At 3/31/15 05:38 PM, MetalRenard wrote:
At 3/31/15 04:40 PM, TheBetterAudioPortal wrote:
Master thisPlease don't take his post seriously.
ANYWAY. Any idea how much you'd charge (per song/per album with 10-12 songs) and which genres you specialise in? I have an album project in mind and might consider hiring someone to master it. It would be a blend of world music and heavy metal (yep).
Hehe, well maybe if he's paying, though I can imagine it being a subjective nightmare, sooo maybe I'll pass XD
Genres-wise, I specialise in music with a rock band type arrangement (so: rock, punk, metal, some hiphop etc...), acoustic music, and most but not all types of orchestral/cinematic and electronic. Basically what I listen to a lot of. I don't have much experience with modern Hiphop, R'n'B, jazz or experimental/noise music (or grindcore....), though I'm up for giving it a go. The world music vs heavy metal sounds awesome! Have you heard of a band called Ill Niño? They're kinda latin vs metal!
Prices-wise, it's not a clear-cut answer, but ideally you're looking at ~$50/£35 per track based on a 5 minute length. That'd give you a commercial CD quality master 16bit/44.1kHz WAV (Ready for CD formatting), a non-dithered higher quality file for your own records and digital encoding, and revisions until you're satisfied with the end result (within reason of course). Please note: I don't do specific medium formatting (like CD text writing, or physical burning/pressing), but if you let me know you're goals for release (CD, vinyl, i-tunes), I can try to cater for them. Of course, if the track is only 2 minutes long, I'd be happy to shave off some of the cost, and likewise i'd charge more if it's a longer track. For that reason it's difficult to give a definite cost for an album without knowing all the details, but I'd be happy giving a good discount if you're having multiple tracks done.
The general way I work is to get the client to send over an uncompressed stereo mixdown and a CD quality file of some reference material which they'd like to aim for sonically. I'll then do a 30 second mastered clip to make sure the client is happy with my style (revisions as necessary). Then I'll give a rough turnaround time (if they want it super fast, then I'll add rush charges), and if the client is happy for me to proceed, we'll sort out payment and contracts (basic stuff). Then I'll master, there'll be more rounds of revisions as necessary, then delivery, and final payments if not already sent.
Contracts-wise, it's just basic stuff: what my specific task is, how much we agree on paying and when (I'll always ask for a minimum 50% up front after the 30 second demo stages) etc... I'll also ask that I be credited as the mastering engineer in the album credits (on sleeve or in album download/streaming description etc...) and ask whether and how you'd be happy for me to use your music in my public portfolio and/or to demonstrate my skills to potential future clients. No soul signing, just pretty reasonable stuff. No physical signing would be necessary either. They always end in: "Opening / use of this product constitutes your acceptance of these terms." so once we've agreed on the contract them, I'll be free to start.
Hope that answers any questions you have but feel reply here or DM me if you need any more info.
At 3/31/15 09:13 PM, DavidOrr wrote:
Thanks for sharing your services! I'm on my laptop now so I can't listen to your demos, but do you have an A/B comparisons on your website? I didn't see any, and it would be great to hear the pre-master as well as the master so we can get a better sense of what you're doing.
Aha! Very good point there and thanks for taking an interest. You're right there aren't any A/Bs on the website, but I should make a demo reel certainly. I've buzzed some past (but recent) clients for permissions etc... so if they're quick to reply, I'll try and get a demo reel up here by the end of the week. (I knew some of the clients locally, so we didn't bother with formal contracts, but ever since, I've very much regretted not having it in writing... Always good to have contracts!) Many thanks for your patience.