Please recommend very low budget mix and mastering service...

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  1. vkris

    vkris Ultrasonic

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    Please recommend very low budget mix and mastering service...

    ...of course only if you have a personal experience with them.

    For example:
    cheapaudiomastering.com

    The price is fine, but their selected before and after examples do not give me much hope.

    Where to find better quality for that money? ((20-50 USD per max. 10 track instrumental song (ambient, soundtrack) mixing and mastering)).

    I will soon (few weeks maybe) have 3 songs completed and I'm looking for someone who can mix and master them.
    I'm not looking for speed ... I can wait for weeks to get the job done.

    Do you have any recommendations?

    Thank you.
     
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  3. reliefsan

    reliefsan Rock Star

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    Sorry never tried any online mixing service so cant help you with that.
    By reading what your saying I would advice you not to use that service you found, since you already are not impressed with the quality.

    online mastering is another matter tho, and their are too many options imho.

    Sorry cant be of much help
     
  4. digitaldragon

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    I'd ask around here. I trust these folks more than an online service. Surely there are some who can help you. Don't know if you'll find that kind of price point though. Never hurts to ask.
     
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    I just listened to the examples on cheapaudiomastering.com. The examples for "Hip-Hop" after was horrible! Completely distorted. I could have so-called "mastered" that track better on my tablet while taking a dump! ;) Don't use that!
     
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  7. vkris

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    I did not mean it ... it was just an example because they said:
    -high-quality results
    -top notch customer service
    -AMAZING results
     
  8. vkris

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    I certainly will not ... I'm not crazy :)
     
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    I already did ... three people have already contacted me, but I'm late with my project as always.
     
  10. Qrchack

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    Yes! If you're not looking for speed, try it yourself! Watch tons of tutorials. Don't download anything more than what you have. Start with just using the volume and pan, and stick to what you have already. You can go a very long way with just EQ and compression that's built into your DAW. At the budget you mentioned, you'd only be hurting yourself, your music and the whole music industry.

    Also: decide if the music you have made is worth investing in, and if you decide it is, try asking people around in your local area. Music is all about people. Messaging random internet guys and browsing shady websites won't help at all. Good luck!
     
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    50$ for/per 10 tracks,mixing+mastering is too little to hope a good careful work.
     
  12. tooloud

    tooloud Producer

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    Is it for commercial release?
     
  13. Popotan

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    If you are going to cut costs and use some budget mastering service you might as well do it yourself. All they are probably going to do is slap something like iZotope Ozone on your track and apply some preset.

    If you have a well-treated room and decent monitors I see no reason why you can't master your own works. You don't even need fancy hardware and can produce professional sounding masters in the box, especially with all the wonderful plugins at our disposal these days. If you are a good mixer you probably won't even have to tweak your mixes much anyways. Of course if your mixes suck and you are hoping for some mastering engineer to miraculously make your tracks sound good you are out of luck.
     
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    $50 each? Or $50 for all?
     
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    KungPaoFist Platinum Record

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    I've heard the online mastering thing can work fine for all kinds of stuff. Not sure if I've heard of a full mix and master though? If any subcontractor is considering this as their first gig I advise all parties involved to clearly hash out the expectations and limitations or this could be a classic first mistake for someone.
     
  16. vkris

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    $50 each.
    For every track i need 2 files: mix+master.
    I understand that people from countries with strong music industry (like US) are offended with 50 bucks but in my country (one of EU countries) it is almost 2 days salary and in many countries around me it's more than a two-day salary.
    Not to mention that there are at least 25 countries in Europe and near Europe where 50$ is more than one day salary.
    And if we go further than Europe, in some countries, for $ 50, people work all week.
    In all of these countries there are home studios and professional studios with a lot of talented people who consider 50 USD to be a decent money.
     
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  17. vkris

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    Of course not.
    It's for my youtube channel, but audio quality has to be like or near commercial music, but of course not as the songs from Top Charts, I do not expect this.
     
  18. Shorty2694

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    Hello,
    Try the Stem Mastering for 80€ each --> maximum 8 separate tracks (ex: Kick, Drums, Sub, Bass, Synths, Acoustic instruments, Vocals, FX). Enables to fix even more mixing mistakes.
    or
    50€ mastering only.

    Very good Studio from Paris.

    WarmUp Studio
    www.warmup-studio.com/en/studio/
     
  19. Qrchack

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    The thing is they, quite frankly, don't care - they want to pay their bills and get some food on the plate. That's how economy works. That's why finding someone local or learning the craft yourself are two options I've mentioned.

    Invest a couple of days into learning EQ and compression, you'll thank yourself as it will pay back really soon - still lots of people that don't know the basic stuff even though there's tons of learning resources around. You can then work for them to pay your own expenses. That's how it's supposed to work.
     
  20. Grok

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    For some countries, this is one month salary... :(

    For automated mastering with advanced algorithm, I can recommend you :
    https://www.maximalsound.com/
    This will be not "the absolute best" (which is great mastering engineers, sometime with "great studios" but this is no more mandatory, mastering technology made huge progresses these last decades for analysing and correcting what a mix needs), but it will be "the absolute not bad" ; and you can try with extracts before deciding and buying (cheap purchases).

    For the mixing needs, it may be useful to hear your music, to understand your needs (style...etc...). You could post some short meaningful extracts (one minute each, or more than that). Hoping your recorded multitracks are clean with no recording technical errors (and no declipping, denoising...etc... needs), and hoping the music is already absolutely correct (good timing, good implementation, no more music to do). IMO a best would be to work 32 bit float (32 bit float resulting tracks ; neither 16 bit nor 24 bit except if it is real instruments&voices mic recordings with no further processing, they can be 24 bit ; 64 bit float would be the "absolute best" but most of the time overkill ; 32 bit float is enough).
     
  21. GodHimSelf

    GodHimSelf Producer

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    Dude, p.m. me, I'm one of the ears that helped mastering the jazz album of this amazing community, we can arrange something that will help you.

    P.S.: I am from one of those EU low-income countries, I understand your pain.
     
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