Mastering is an important step in the process of producing music. During mastering, an audio engineer will put the final touches on a song and prepare it to be released to the world to be heard by audiences all over. An audio engineer that has been hired to master a song will adjust all of the elements of a song so that it can be heard as a cohesive, complete whole on any device that plays music. Despite the importance of mastering in the music production process, many new musicians often wonder how much it will cost them to master their song and whether mastering will fit their budget. This post will explain why mastering is so crucial to the production of good music, how much you can expect to pay for music mastering services, and what Los Angeles music promotion agency Planetary Group can do to share your music once you’ve finished mastering it.
The Cost of Mastering a Song
Musicians have a few options when it comes to mastering their songs, and all of them vary in cost. One way to have songs mastered masterfully is to hire an audio engineer to put the finishing touches on your songs.
The cost of hiring an audio engineer for this will vary based on the quality of the mixing of the song, which was done before mastering. (Many audio engineers will mix and master at the same time, though, so it’s likely that the mixing will be done by the same person that does the mastering.) The cost will also often depend on the complexity of the song that you are trying to create.
The biggest determining factor in the cost of having your song mastered is the skill and expertise of the audio engineer. A person that is relatively new to the industry may charge a few hundred dollars to mix a song, while engineers with major accolades will likely charge a few thousand dollars to master a song.
When you are deciding on an audio engineer to hire to master your music, you should keep certain things in mind. Make sure that you choose an engineer who understands the style of music that you make or who is well-acquainted with your genre. You should also make sure to listen to the music that they’ve mastered in the past to make sure that they’re capable of helping you create the sound that you’ve envisioned. Most importantly, make sure that the rate that they ask to be paid is in accordance with your band’s budget.
Another way to have a song mastered is to send it to a studio. You’ll be able to upload your song and an engineer will master the song according to a package that you’ve chosen. This usually costs between $50 and $200, depending on the extensiveness of the mastering package you’ve chosen. While this option is cheaper than hiring an audio engineer, it is less personal and may result in a final product that isn’t aligned with what you had originally intended.
It’s also possible for musicians to master songs themselves. Doing so will require building a home recording studio, which will cost more than paying someone else to master each song. Building a home studio may be a worthwhile investment for bands that want maximum control over how their music sounds.
The Difference Between Mastering and Mixing
Both mixing and mastering are steps that must be completed before a song can be shared with audiences. It’s important for musicians to understand the role that both mixing and mastering play in the production of a great song. Mixing, on the one hand, entails combining various audio tracks to make one cohesive song. Mastering, on the other hand, involves putting the finishing touches on a song and preparing it to be played on various devices.
Mastering can be done to individual tracks, but it can also be done to entire albums to ensure that there is a consistent sound and volume. Many engineers charge for an entire album or provide a discount for mastering multiple songs at once. While mastering an entire album, engineers may also put fades on the beginning and ends of songs so that they can be played in order smoothly.
Another crucial aspect of mastering is compressing the song files so that they can be played on different media and devices, such as the radio, streaming services such as Spotify, mp3 players, and others. During compression, ratios are adjusted, the files are moved from mono to stereo, and metadata is added to the song. Song mastering is also a form of quality control; it offers a last chance to fix any errors or imperfections before the song is considered complete.
Music Promotion Agency Serving Los Angeles Bands and Musicians
Musicians who are committed to creating relatable music that is enjoyable for listeners should recognize how important it is to master their songs. When songs are completed, Planetary Group is available to help musicians share their work with the rest of the world. To hear more about the full array of public relations services that Los Angeles music promotion agency Planetary Group can offer to musicians, call (323) 952-5050 today.