Services and Pricing

-AUDIO MASTERING-

Typically includes audio level, dynamics, and equalization adjustments; noise & click removal; fades/crossfades; audio restoration; and track sequencing & spacing. The approved mastered material will then be used to generate audio files for Digital Distribution & Streaming, a CD Master, and/or to cut a Lacquer Master Disc for vinyl manufacture. See “Production Masters” section below for pricing on these items.

Attended Sessions (band or representative at session, 2 hour minimum charge, around 6 hours is typical for a 40-minute, 10-song album):
BOB WESTON:
$180 per hour; revisions included
MATTHEW BARNHART:
$150 per hour; revisions included
GREG OBIS:
$90 per hour; revisions included

Unattended Sessions (tapes or files are dropped-off or uploaded):
BOB WESTON:
$140 per 5 minutes of material to be mastered; revisions included
MATTHEW BARNHART:
$110 per 5 minutes of material to be mastered; revisions included
GREG OBIS:
$85 per 5 minutes of material to be mastered; revisions included

So, a 40 minute project will be mastered for $1,120, $880, or $680 depending upon which engineer works on the project.
(For unattended sessions: two sample tracks will be provided online for approval or revisions before we continue on to the remainder of the project and send out an invoice. Two reference CD-Rs or an upload of entire project will be provided for approval of levels, eq, spacing, fades, metadata, etc. Excessive additional revisions made at the normal studio rate of $180/hour, $150/hour, or $90/hour.)

-PRODUCTION MASTERS-

Often referred to as “parts”, we generate the required production master(s) for each manufacturing or distribution format or media from your approved mastered audio. The creation of each production master part is charged at a flat rate. For vinyl, we can cut the lacquer masters using your approved mastered audio from an outside mastering studio if desired. This is referred to as a “Flat Cut”.

Compact Disc:

Generation, encoding, and testing of CD Master. Also includes UPC/ISRC number & CD-Text encoding. Production masters delivered as a standard DDP-image for Audio CD (CD-DA).

CD Masters:
$75 for DDP-image file and PQ sheet uploaded to you and the CD Pressing Plant.

CD Reference Disc:
Two ref CD-Rs for approval of mastering, spacing, and fades are free.
$10 each for any additional reference CD-Rs.

Digital Distribution & Streaming:

Generation, encoding, and testing of mastered audio files (Standard Quality 16-bit, 44.1kHz WAV and  High Resolution 24-bit, 96kHz WAV). We are certified by Apple as an “Apple Digital Masters” approved studio and can provide ADM files upon request. Production masters are uploaded, and are also available on a Data DVD.

Digital Distribution & Streaming Masters:
$75 for audio files uploaded to you.

CD Reference Disc:
Two ref CD-Rs for approval of mastering, spacing, and fades are free.
$10 each for any additional reference CD-Rs.

Cassette:

Generation and testing of two mastered digital audio files (Side A and Side B). File format is 24-bit, 44.1 kHz WAV, unless specified otherwise. Production masters are uploaded directly to the cassette duplication facility, and are also available on Data DVD.

Cassette Masters:
$75 for audio files uploaded to you and the cassette duplication facility.

CD Reference Disc:
Two ref CD-Rs for approval of mastering, spacing, and fades are free.
$10 each for any additional reference CD-Rs.

Vinyl:

Flat-cut (cutting of audio already mastered elsewhere) includes material load-in, spacing, cutting time, and cost of lacquer blanks. See lacquer pricing below for flat-cuts.
Hourly studio rates apply for any additional audio mastering work needed (see rates above).

Lacquer Masters:
12″ — $225 per side (ask about pricing on multi disc albums)
10″ — $160 per side
7″ — $130 per side
(Additional charges may apply for excessively long side times, click vinyl button for more info.) 

Lacquer Reference Discs:
12″ — $100 per side
10″ — $75 per side
7″ — $60 per side.

Dub Plates:
12″ — $150 per side
10″ — $75 per side
7″ — $60 per side.

-Shipping costs-

Shipping costs are billed at actual cost (plus packaging if necessary).

-Payment-

Full payment is required before we will release or upload a full set of reference tracks, Production Masters, or any source materials.
We accept Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Chase QuickPay, PayPal, ACH transfer, and Wire Transfer. When using PayPal (this does NOT apply to regular credit card transactions), there is an additional 4.25% added to the total to cover PayPal’s fees. An additional charge of $35 applies to wire transfers to cover bank fees incurred.