General Audio Mastering

My mastering rates are based on the number of songs in your project. I charge $60 for the first song, $50/ea. for the next 2 songs, $40/ea. for the next 5 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 $80, and one song mastered 3 ways will cost $100. 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" - $290 ($145/side). Up to 25 min per side (20 or less is better)
  • 10" - $250 ($125/side). Up to 16:30 min per side (13 or less is better)
  • 7" - $120 ($60/side). Up to 7 min per side (4:30 or less is better)
  • Plus shipping to the duplication plant of your choice (usually $13 to $40)

Dubplates/Acetates/Reference lacquers:

  • 12" - $60 (double-sided cut)
  • 10" - $40 (double-sided cut)


1 $60 $60
2 $110 $50
3 $160
4 $200 $40
5 $240
6 $280
7 $320
8 $360
9 $390 $30
10 $420
11 $450
12 $480
13 $510
14 $540
15 $570
16 $600
17 $630
18 $660
19 $690
20 $720
21+ and all compilations regardless of song count please contact me for a quote.