Rates & Terms of Service
Sound Affair offers a wide range of options and services such as mastering for vinyl, CD, iTunes, lacquer disk cutting, tape layback, attended or unattended sessions, audio restoration, tape transfers etc. We know your project has specific needs and requirements and welcome you to contact us by phone, email or fill out the Request a Quote form here... This way we can offer you a rate based on your particular needs in the most cost efficient way.
Session time will be billed by the hour.
Alternatively, you may use our FTP on-line mastering service. [Upload here...]
Completion of your project is estimated at 3-6 days following the receipt of your material and deposit.
Mastering For Compact Disc, iTunes & Digital Download
Rates will include include: CD text and ISRC number encoding. One production master CD and one reference CD for approval of mastering,
or one encoded master file for iTunes and digital download.
$20 each for additional production master.
$5 each for any additional reference CDs.
Alternate versions of any track mastered within the same session such as an extended or alternate version, instrumental, or performance tracks must be delivered at the same time as the main version.
Revisions & Changes
Lacquer Disk Cutting
Lacquer Masters Reference Acetates & Dubplates
12" L.P. (up to 22 minutes) - $160 per side 12" Single. (up to 10 minutes) - $75 per side
12" L.P. (over 22 minutes) - $175 per side 12" L.P. - $85 per side
10" E.P. - $140 per side 10" E.P. - $65 per side
7" Single. (up to 6 minutes) - $80 per side 7" Single. (up to 6 minutes) - $45 per side
7" E.P. (over 6 minutes) - $100 per side 7" E.P. (over 6 minutes) - $55 per side
Master lacquer box & packaging - $8.00
Each standard album or single requires two lacquer masters (one is cut for each side).
Rates for vinyl record mastering, acetates, and dubplates are based upon your supplied audio source and will be transferred directly to the lacquer disk with no additional mastering work. This is referred to as a "flat cut." Mastering services are available for lacquer masters, reference acetates, and dubplates. Sound Affair Mastering recommends a reference acetate of your project which can be reviewed in your own listening environment. This way, you can specify equalization or level changes to be made prior to cutting the final master lacquer. This will avoid an additional cost of re-cutting, re-plating, and ordering a new set of test pressings.
Price includes lacquer masters, full metal processing, 5 test pressings, choice of a standard color label with black imprint, assembly
into white sleeves and freight for lacquer, test pressings and product delivery.*
7" Pressing 12" Pressing
300. $3.79 ea. 300. $5.10 ea.
500. $2.45 ea. 500. $3.47 ea.
Records pressed in black vinyl. 7" pressings can be ordered with small or large center hole. Minimum 500 label purchase with the excess returned on smaller orders. Other pressing quantities can be ordered in any amount from 100 to 2000+. Full color labels and color jackets with a gloss finish are available for 7" and 12" records. Also available are colored records in marbled, red, white, green, blue, clear, or (non-metallic) gold vinyl. Turnaround time for test pressings is approximately 2 weeks. Delivery currently quoted as approximately 9 to 11 weeks.
*Product delivered to Los Angeles or Orange County location via our truck.
Analog Tape Baking
1/2“ tape: $55
1” or 2” tape: $70Similar tape formats can be baked as a batch. A batch would include as many of the same width reels of tape as space allows. For example, several 1/4” reels or 1/2” reels can be baked at the same time. We cannot combine different tape widths in the same batch or provide the 2” tape format as a batch. For larger projects, a block rate is available.
Terms & Conditions
Order form must be submitted to Sound Affair Mastering and a deposit of 50% is required before starting your project. Balance is due upon completion of the work. Sound affair LTD reserves the right to withhold all masters and session files until the full balance has been paid and the funds have cleared. Sound affair LTD will not be liable for any damage or loss of tape, masters, disks, equipment, or other items stored by the client at Sound Affair. Sound affair LTD will store the project files of your finished master for one (1) month after project completion. Sound Affair Mastering accepts cash, money orders, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and PayPal.
Sound Affair Mastering does not sell, share, or distribute customer information to any third party organization.