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This overview will help to estimate the cost of mastering your project based on the duration of submitted material. Since each project is unique you should always contact me for an individual quote.

In case your album comprises more than 15, probably rather short tracks and extra fee may apply while an album with a rather long duration composed from 3, 4 tracks may see a deduction.

Charges for Stereo Mastering

Single
€60 per track / up to 2 songs under 5 minutes each

Album and EP
€10 per minute of audio

The master comprises a sequenced playlist with adjusted volume relations, elaborated fade I/Os and spacings between tracks to guarantee a perfect flow of your work.

A master is delivered as an FTP upload of full resolution .AIFF / .WAV files for vinyl, cassette and digital distribution. In case your work will be released on CD, a ready for production DDP 2.0 image is included with the aforementioned rates.

Mastered for iTunes Version
Studio Schwebung is certified by Apple for mastering expressly for distribution by iTunes.

Rates for Stem Mastering and Analog Summing or dedicated alternative versions for different formats will be discussed in advance. As a rule of thumb, stems are billed at €8 per minute of audio while the costs for the mixdown are depending on the complexity of a project. I’m offering high end analog summing of up to 16 tracks.

Restoration
Rates for high quality transfer and restoration of historical vinyl (33, 45, 78rpm), cassette tapes and 1/2 or 1/4″ reels are largely depending on the condition of the originals. Please contact me for an individual estimate.

Attended Mastering is possible in my studio in Bonn, Germany at no additional costs.

Turnaround time depending on the scale of your project is between 1-5 days after a session has started.  Please make sure you will have the time to check the files I will send you. In order to work efficiently it is important to receive your feedback within 24 hours.  

You will first receive a proposal for a master of one track of my choice so you can see whether things move in the right direction.

I do not charge you for every extra minute of work on your material or for communication time and I’m always happy to provide advice on how to archive a better mix. However, there are certain cases such as excessive reworking of a master that may raise your costs. I will inform you about this in advance.

In case you will submit a new mix for an already mastered piece, this will be charged as a new track.

Payment
As a new client I will ask you for an advance payment. In any case, a master is only finished once you are 100% happy with the results. Payments can be made via Paypal, Stripe, by bank transfer or credit card.

Returning clients will receive an invoice once a master has been fully approved. Since you will receive the finished master before the invoice I’m asking for a payment within 2 days after billing.

 Please make sure your payment covers all fees so the billed amount will arrive in my account.  

As a small business I currently don’t charge VAT.

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