Services and Pricing

-Audio Mastering-

Typically includes audio level, dynamics, and equalization adjustments; noise & click removal; fades/crossfades; and track sequencing & spacing. The approved mastered material will then be used to generate a CD Master, audio files for Digital Distribution, and/or to cut a Lacquer Master Disc for vinyl pressing. 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):
JASON WARD or BOB WESTON:
$180 per hour; revisions included
SHELLY STEFFENS, MATTHEW BARNHART, or MARGARET LUTHAR:
$150 per hour; revisions included
GREG OBIS:
$75 per hour; revisions included

Unattended Sessions (tapes or files are dropped-off or sent-in):
JASON WARD or BOB WESTON:
$140 per 5 minutes of material to be mastered; revisions included (15 minute, or $420, minimum charge)
SHELLY STEFFENS, MATTHEW BARNHART or MARGARET LUTHAR:
$110 per 5 minutes of material to be mastered; revisions included (15 minute, or $330, minimum charge)
GREG OBIS:
$80 per 5 minutes of material to be mastered; revisions included (15 minute, or $240, minimum charge)

So, a 40 minute project will be mastered for $1,120, $880, or $640 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 level, eq, spacing, fades, metadata, etc. Excessive additional revisions made at the normal studio rate of $180/hour, $150/hour, or $75/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 fee. For vinyl, we can generate 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:

Also includes UPC/ISRC number & CD-Text encoding. Production masters available in Redbook CD-R or DDP-image formats. Additional data (Enhanced CD features) may be added as well. Charges for this service are dependent upon how well prepared the data is. Please ask for more information

CD Masters:
$75 for PMCD with error report and PQ sheet, or DDP image file on DVD (or uploaded to CD 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:

Generation and encoding of mastered audio files in formats of your choice (16 or 24 bit WAV, mp3, FLAC, etc). Includes metadata tagging of mp3 and FLAC files. We are certified by Apple as a "Mastered For iTunes" approved studio and can provide MFiT files upon request. Production masters available as Data CD or DVD, and as uploaded files.

Digital Distribution Masters:
$75 for audio files on Data CD or DVD (or uploaded).

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

Cassette Masters:
$75 for audio files on Data CD or DVD (or uploaded).

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 includes material load-in, spacing, cutting time, and cost of lacquer blanks. See lacquer pricing below for flat-cuts.
Session 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, 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.