How do I master your music?
HUMAN EARS | REAL ANALOG | FAST & AFFORDABLE | FREE SAMPLE
Every piece of music that passes through these doors is mastered by me personally to industry standard specs with the best analog mastering signal path. I work with you to get your mixes to the best they can be before we even start to master: this is all included and a big part of my dedication to your music.
UPLOAD YOUR TRACKS
LISTEN & ENHANCE
ALL ANALOG PROCESSING
CLARITY WITH WARMTH
LOUDNESS WITH DYNAMICS
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THE MASTERING PROCESS:
Fill out your info in the booking form.
Book the session & upload your tracks
I’ll help make sure your tracks are ready to master
I’ll send you back top-level industry standard masters
I’ll build your album/EP including:
Fades and transitions
LISTEN TO THE DIFFERENCE OF INDUSTRY STANDARD MASTERING
“I did my first solo work with Nathan and that material still stands the test of time”
Josh Pyke / Singer songwriter & multi-instrumentalist (4 x ARIA Winner/12 x ARIA Nominated/Wonderlick Entertainment/Sony)
“Nathan Johnson has golden ears and the magic he produces is spooky”
“I continue to work with Nathan almost exclusively. His studio, professionalism, expertise and experience ensures you’re in safe hands with any mastering project.”
“Nathan Johnson has great ears, attitude and instincts and knows intuitively what a song needs and how to get that elusive “expensive” sound.” His work on my solo album ‘Lines’ was sublime – he really went the extra mile to make it sound amazing.”
$100 per song (AUD)
Stereo Mastering is a single stereo WAV or AIFF file of your final mix.
Usually 1-3 day turn around
1 stereo file per song
$250 per song (AUD)
Usually 2-4 day turn around
Up to 6 stereo stem files per song
For stem mastering: provide separated stereo files of your final mix broken out into musical sections ie: rhythm section, percussion, guitars mix, synth/keys mix, brass mix, vocals & effects mix etc. This gives the mastering process more flexibility.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN EVERY MASTER:
Every mastering project booked with me includes all this at no extra cost:
My analog EQ, compression, stereo enhancement and loudness processing.
Clarity with warmth. Loudness with dynamics. Punchy with focus.
EP/Album/Compilation sequencing including fade ins, fade outs, song gaps etc.
High quality stereo WAV or AIFF and/or MP3/AAC/OGG formats as required.
Formatted for iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, Tidal and YouTube.
A DDP Master with ISRC meta data.
Mastered for vinyl if required.
You get unlimited revisions (T&Cs apply)
I am the only person who will work on your music. I do every master and I take it very personally. I will master your music to industry standard specs. I am so confident that you will be blown away by my mastering I offer you unlimited revisions if you need them. The fact is revisions are so rare because my clients love my work. Simple.
I do not offer money back guarantees. I have found in the past that generally those who request their money back are trying to deceive, and go onto release the mastered songs they’ve received from me regardless.
You can do anything! You create music: that’s something most people only dream about. The fact is even the world’s best mixers and producers use professional mastering engineers because they don’t trust themselves to master their own or their client’s music.
The objective listening that I do as your mastering engineer has taken literally decades to acquire. I’ve trained with Grammy winning mastering engineers plus the tens of thousands of dollars in equipment and the purpose built mastering studio all add up to the industry standard mastering that I will do for you.
This is available to first time clients only (T&Cs apply). Simply get in touch via email (not the booking form) and send me your finished mix, and I will master the song and send you back a 30 second sample. If you like what you hear, simply book the job through the normal process on the website and I will send you the complete mastered version, and this also includes all the features and benefits that every mastering job gets at no extra cost.
Depending on existing bookings, generally turn around is 1-3 days for stereo masters, but always within 7 business days. For stem mastering the process is more involved, so usually 2-5 days, and always within 10 business days, If you need it sooner, please just let me know in the booking form.
Once I’ve received your booking confirmation and files, I will let you know via email. I’m now your mastering engineer and you can contact me with any further questions directly, I’m here with you for the entire process.
The next step is I have a listen. If everything is good to proceed, I schedule the booking and studio time. If there is an issue with the files, or I need to give you some pre-master feedback, I will be in contact with you very soon. My aim is to get the ball rolling for you as quickly as possible so you get your great masters back pronto!
Easy – just get in touch, and I’ll sort it out for you quickly.
Digital playback and capture is with Pro Tools Ultimate software. To break out of the digital domain I use a Crane Song HEDD192 analog/digital convertor – this is a dedicated purpose built mastering piece of equipment and is sort after and used by the best mastering studios the world over. Crane Song is synonymous with the highest audio & mastering quality. Once I’m analog it stays analog heaven the whole way, with my amazing collection of the best mastering equalisers and compressors available, until we go back to digital for the final file via the Crane Song HEDD192. If you want to see the gear, please go check out The Studio for a detailed list.
When you make the booking, I will confirm with you the studio time and I always stick to my booking schedule. Once I’m done I will send you through a link to download your masters. If you need an update at any time, just send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need a radio edit, or instrumental version, or the remix dubstep version etc, I will do each extra version for 50% of the normal mastering price per song.
Stereo mastering is one single stereo file per song.
Stem mastering is separate files (stems) when combined playback the mix of your song just like a stereo file. It’s a great way to give me a little more flexibility when mastering your song. Sometimes your mix is great but you just can’t quite get it to gel and stem mastering is a very versatile option to help give your song the last push for sonic equilibrium.
For example, most stems are 3 to 5 stereo files, all the exact same length, all relative to your mix, but split out in to specific groups of instrumentation. This is generally:
- Rhythm instruments like drums, percussion etc
- Bass instruments like the bass guitar
- Keyboards, synths, other melodic components
- Vocals & effects
If you need any help with preparing your stems please ask. I’m here to help the whole way.
If for any reason you are not 100% blown away by the masters I do, please tell me why and I will rectify that for you quickly. Revisions are very rare, but I will always offer this as my guarantee to you. The revisions only apply to the original mix you’ve sent through. If after mastering, you find that “wow I wish I mixed the vocals way louder” then I will offer you a 50% discount on your new mix.
Mastering should not happen until you have locked off every aspect of your production. Once a mix has been approved by you or your client, and you send it through to mastering, you must be 100% finished. However – we are human beings after all…if you find for example the guitar solo performance is just not cutting it, even after you’ve mastered, then fix it in the mix and send through to me for mastering again, and I will do it for you at a 50% discount.
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