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The average cost for professional mixing and mastering services varies from $150 to $700 per song to receive a good quality product. When working with top-producers, the pricing can get into the $1,000’s. But, with any other studio, you can still obtain a radio-worthy product with a budget of $200 per song.
That being said, many people tend to get mixing done and then get mastering done separately after their whole project is completed. This allows the audio engineer to achieve a more consistent sound across all of the tracks on a particular album or mixtape.
In this case, the average cost of expert mixing services would be about $100-$500 and the average cost of professional mastering can vary from $50 to $200 per song. Because it is less delicate work, and less time-consuming, you will find that mastering rates tend to be cheaper than mixing prices.
In this article, we’re going to give light to all the questions circling your mind in regards to the average cost of mixing and mastering services. First let us briefly dive into what mixing and mastering actually are.
What Is Mixing and Mastering?
When looking at mixing and mastering you have to look at them as a pair, one cannot be without the other or the sound of your track will be off. First comes mixing, then comes mastering.
In the mixing stage, the engineer focuses on each individual instrument in the song. He (or she) will add effects and adjustments where needed. The engineer will make sure that the overall volume of each instrument is proportionate to one another, this makes certain that the track will not ‘peak’ in volume compared to the others.
After mixing is complete, the mastering engineer will take over. Instead of focusing on individual instruments, the engineer will add effects and adjustments to the recording as a whole. In other words, he (or she) is applying effects to everything in the mix at the same time. Mastering makes sure that the song matches the other tracks in overall volume and frequency.
Once the mixing and mastering are finished, the engineers will deliver you a high-clarity, professional, and consistent track that is ready for any listening platform.
Mixing and Mastering Pricing Factors
Finding out average costs and researching pricing for mixing and mastering can be a tricky quest. That’s because when mixing and mastering a song, many factors go into play that makes it hard to know what the exact rate is going to be.
One of those factors is the complexity of the song. The more complex it is with instrumentation, density, and changes, the longer it will take for the engineer to perfect the sound. The more simple the song, the faster it will be done.
When it comes to professional engineers mixing your song, they should be able to get it done within a matter of hours. That being said, a mix can take anywhere from 2 to 8 hours (per song) to be finished and passed on to the mastering engineer.
Mastering is not as time-consuming, and the engineer should be able to finish with the song in a lesser amount of time. While mastering can be done in stereos and stems, we prefer to master your song in stems. Stereo can be much quicker, but we find that the product is not as well finished as it could be, as it is with stems.
Stems are the proffered method of mastering because, although more time-consuming, the results tend to be a better product for the client.
For those auditory learners out there, check out this YouTube video that clearly explains everything you need to know about mixing and mastering costs, as well as recording prices.
Our Mixing and Mastering Prices
At Range Of Sounds, you can be confident in our ability to provide you with the highest quality, professional, and reliable mixing and mastering services. For an affordable price you can turn your tracks into radio-worthy hits in no time. We offer three main services; mastering only, full package, and custom.
Our mastering service costs $60 per song. The benefits in this service include analog equipment, HQ audio file, and unlimited revisions. Only one song is available with this package at a time, and mixing is not included with this service.
Our full package deal, which includes mastering and mixing, costs $120 per song. Analog equipment, HQ audio file, and unlimited revisions are also incorporated with this package.
For custom projects, please contact us via email or phone to get a quote! If you have a project that involves multiple songs or a full album, we’ll provide a custom deal depending on your needs.
What To Do Now
If you’re interested in learning more about our mixing and mastering services, send us a custom quote request and one of our experts will get back to you with a quote and project scope soon.
If you choose to use us, we will send you with a PayPal invoice and ask you to send over the audio stems file, goals for the track and/or any specific requests, a link to a reference track that you would like your song to sound similar to, and any other recourses for us to get started mastering (and/or mixing) your hip hop, EDM, or other music tracks.
The audio stem file should preferably be in a lossless file format and labeled. If you are unable to send a WAV or AIFF format file, no worries; just send the best sound quality you have, and we will do our best to mix and master it.
That’s All Friends!
We hope we’ve helped clear the air on some mixing and mastering confusion and can’t wait to work with you and hear your unique songs. We pride ourselves on our ability to work with a multitude of musicians and give them the specific sound they’re looking for in their tracks.