The pricing rates can vary depending on your project needs. We have 2 types of prices for mastering. The best way to help you with your mastering project is to give Ron Turner, Head of Mastering at Real Tone, a call or e-mail and he will help guide you through this process.
Type 1 Mastering is based on a per song basis. The more songs you need to master, the less it is per song. This may be the best for your needs depending on the quality of your mix. If your master mix needs more extensive mastering, you may want to take a look at our Type 2 Plan which is based on a flat project mastering rate.
1 Song Mastering $65.00 (With Tape- $95.00)
EP Mastering (2-6 Songs) $55.00 Per Song (With Tape- $85.00 per song)
LP Mastering (7-15 Songs) $45.00 Per Song (With Tape- $75.00 per song)
Type 2 Mastering Rate is based on a flat rate per mastering project. This works great if you are on a strict budget and you have spent much of your cash on the recording process. We can work with you and your budget to finish your project with a great master.
Why use analog tape for your master? If you like that big vintage sound, then analog mastering is for you. It adds punch and a diffent type of clarity to your master. This costs more because it is a lot more time consuming for the Mastering Engineer. You will also need to purchase the master tape which is an additional $150.00 per reel.
Before your session date, be sure Ron has your mix files, track list (in order), payment, contact info, and any comments.
On or before your session date, Ron will listen to your files to be sure they play properly and to get a feel for your music. He will then contact you to discuss the project.
If you send a single, we will return to you either an e-file or Reference CD (your choice). Your project is now complete.
If you send an album, Ron will master one song first and send it to you via e-file for comment. This is to ensure that you and he are on the same page creatively. When that one song is worked out, the entire album will be mastered with that one song as a guide. This may take 1 or 2 days depending on the length of the album.
When the mastering session is complete, you will be sent a Reference CD to listen to. Listen on different systems and in different environments if possible. Please listen to the actual CD we send-- do NOT rip it into a computer for listening purposes because that may alter the files. What you are listening for: that the songs are in the proper order and are the proper versions, if pauses are comfortable, and the sonic of the album is acceptable. Take as much time as you like with this step.
The album at this point should be ready for approval. If you do have tweaks, now is the time to wrap them up. Another Ref will be sent to you if necessary. The album must be completely approved before the Master can be made. This takes an additional half day, which will need to be scheduled. ............................................................................
As far as how to prepare your mixes, just make them sound the best you can. Here is a list of tips:
Please leave a little head room (3 to 5 dB) so that Ron has some room to work/process.
Keep the mixes in the native sample rate you've been working in and keep the bit rate high (24 bit). Include the sample rate and bit depth in the documentation.
Stereo interleaved .wav files are preferred.
Send all .wav files on CD-R.
Name each file with the song name and version.
Leave 5 seconds of silence/room tone before and after each song.
Do your own fade outs (and still add 5 seconds of silence).
Please Lable your discs with the "Project Title"
Provide the final Track List (in order) and an ISRC for each song (if you are using them).
Include all Techicall info such as sample rate and bit depth for each song.
Name the contact person for the project and their contact info.
To make submissions easier. Please fill the Mastering Submissions Form below: