Audio Mastering Engineer for hire! 2015-03-31 12:07:25
Hello fellow Newgrounders,
I've been doing audio work for a few years now, and thought I'd extend my services to the Newgrounds community. I mainly work on Animation Post production (A recent example being for: "Tales of Zale" by Hikarian), but this post is about Audio Mastering (directed mainly at songs/music, but the info is also relevant to animations).
For those who are unfamiliar with the term, mastering (in short) refers to the final processing on audio before it goes out into the world, and is the process which generally separates a lot demo sounding songs from radio/pro quality songs. The job of a mastering engineer is to make sure the tracks sound the best they can be before distribution, are in line with industry standards and in the case of albums/EPs that all tracks are consistent with each other in terms of quality, by adding one final pass of processing to the mixes. As you can probably appreciate, mastering is a big responsibility. Of course mastering is not a substitute for a good mix, and not everything can be "fixed" simply by mastering. It can however take a good mix and make it sound awesome!
Why hire a mastering engineer? There are many reasons why you might want to hire one. Examples include not being comfortable with mastering yourself. Mastering can be a difficult task, and done incorrectly can do more damage than good to a song. Another reason is that it allows another person to listen to the song and make adjustments which you may not be able to hear, whether due to equipment or because you've already put countless hours into a project and lost perspective.
If you'd like any advise on mastering, or would like to hire me to master your songs / Albums, please send me a direct message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. You can listen to examples of my mastering work on my website, the most recent album of which is "From The Ground UP" by Lights, Camera, Attraction!, which I also mixed. I can also master a short section of audio for you personally if you'd like a personal sample of my work (free of charge). Feel free to buzz me about animation mastering and post-production too.
Thanks for reading and feel free to post questions and feedback below. I look forward to working with you!