General Audio Mastering

My mastering rates are based on the number of songs in your project. I charge $70 for the first song, $50/ea. for the next 3 songs, $40/ea. for the next 6 songs, and all additional songs are $30/ea. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see a rate table. These rates are not set in stone but they cover 95% of projects. When appropriate, alternate rates will be agreed upon before work begins. For exampe if you have a 7 song EP of 2 minute songs we might agree on a lower rate. These rates cover attended or un-attended sessions.

These rates include free mastering revisions - I won't stop working until you're happy. I'll make all audio adjustments required to make your music sound its best. You'll get a reference CD, mp3's or .wav files uploaded to my server for you to approve my masters. You'll also receive final delivery of masters in a duplication ready format: Red Book CD-R, DDP Image, vinyl-ready .wav, digital-ready .wav or mp3 files. If you decide to change your mix after hearing my master I may charge a small fee to re-do the master with the new mix.

Alternate takes (instrumentals, radio edits, etc.) are $10 per song when processed at the same time as the main versions. Tape layback mastering using the Studer A80 tape machine as part of the mastering process is an additional $10 per song. MFiT "Mastered for iTunes" versions are an additional $5 per song. Sky Onion is a certified MFiT provider. For $5 per song I can provide mix consulting and suggestions for making your mixes better before I get started with mastering.

Multiple Master Approach

I can master a song in multiple ways to help you decide which approach is best for your music. Each additional master will cost an extra $20. For example, one song mastered 2 ways will cost $90, and one song mastered 3 ways will cost $110. This is a good choice if you'd like to try a tape layback master as well as a non-tape master in order to choose the best sound for your album. Other options to explore include distorted versions, lo-fi, in-the-box, heavily compressed, extra dynamic, hyped, minimal, etc. If you have ideas you'd like to explore let me know what you're thinking and we can figure out a plan. If you try an all-digital in-the-box master and you like the sound of it sometimes I can offer this service at a significant discount. Contact me for details.

Master Lacquers for Vinyl:

  • 12" - $320 ($160/side). Up to 25 min per side (20 or less is better)
  • 10" - $280 ($140/side). Up to 16:30 min per side (13 or less is better)
  • 7" - $160 ($80/side). Up to 7 min per side (4:30 or less is better)
  • Plus shipping to the duplication plant of your choice ($20 to $40 for 2-day, $80 to $90 for 1-day)

Dubplates/Acetates/Reference lacquers:

  • 12" - $ email for availability (double-sided cut)
  • 10" - $ email for availability (double-sided cut)


1 $70 $70
2 $120 $50
3 $170
4 $220
5 $260 $40
6 $300
7 $340
8 $380
9 $420
10 $460
11 $490 $30
12 $520
13 $550
14 $580
15 $610
16 $640
17 $670
18 $700
19 $730
20 $760
21+ and all compilations regardless of song count please contact me for a quote.