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Jaxsn Music - Audio Mastering Fees:
Send us your stereo mix needing MASTERING WORK work.

Try Our Mastering for $125:

Send Jaxsn Music 1 Song (Audio File or CD), Then We Will:
  • Listen To Your Song, Make Suggestions
  • Master Your Song, Make a CD and MP3 (With No Codes.)
  • Send Your Song To You via Internet, So You Can Hear The Difference
  • This Song Will Count As Song 1, If You Want Us To Master More Songs For The Same Project

What Is Mastering
Mastering (Stereo Style) Mastering (Stem Style)
Full Mastering Service (Includes Coding)

$100 / Song (up to 2 songs)
$75 / Song, 3 songs or more

Full Mastering Service Includes:
  • Equalizing the Song (if needed)
  • Balance
  • Maximize
  • Normalizing Multi songs
  • Buss Compression (if needed)
  • Trim (removal noise at beginning and end of song)
  • Fade
  • Order Songs
  • Song Spacing
  • Comparing
  • and Coding for File Format
Then we record to a Redbook Master CD-R
and a .Wav,
as well as a Low, Standard, and High MP3
Version for the internet.
Light Mastering Service

$50 / Song (up to 2 songs)
$30 / Song, 3 songs or more

Light Mastering Service Includes:
  • Maximize
  • Fade
  • Song Spacing
  • Buss Compression (if needed)
  • Order Songs

Then we record to a Redbook Master CD-R or .Wav,
as well as a
Standard MP3
Version for the internet.

An upfront, nonrefundable deposit of 50% is required, before any work can begin or any schedule/due date can be finalized.
Full payment is required before ANY Reference, Master CD can be released.
Shipping fee is not included. Additional copies of any of the above Master CD are available at $10 per copy.

What Is Mastering  (Back to mastering page)

Mastering is the final stage in the recording process.
Mastering is usually performed using one of two kinds of source material: stereo mixes (the most common method) or stems.
The following text details the process involved in mastering for CD release using stereo mixes.

Mastering sessions can happen both with the client in attendance or unattended,
if the client is not local or cannot make the session for other reasons.
In fact, with high-speed internet connections, the majority of the process can be handled long-distance if needed.
You can upload your mixes to my web server and I can post mastered versions for your review.

Mastering (Stereo Style)   (Back to mastering page)
My approach to mastering includes five steps:

1.    Evaluate your recordings, goals and reference material
2.    Sonically polish each song to achieve its full potential
3.    Assemble the album, including setting song spacing
4.    Submit the first master for client review and changes
5.    Generate the final master, perform quality assurance on that master and prepare paperwork for manufacturing

First, your material is evaluated in an acoustically accurate headphones, using a high quality monitoring system.
If you have CD's you want me to reference to create your master, I’ll listen to them as well.
During this process, I’ll get a sense of each song and the album as a whole.
  • Are your mixes too bright?
  • Are they too dull?
  • Do they lack bass?
  • How do they compare to your reference material?
  • Are the mixes consistent with one another?
  • How could each song best fit into the sonic context of the entire album?
  • Does a given track sound great and not need additional processing?

Next, each song is carefully sculpted and processed to achieve its full sonic potential and to best balance it against the entire album.
Here at Jaxsn Music, this usually involves high-quality analog equalization (Millennia, Neve, API and Tube-Tech)
and compression (Summit, Pendulum, API and Purple Audio).
Occasionally, other processing is used, such as stereo expansion, the addition of reverb, multi-band compression,
M-S processing, noise reduction or other sonic restoration techniques.

A well-mastered song sounds great on all kinds of systems, whether on an audiophile-quality sound system, a car radio or an iPod.
Accurate monitoring and well-trained ears ensure that your mastered CD will translate well onto almost any system.

Once each song is treated, the tracks of your album are assembled in order.
The beginning and ending of each track is examined and cleaned.
The spacing between songs is carefully set and any cross-fades are applied.  CD track start and end markers are created.
Then, the relative volume of each song is adjusted to create a balanced listening experience.
We match industry-competitive loudness, focusing on the fact of your CD being played on the Radio. 

If you are attending the session, I burn you a reference CD to take home and review.  If you are not attending the session,
I create reference audio files and upload them to my secure server.
Once we are both satisfied, I burn you a final redbook master disc, perform one last quality assurance test,
and give you the paper work for disc manufacturing.

Mastering from Stems (Separate Tracks - While Mixing):    (Back to mastering page)

Stems are a full set of sub-mixes representing all the tracks in a song, broken out in some logical grouping.
For example, the stems for a rock song might include: kick, snare, the rest of the drums, bass, guitars,
lead vocal, backing vocals, keyboards and reverb/effects.
These sub-mixes are created so that when they are mixed together they add up to your exact, final mix.

Some clients like to have their album mastered from stems rather than from stereo mixes.
The advantage of this method is that the mastering engineer has the ability to treat and process the material
at a more granular level; they can address any sonic issues with the voice or adjust the overall relation between
the bass and kick and how they merge to form the low-end of the mix, etc.
They can then re-combine the processed stems using a high-quality summing device or pro sounding console
(like my SoundCraft, Allen & Heath and Neve Mixer and Channel Strips)
and feed this stereo mix through my
Manley V-mu Tube Compressor, or
Solid State Avalon Compressor, to add warmth or sheen
to the over all mix, then we mix to  24 bit HD, and burn to 16 bit CD on the industry standard MasterLink.

The primary disadvantage in mastering from stems is obvious: it takes more time than mastering from stereo mixes.
More time means more cost, but the benefits can be well worth it, for most projects,

The final issue with mastering from stems is that it blurs the line between mixing and mastering.
This can be a double-edged sword: individual musical elements can be treated and
adjusted in a way that is impossible with stereo mixes.
This could be a godsend for the project. But in the wrong hands, working from stems can lead to a final product that
too far from the artistic intent of the original mix Communication and careful review is key!