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Hello, my name is Brett Anderson.  Welcome to Cheap Audio Mastering, located in Encino, CA (right next to the heart of California, Los Angeles).

Since 2012, I've worked with thousands of clients just like you.  Clients who have great songs, but need a professional to sonically adjust them so they sound the very best they can.  At an affordable price.  Well, you've come to the right place!

I've worked on many songs that charted billboard top ten in Europe, were featured in movies, and were played in clubs all around the world.

I have many years of experience to get your music sounding the way it should.  Ready for the radio!

I'm a top sound engineer that cares about you and your music, combined with my state-or-the-art gear is the secret to your success! 

 

 

Keep Reading To Get Started!

My goal is to make working with Cheap Audio Mastering a great experience for you. If you have any questions at all, never hesitate to email me.

 

To get a project started:

1. Calculate your TOTAL Price

MASTERING - you are sending me ONE stereo file per song.  The price is $14 per song.  You don't need mixing so nothing below applies to you.

MIXING with MASTERING - you will send multiple files/stems per song.  At least two, or it's not mixing.  The price is $3 per files/stem, PLUS $14 each song for mastering.

Example, if you sent me 10 files/stems for mixing and mastering that's 10 x $3 = $30 for mixing, plus $14 for mastering = $44 total.

IMPORTANT - I DO NOT have pro tools, fruity loops, ableton, etc.  You must upload .wav files the entire length of the song. 

Also, scroll down and check out my - "Setting Your Levels" article so you're not over level.

 

2. Next Pay for the project.

Note - ALL MIXING with MASTERING JOBS - There is a 50% non refundable labor fee.  You can start with one song in the project if you like.

 

3. UPLOAD YOUR MUSIC



4. You will be contacted via email when your initial audio master is finished.

 

5. Once approved, I will complete your audio mastering project and upload partial previews. After the entire project is approved, I will upload the full songs.

 

6. The entire process will take 3-4 business days.  THAT'S FAST!

 

Here are a few before and after mixing and mastering samples from the over 15,000 songs I've worked on.

 

 

 

 

Or Master Your Own Songs With The Help Of
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How To Correctly Set You Mixing Levels

set mixing level meters

Correctly setting your mixing levels before mastering is essential for great mastering results.  Having the best DB levels for mixing is critical.  Here's how to properly do it!

Note - It doesn't matter what DAW software you use FL Studio, Pro Tools, Logic, Reason, Cubase, Sonar or Ableton, my setting mixing levels examples and instructions apply to all of them.

 

VIDEO - Setting Your Mixing Levels Before Mastering

 

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How To Set Mixing Levels

Each channel on your mixer board has a level meter for the individual vocal and instrument tracks you've recorded.  You also have a main/stereo out that has a level meter for ALL the tracks combined. The mixing levels for each instrument should NEVER go over 0 level, and your mixing levels on your main/stereo out should never go over 0 level. 

There's really no need to because overall volume boosts are done in mastering NOT mixing!  And, most of the time going over-level means instant distortion on the track.

The photos below are level meters from two different guitar track.  Guitar Track 1 peaks a few dbs under 0 level and is great.  Guitar Track 2 is several dbs OVER 0 level and will badly distort. 

The fix - Simply pull down the fader on Guitar track 2 a few dbs so it's no longer over-level!!  This is VERY basic stuff here, but you'd be surprised how many sound engineers out there don't know this!

Guitar Track 1

Guitar Track 2

            over-level1             

       

             over-level2              

 Under 0 Level  WAY Over-Level!!

 

What If You Need To Make A Track Louder, But Can't Without Going Over-Level?

This is a VERY common problem with sound engineers who are new to mixing.  They need to make one track louder to cut through the mixing, but in doing so, it goes way over-level. 

Here's the simple solution!

  • Highlight ALL the tracks in your mix and link them all together.
  • Then pull down the faders (roughly -5db) on ALL of the tracks in the entire song. 
  • Now unlink them. 

Every track is now at least -5db below 0 level, if not more.  Now you can start raising the volume on the tracks that need it. 

Note:  If you run into this exact same problem again, you can keep repeating this process until you have a nice track to track volume balance.

 

How To Set Mixing Levels And Know They're Good For Mastering

Usually, if you don't go over-level on any of your individual mixer board channels you automatically won't go over-level on your main/stereo out.  And your levels will be perfect for mastering, leaving enough headroom.  BUT, if the main/stereo out meter is over-level and you didn't go over-level on any of the individual channels, simply pull the fader down a few dbs until it isn't.

"Overall volume level is adjusted in MASTERING, not in MIXING.  Your job in mixing is to stay under 0 level on all of your meters. Don't crank up your faders and distort everything, trying to get as loud as the songs on the radio!  It doesn't work that way!"

 

So, How Should My .Wav Files Look If I Have Correctly Set My Mixing Levels Before Mastering?

Export your mix, and then import it back into your DAW program so you can see how your .wav file looks. 

The examples below show how your .wav files should (and shouldn't) look.  If yours looks like photo Wav 5 or Wav 6, don't even waste your time and upload it!  The song basically cannot be mastered.  Start reading this article from the top and adjust your levels!

Wav 1.

This file is -6db under 0 level.  A little low, but I can work with this in mastering.

 wav1

Wav 2.
This file is -3db under 0 level.  The is "industry standard," what mastering engineers request.
This is the ideal amount of headroom for mastering.

wav2

Wav 3.

This file peaks at exactly 0db.  It doesn't go over-level and there are no flat spots.  Still good!

wav3

Wav 4.
This file is +3db over 0 level.  All the flat spots are distortion.  I can master this and it will
sound much "better" but in most cases it won't sound "great!"  Lower your levels!

 wav4

Wav 5.

This file is +6db over-level!  Completely distorted from beginning to end!

I can't do ANYTHING with this file!  NO ONE CAN!!  Remix this MUCH LOWER!

wav5

Wav 6.
This is an interesting file.  It's completely distorted with no dynamic range, but its
still -3db on the main/stereo out.

.wav6

The mixer either:

A. Had something similar to Wav 5 above and just gained the file down -9db.
B. Some or all of the individual mixer channels are over-level, and the master/stereo out fader was
pulled down -9db.

Either way, this can't be mastered with good results.  Once your song is over-level and distorted you can't just lower the volume of the entire song.   You're just making the distortion quieter, not less intense.

For example - This would be like having a sweater with a huge hole, and then washing it in real hot water to try and shrink it.  Yes, you effectively made the hole smaller because now the entire sweater is smaller.  BUT, you still have an unusable sweater with a big hole in it!!  You didn't solve the problem!

Properly setting your mixing levels before mastering is a very important part of the mixing process.  I hope this article explained it for you!

If you've made it this far, you pretty much know how to set you mixing levels properly.  Now you need to know how to MASTER your own music properly.
 
I would rather you work with me, but if you're looking for a more experienced mastering engineer, check out John Rogers at JR Mastering Online Mastering Studio!  I used to work for him!
 
 

At only $14 per song (and AMAZING results are FREE), my rates are MUCH cheaper than studios like Sage Audio, Pro Track Mastering, Mercury Mastering, and Disk Makers Mastering.  And you can NEVER compare my results to auto mastering websites like LANDR, eMastered, Bandlab, Cloudbounce and Major Decibel!

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