Mastering

Demystified
Here at Spice House Sound we believe mastering should be straightforward and simple. Your master will sound like the mix you already love with a tad of magic sprinkled on it. Every master we work on is considered as a unique and individual work and a unique equipment chain will be devised to optimize it. You will receive a master of reasonable loudness that is sensitively optimized for your genre and all playback and storage formats, especially streaming.


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  • japanese breakfast
  • Dr. Dog


What is Mastering?
Modern mastering consists of putting the last layer of polish on a mix, deciding the pace of the album, and optimizing the files for correct playback from all formats and for all playback systems. It also serves as a final check to make sure there aren’t any technical issues missed in mixing.

What will I get back?
Streaming-optimized CD quality masters come standard. If you need DDP, Vinyl, instrumental versions, or 24-bit Apple Digital Masters please let us know.
What do you need from me?
1. A 24-bit or greater .wav file in whatever sample rate you recorded at, with at least 1dB of headroom 2. Full payment through Venmo, Paypal, Cash App, Cash, or Check. 3. The track order and any notes about the songs. Detailed notes are welcome! After all that is set, we’re off to the races.

Technical Questions

What should I name my .wav file? What about tagging?
Nowadays that’s done in Distribution. We live in a glorious post-CD world where distribution companies like Distrokid, Tunecore, and more will put in your music on a hundred sources at once. It’s their job to make sure all the titles, accreditations, track order, and more all show up correctly on every platform and in every file type.
What are Apple Digital Masters (ADM) and why do I want it?
Apple digital Masters, previously known as Mastered for iTunes, is a fantastic future-proofing mastering standard pioneered by Apple to ensure all music is archived at maximum quality. It also is designed that your music will play through internet radio and lossy formats without clipping. MFiT certified masters also get preferential placement in the iTunes store. Alex Santilli is an Apple Certified mastering engineer and all music mastered here will benefit from the technical advances of ADM, but only 24-bit ADM masters are ADM certified.
Doesn’t every song need to as loud as possible?
Thankfully, the loudness wars are over. Every internet and terrestrial radio will make sure all songs are played back at the same loudness regardless of how ‘loud’ it is mastered. Making songs too loud will only ensure that they don’t ‘hit’ when being played on radio. A master of reasonable loudness will sound better on radio than a loud master.

Rates

our pricelist

Base Rate

$60/Song
  • Apple Certified Mastering Engineer
  • Mastered by Alex Santilli

Extras

$10/Song
  • Instrumental Versions
  • Vinyl Bounces
  • DDP Image
  • Certified Apple Digital Masters

Mastering Clients

selected discography
Flyermile

Rush Week

Dr. Dog

N.ave

Ben the Brontosaurus

Arrah and the Ferns

John Byrne Band

Dec 4

The Retinas

Micheal Johnson

Jamison

Zombieshark

The Cold Seas

Hundreds Thousands

NTFRMHRE

BACKHOUSE

Kate Faust

Little Big League

Violet Phase

Among Criminals

Dinosoul

Nur Ali

Starterjacket

Janine Diaz Whitt

Japanese Breakfast

Bodyguard

Ellis Redon

HEARKEN

KORINE

Foxtrot and The Getdown

Bree and the Reeds

Wadud Ahmad

DERIDER

Mikey Cake

Japanese Breakfast

Needlefish

Kristen Blum

Mic Stew

All Systems Go

Cigarettes for Breakfast

Canyon

Canyon Ride

Sonni Shine

Stippling

Lovecartel

Night Bloom

Zinske

Out of Town Films

Stereo League

Kirby Sybert

King Slugger

Tektonic

Jackson Howard

Robot Music

Triptych

Austin Edward

Aphra

Buddy Roc

Cape Wrath

Door open door close

Golden Ages

S.L.A.M.

Conversations with Enemies

The Rock Bottoms

Dream Safari

 

 

Email us to talk about your project

Alex@SpiceHouseSound.com
  • 100% deposit due for mixing and mastering projects
  • We accept Cash, Check, Venmo, Paypal, Cash App, BTC, and Bank Wire

Phone: (203) 644-2129
1514 E Wilt St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Booking@SpiceHouseSound.com