lacquer cutting per side for 7″: $100
Reference Acetates: $100
*Prices do not include shipping.