Mastering is the final step in sonically enhancing and processing audio. This can include techniques such as EQing, Compression, Limiting and fixing minor pops and glitches, as well as error checking and presenting audio in its final form. It is the process of optimising audio, before preparing and transferring recorded audio to a data storage device (the master); the source from which all copies will be produced (via methods such as pressing, duplication, replication or distribution, either digitally or physically).

Mastering is our most popular service at Glowcast Audio. Mastering with Glowcast Audio costs 54€ per track (Ex VAT where applicable).

If your project requires being burnt to CD including ISRC codes, and CD text etc for CD duplication, this costs an extra 20€.

DDP files are included in orders of over 10 tracks if required.

Stem Mastering is similar to mastering, and the end goal is the same: to sonically enhance your track and get the best out of the audio before preparing and transferring recorded audio to a data storage device (the master).

The difference is that some producers prefer to send me their track divided into stems: for example, all of the drums grouped together on one stem, and all of the synths grouped together on another stem.

Not to be confused with mixing, as the producer will have mixed everything to the best of their ability before sending over these stems, sometimes this can be just what is needed to fix any issues that may stand between me and a great sounding master: if I have access to the track in its parts then I have more flexibility and therefore, choices, when it comes to mastering your music, which can lead to an even more precise and sonically pleasing final master. This costs 84€ for 2-4 stems, and 109€ for 5-8 stems (Ex VAT where applicable)

While the Glowcast Audio studio mostly focuses on mastering, I also spend a lot of time mixing tracks for clients. I offer either attended sessions if you can make it to my studio in Berlin, Germany, and also online mixing for clients via the internet.

This costs 270€ per song (Ex VAT where applicable), but it is also open to discounts if you send me more than one track at a time.

Conor Dalton is available to give extensive training on audio mastering to classes of up to 10 people. With experience in teaching at Berklee College of Music (Valencia, Spain), dBs Music School (Berlin, Germany) and Shoogle Studios (Glasgow, Scotland). Courses could be intensive weekend crash courses or shorter guest lecturing. Please get in touch to discuss further details.
Would you like to learn more about mastering? Would you like to take your mastering skills to the next level? I am offering mastering workshops from the Glowcast Audio studios in Berlin either for single students or small classes of 2 or 3 individuals. This guarantees you hands on dedicated and intensive training. Please get in touch for more information.