Summit Mastering Services
Dave Daw is chief mastering engineer at Summit Sound Inc.


Mastering Fees

MASTERING DESCRIPTION:dave

There is little doubt that most audio masters will benefit greatly from professional mastering.

Upon request, Summit Sound will provide a free consultation service for your master, and can recommend the proper mastering services, along with cost estimates, to ensure a professional finished product.
 
Digital mastering in it's most basic form, is the step in manufacturing following mix-down, where this information is re-loaded into a digital workstation and a master "red book compatible" CDR (or DDP master) is created, including the "P&Q" codes a CD player uses to identify selections, mutes and item timing, as well as embedded CD-text, ISRC codes and other required meta-data.

More advanced mastering can be a complex process involving additional frequency selective compression, EQ-ing, noise reduction, stereo enhancement, complex editing, and overall loudness enhancement. Mastering is typically used to match sounds or levels between tracks, or even to alter the over-all sonic content of the entire master.

The experience of Summit owner/engineer Dave Daw, who has mixed more than 2000 album projects over the past 42 years places him in a unique position as a mastering engineer - experience that is seldom matched by many others who claim to offer similar services. Dave utilizes a variety of both vintage analogue, and cutting edge digital, equipment in the mastering suite at Summit Sound Inc..
 
FORMATS:
Summit Sound is able to accept your original audio master in most popular formats. Recordable 16 or 24 bit audio CDR is probably the simplest and best way to supply your master, however, we can accept your master on DAT, traditional 1/4" - 15 ips analogue reels - or you can also upload your files to our FTP site or via services such as Drop-Box etc..

NOTE: Large file downloads and/or all supplied master formats (other than CDR) that require download or conversion by Summit Sound may incur extra costs. 

Beware: not everyone with a computer, a BIG hard drive, and a CD burner is a mastering engineer... (we commonly see serious damage done to perfectly good masters by people who don't know what they are doing).

Even the basics like proper P&Q codes embedded CD text, ISRC codes and a printed log sheet are essential for track identification etc., so if you don't really understand how to get these, it may be wise to leave this job for the mastering engineer at Summit Sound.



Summit CD Mastering Packages
Customized Professional Mastering Services at Summit Sound are biiiled by the song, plus master & client reference CDRs @ $10.. All packages include printed log sheet with P&Q codes, embedded CD text & ISRC Codes (if applicable).

Gold or Platinum Mastering Packages at 1/2 price with CD orders of 500 or more. If additional time is required for further revisions after initial mastering is completed this is billed at $100./hr.

Silver Package 1
Mastering - general clean-up, compression all tracks get same treatment
Package Price with reference CD for client approval................................. $30./song 

Gold Package 2
Mastering - clean-up, individual track compression and EQ
Package Price with reference CD for client approval................................. $50./song 

Platinum Package 3
Mastering - clean-up, advanced individual track adjustmentm compression and EQ
Package Price with reference CD for client approval ................................ $70./song


Summit Sound provides a free consultation service on your master, and can recommend the proper mastering services, along with cost estimates, to ensure a professional finished product.

If you have any questions call us toll free at 1 800 403-9755 or e-mail to: info@summitsound.com
Summit Sound Inc, 184 McAndrews Rd. POB 333, Westport, ON K0G 1X0.