Album mastering

Welcome to SafeandSound Mastering, Album mastering = £210.00 (up to 12 tracks)

If you are looking for an experienced mastering engineer for your album mastering you have found the right service. An album release is a big project for any musical artist or label and our album mastering rates are highly competitive. I can get your music sounding as good as possible and add value to your album mastering project.

Studio operating as per normal with regards to Coronoa Virus

  1. 10 years pro sound engineering, + 10 years full time mastering engineer.
  2. Fully treated room, linear low end response.
  3. Specialized mastering studio, no mixing. (specialist album mastering)
  4. Dedicated equipment for mastering (PMC IB1S, Manley, Summit, Crane Song, Mytek etc.)


What I can offer

Your album will be mastered by Barry Gardner (sole engineer) at a very reasonable rate. If you think this is surprisingly low rate, try me, you are going to be very pleasantly surprised. I am proud of my work ethic and the equipment used in the studio and therefore I am pleased to show it on the website.

A short video on album mastering :

In this video Barry Gardner talks about your album mastering at SafeandSound mastering. (Play the video then select 720p with the Youtube cog wheel for better quality)

Album mastering prices :

Up to 12 tracks : £210.00 (no VAT is added)

DDPi file set £ 30.00 (with DDP client player so you can hear the DDP in your studio using any mac or PC computer) or CD-R masters created using Taiyo Yuden CD-R, PLEXTOR professional burner, error tested using Plextools Professional software and manually listened to by myself before dispatch.

album mastering equipment

What is involved in mastering an album of music ?

Mastering engineer Barry Gardner has 20 years professional audio engineering experience and has worked with some of the industries most well known musicians. Working in the mastering profession for 12 years he has mastered hundreds of albums and EP’s for independent musicians and record labels, therefore your music is in safe hands.

Mastering an album includes, correcting and enhancing the tonal balance of tracks in their own right and with reference to the tracks appearing on the album in specific sequence, volume adjustments, increasing the overall perceived volume. In addition, applying musically sympathetic spacing/gapping, fades (if not already chosen at the mix stage), choosing musically sympathetic relative volumes between tracks. Furthermore, applying quality control to ensure clicks, glitches, vocals pops, bad editing and other extraneous noises are not heard on the final released recordings. Therefore, being equipped with high end analogue equipment means we can add a superior finish to your tracks.

album mastering rates varis

I can prepare DDPi with MD5 check sum or Red Book CD-R or simply produce broadcast .wav files for delivery. Not to mention, CD-R’s are sent to yourself by Special Delivery to ensure security in transit. As a matter of fact DDP is most commonly accepted in 2021.

Specifically, please check out the clients that I have worked with and check my professional engineering background and experience:

Clients list and testimonials

The mastering studio is equipped with the finest analogue equipment, in detail:

MANLEY Massive Passive equalizer

PMC IB1S – large scale reference speakers with Hypex Class D amplification.

Crane Song Solaris quantum DAC – Benchmark Media DAC1 HD-R / MYTEK ADC

Summit Audio DCL-200 valve compressor

HCL VARiS Vari mu compressor (valve)

Sontec custom mastering equalizer clone.

Moreover, I use only the finest ear selected digital tools in conjunction with analogue equipment. Using SADiE, Nuendo, Plextor tools on a high end custom built Intel i7 PC. I have a wide range of plug in software from all of the major developers. Therefore, I am seriously equipped to enhance, correct and quality control your album before release for either digitally distributed audio files or on physical CD. The studio is fully acoustically treated for the most accurate of monitoring environments.

How do I proceed with mastering my album ?

Surely, you can get in contact with Barry Gardner to discuss your album mastering project on 07810271371 or via email at (at being @ with no gaps)

In addition, though we offer unattended album mastering rates I like to speak to album clients and it also reassures that the engineer is both professional and available to answer your queries. However, I nonetheless request reiteration of discussed detail in an email.

Send your 24 bit non clipped, non limited album tracks using

Please read the FAQ page as it has a wealth of information on how to prepare your files for your album mastering and reduce and avoidable delays.

Please click the link below:

Mastering frequently asked questions