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My rates are low at Safe&Sound Mastering, currently £33.00 for a single track and £210.00 for an album. I know you can pay €130 for a single track. Is this better than my mastering which is at a much lower price point? (and for some, perceptibly understated) I am fairly sure that there are those who see my low rate and continue with high price mastering. Thinking that the rate is too low, reconsider for a moment. Price perception is an interesting aspect relating to a professional service. There is only one way to find out as fact, try me, knowledge is a good thing.

I wanted to pose a question to those who are paying high prices for mastering. If you can afford €130 for mastering you can probably also afford £33.00 to find out if your high price mastering engineer is offering significantly more than I can. They should be for that significant premium. (or am I producing better end results than the expensive mastering ? Interesting question.). It is not a hard and fast “You get what you pay for.” rule with mastering.

This is worth finding out

If I was paying for high cost mastering I would just have to find out. This is not about having a direspectful attitude towards high cost mastering engineers. They are 100pct free to charge you what they wish or need to. What it is about, is you knowing for sure. Keeping it short and sweet, for some my low rates may understate the high quality end result.

I have 12 years experience solely mastering all genres every day. 10 years prior professional full time studio audio engineer experience, high end equipment, fully treated room, I have worked with world class artists and have top end monitoring (PMC IB1S large 3 way monitors – Crane Song Quantum DAC and Hypex amps – analogue rack). Precisely the same as mastering studios who want to charge you between €70 and €130 per track. (and in many cases my experience goes far beyond)


I thought so…..the core information I require is if you need a streaming master or a very loud master for a few specific dance music genres. (or both for small extra fee £18.00 for secondary master) I am happy to proceed with or without a reference when working with new clients after some effective and precise email dialogue. Always consider when comparing masters that they should be volume matched by ear in a DAW otherwise you just prefer the louder one. Along with issues of pitch, perceived volume is what the human ear hears first.

Here you can get a clear understanding that I know what I am talking about, with my in depth technical blog articles. I don’t just talk the talk, I do.

You can also view multiple videos site wide with myself talking in the studio, I invite you to check them out. (There is one at the bottom of this page)

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In short, 21 years full time professional audio engineering career, 11 solely dedicated to mastering (not just as a “bolt on money spinner” secondary service to mixing. I specialize )

So there is only one way to find out if I can match or exceed expensive mastering services and that is to try mastering a track with me. This may well be the most financially illuminating read you have made in a while. If you produce 6 tracks a year you might save €500.. if you make an album a year, even more. At the very least you will be truly informed and not second guessing if the results the expensive mastering gives really are the best available.

I will also make mention of my popular stem mastering service which allows a more targetted mastering approach (8 stems permitted) for £49.00 full details of which are available on this page:

You can make a payment via paypal on this page in the link below. Thanks for reading, your time and consideration. (Please send tracks using wetransfer and my email is : safeandsound123 at

I require 24 bit depth, non limited and non clipped mixes, .wav is the ideal file format at the sample rate of your DAW mix project/session. Headroom below 0dBFS is not critical as long as they are not clipped. I look forwards to working with you and your music.

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