I perform analog mastering services at very fair price without sacrificing the quality in the process or the equipment, the result is a great sounding master full of life with sweet top, round bottom and very warm mids, the volume is your choice, I personally prefer just loud enough volume to let your project breathe comfortable but I can give you “Loud as hell” if you want…

Talk to me about your format needs before the mastering process since it may change depending on the format or formats you need, you may need masters for digital stores or perhaps you want to be the loudest kid in the block, maybe you’ll also need masters for vinyl album, those are very important decisions you have to take before the mastering begins.

E-mail me you material through DropBox, Wetransfer, Yousendit, etc. and I will send you back the mastered reference for you to listen to my work, either you find that you need some change on my part or some change to the mix on your side, after that, the process may repeat, when ready, I will create the required master formats and will send you a link with the masters.

I don’t require money until the masters are ready, I’ll be sending unsigned aac files for references (iTunes) but if you want to hear hi fi references you have to pay in advance, there’s a slight difference in sound between aac and wav files.

If you don’t have ways to send large files through internet, ask me and I will give you a personalized DropBox link for you to upload your files.

Equipment list:

  • Fairchild 670 stereo custom mastering grade compressor (my own build)
  • Dual LA2a stereo custom mastering grade compressor (my own build)
  • Manley MU stereo mastering compressor with T-Bar mod, mid/side mod and custom Hi Pass filter
  • Maselec MLA-3 stereo mastering grade multiband compressor
  • Neve 1084 stereo custom mastering grade Eq (my own build)
  • Manley Massive Passive stereo mastering Eq
  • Weiss EQ1-MK2 Digital stereo mastering Eq with the linear phase mode (EQ1-LP) and the dynamic Eq mode (EQ1-DYN)
  • ATR 100 1/2″ 2-track tape machine
  • Linx Hilo A/D D/A converter
  • Mytek Studio clock 192CX
  • Antelope Audio Isochrone Trinity 384 kHz HD Master Clock
  • TC Electronics Mastering 6000
  • Dorrough Model 40-A Loudness monitor
  • B&W 800 D Series speakers
  • The mastering Lab 10 Golden speakers
  • Etc.
my left rack

The INDI Plan

This plan cost is $ 52.50 per song and includes:

  • Three recalls or changes to the mastering (on your side or mine)
  • Wav 16 bit 44100 Hz master per song (your choice of regular wav or wav for media stores).
  • AAC 256 kbps VBR master per song.

The price is per material under 6 minutes, if the song is 6 minutes or longer will add $ 10.00 per each extra minute.

Read below for information on the uses of the different audio formats.

The VIP plan

This plan cost is $ 105.00 per song and includes:

  • All the necessary recalls or changes to the mastering (on your side or mine) to get your project where you want it to be.
  • Wav 16 bit 44100 Hz master per song.
  • Wav 16 bit 44100 Hz master for media stores per song
  • Wav 24 bit 96000 Hz master for HiFi media stores per song.
  • Wav 24 bit 96000 Hz master for Apple’s iTunes plus per song.
  • Wav 24 bit 48000 Hz master for video applications per song.
  • MP3 320 kbps variable rate per song.
  • AAC 256 kbps VBR master per song.

The price is per material under 6 minutes, if the song is 6 minutes or longer will add $ 10.00 per each extra minute.

Read below for information on the uses of the different audio formats.

Mastering for vinyl record

This option is especially crafted for vinyl record production, is a different mastering process than the one for digital media where the analog vibe is essential and with all those technical specialities that makes vinyl premastering unique and hard to achieve.

The price for this option is $ 105.00 per song under 6 minutes, if the song is 6 minutes or longer will add $ 10.00 per each extra minute, I will deliver wav 24 bit 96 kHz files ready to be sent to the record factory.

This option can be also used for Cassette production (do you remember those?).

DDP master for Audio CD replication

This option is an extra option for the INDI or VIP plans, it is a special master used by the Audio CD replication factories and includes:

  • A zip file with the suffix _DDP, this is to be sent to the replication factory, send it as zip file just as I sent it to you, this is important.
  • A zip file with the suffix _DDP Player, this  is a customized player app for you to listen and “burn” CDRs in your computer (Mac or PC), unzip this file, inside the unzipped folder you will find more detailed indications on how to use this app.
  • Encoding of the metadata for the CD-Text (ISRC codes, etc)

The price for this option is $ 78.50 per album.

I you just need the DDP option without my mastering services you have to send me your own audio masters at 16 bit 44.1 kHz and the metadata information.

Note: you have to provide your own ISRC codes, I don’t sell these.

Audio formats

These are some of the audio formats available, I use the most advanced and accurate audio converters to ensure that you will receive the best possible audio master and of course I will take care that they will sound great in the media in which said master is going to be used, I have experimented a lot finding the best combination of parameters to make your song perceived less crunchier and squashed after the digital provider’s encoding process (scuse my technical terms).

Please contact me if you need some other audio formats non mentioned here, I can give you the best quality conversion and the knowhow on almost any audio format.

There is a fee of $ 10.00 per song per extra format outside of those offered in the INDI and VIP plans.

Mastered for iTunes official provider
  • (wav 24bit 96kHz HiFi): This are the original master files from where I create other formats, these can be used for HiFi Virtual Stores, etc.
  • (wav 24bit 96kHz MfiT): I’m an official Apple’s Mastered for iTunes provider (Mfit), if you going to send your masters directly to Apple iTunes plus for publication, you will have to provide Britannia Road Studio as the mastering studio’s name and marco@elpapadelcrio.com as email identification, also, you’ll need to provide these files.
  • (wav 24bit 48kHz Video): This format can be used for video purposes.
  • (wav 16bit 44100Hz): This format can be used as a regular wav, they’re are not created specifically for digital stores but you can upload them if you decide to.
  • (wav 16bit 44100Hz for Digital Stores): If you going to publish your project through Tunecore, CD Baby, etc. use this format, they are created specifically to sound better in the modern digital world.
  • (MP3 320kbps VR): These files are mp3 encoded, they can be used for emails, radio play, streaming etc., they not include metadata, but I can offer you the encoding metadata service.
  • (AAC 256 kbps VBR) The files are iTunes plus encoded, they can be used for emails, radio play, streaming etc., they not include metadata, but I can offer you the encoding metadata service.