We offer both digital and vinyl mastering services to artists and labels with the highest level of quality and craftsmanship at a price that is affordable and competitive. Our studio is equipped to work from digital files as well as tape!
Mastering, in its essence, is a quality control process that bridges the artistic world and the manufacturing world. A mastering engineer combines aesthetics with a knowledge of deliverable formats (such as CD, streaming services, and vinyl, for example). Communication, efficiency, and artistic nuance are perhaps the most important tools a mastering engineer has - besides their own ears!
We deliver digital masters destined for:
- Streaming/digital distribution
And of course, we also provide vinyl mastering.
- • $125/song (Ready for Streaming)
- • $85/song (Ready for Streaming)
- • Record Your Mixes To Tape
- • Alt Mixes Mastered
(Radio, Instrumental, Clean Versions, Etc)
- • 12" = $200/Side
- • 7"= $125/Side
- • 12" = $150/Side
- • 7" = $100/Side
Files You'll Need
- • Digital Distribution and Streaming Master (5 songs or more): $75
- • CD Master (DDP): $75
Vinyl Pre-master Files:
- • 12” = $100/side
- • 7”/10” = $50/side
GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW
For whatever format(s) you are releasing your music on, there are some general guidelines on the information we need before we start working:
- Track titles, order of tracks, artist name, and album name
- What deliverables (masters for CD duplication, streaming services, etc.) you are planning to release
- ISRCs (see more information here)
- While we can work with pretty much any sample rate or bit-depth, 24-bit is preferred over 16-bit if possible (native rate, not converted to 24-bit)
- When delivering tape, please include alignment tones on the tape
- Side breaks if destined for vinyl
- If you have instrumental or alternative versions please deliver them with the original mixes if possible. It allows us to process all the songs in the same session. For instrumental versions, we will also deliver a 48kHz/24-bit set appropriate for film/licensing
- If you're ready to send us files to begin the mastering process, please do so at this link!
When mastering for vinyl, we take into consideration the unique properties of the medium and provide the most accurate transfer to disc from whatever format we are provided with. In a historical context, “mastering” describes the various tweaks needed to provide the highest quality level of deliverable.
If we are lucky enough to master your files before we cut them, this often provides the best transfer. Working with the audio from stage one of the mastering process allows us to be familiar with your music and optimize the audio for the medium. That being said, if you choose to have your work mastered elsewhere we are more than capable of providing an accurate transfer to our lacquer masters (this is a called a “flat cut”).
For unattended mastering, we will start with providing you with two “reference” tracks out of all the songs you need mastered. If you have a preference for which two we start with, let us know. We’ll work with those two songs and get them how you like them before working on the rest of the album - we can use them as a rough “guide” for the rest of the tracks.
For attended mastering, we’ll work through the whole album with you and then you can evaluate the masters in listening environments you are familiar with.
The “full reference” will be an encrypted DDP (Disc Description Protocol, the Redbook CD audio format) player which allows you to see track titles, names, etc. as well as hear spacings and transitions between songs.
When you approve the digital mastering, we’ll provide you with appropriate deliverables for each format. The next step, if needed, will be preparation for vinyl.
Don’t hesitate to provide us with more information about the sound you’re looking for - mastering engineers have to get to know your music intimately in a short period of time, so the more relevant background we get, the better.
In List Form:
Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett Love For Sale
Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born
Eminem Marshal Mathers
Weezer Tell Me What You Want 7"
The Weeknd Thursday
Beck Night Running 7"
John Coltrane A Love Supreme
Molly Tuttle - …But I’d Rather Be With You
Olivia Newton-John Duets Volume One
More to Living Than Being Alive, Tear Us Apart, Paper Tigers
Nashville Ambient Ensemble - Cerulean
Joshua Ray Walker - Glad You Made It
Oliver Wood - Always Smilin'
The Wood Brothers-The Muse
Netflix - Standup Specials
Guardian Singles - S/T
Chris Knight- A Pretty Good Guy
Pixel Grip - Arena
Lambchop - Showtunes
The California Honeydrops
Clem Snide - Forever Just Beyond
Armand Hammer - Haram
Colin Hay - I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
Billy Woods - Dour Candy, BRASS
The Grand Ole Opry - Unbroken | Empty Room, Full Circle
The mastering engineers “back in the day” were transfer engineers whose main task was to transfer the analog tape used as a recording medium onto the lacquer masters used for vinyl record pressing. While mastering has developed an artistic process all its own, the goal of staying true to the original music while being aware of the benefits/limitations/etc. for various formats still holds accurate.
Our goal as mastering engineers is to make a collection of songs sound whole, as consistent as possible, across all mediums. This includes dynamic range adjustments, coloration from various analog gear, and plugin emulation (transformers, tubes, etc.), as well as level matching, EQ, and noise removal.
Any adjustments made should enhance, not detract from, the final product. That being said, just like any creative process, input and feedback from the client ultimately determines the direction we take!
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Bobbi Giel is a mastering engineer based out of Nashville, TN. She made the move to Nashville in October 2017 and spent four years at Georgetown Masters under the direction of Chief Mastering Engineer Andrew Mendelson before joining the team at Welcome to 1979.
Bobbi began her career at University of Hartford's The Hartt School where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Production and Technology with a concentration in Classical Piano and minor in Business Administration. Following graduation in 2015 she spent two years working at various recording and post-production studios in New York City including MSR Studios (now Sound on Sound Studios in Montclair, New Jersey), the new Atlantic Studios at Atlantic Records, and LVLY Studios.
In addition to mastering, Bobbi became a voting member of the Recording Academy in 2020 and is a contributor to Gender Amplified, a non-profit organization that aims to celebrate and provide a platform for the promotion and advancement of women in music production.
Josh Sebek is a mastering engineer based out of Nashville, TN. Originally from Canada, he made the move to Nashville in February 2022 from Boston, MA to find a home at Welcome to 1979.
Josh began his career in audio at Berklee College of Music where he graduated summa cum laude majoring in Music Production and Engineering with a minor in Post Production For Film and TV. During his time there he discovered a love for mastering completely by chance and never looked back. For him, mastering encompasses both the artistic and the technical side of audio in perfect harmony.
In addition to mastering, Josh is a devotee of all things analog – from tape machines to vintage gear and beyond. His love for analog led him to a deep interest in the vinyl format at a young age. As a result, he is intent on being involved in the vinyl industry from concept to turntable.