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Mastering Rates & Data

Effective January 2024

Session Rates for All Formats

Tracks 1 - 5:  $100 per track

Tracks 6 and above:  $75 per track

Mastering rates include: CD text and ISRC numbering. Two set's of revisions (if needed,) One production master CD and one reference CD for approval of mastering, or one master file for digital and streaming. Alternate versions of any track mastered within the same session, such as a vinyl pre - master, extended or alternate version, instrumental, or performance tracks are $40.00 per track.  Alternate versions must be delivered at the same time as the main version.

 Lacquer Disk Cutting
 

Each standard album or single requires two lacquer masters. (One is cut for each side).

  Lacquer Masters

In-House Lacquer Masters

12" L.P.  (up to 22 minutes) - $200 per side

12" L.P.  (over 22 minutes) - $215 per side

 10" E.P. - $180 per side

  7" Single - $120 per side

12" L.P.  (up to 22 minutes) - $170 per side

12" L.P.  (over 22 minutes) - $185 per side

 10" E.P. - $150 per side

  7" Single - $90 per side

Refrerence Disks & Dubplates

12" L.P. - $80 per side

10" E.P. - $75 per side

7" Single - $70 per side

In-House Refrerence Disks & Dubplates

12" L.P. - $50 per side

10" E.P. - $45 per side

7" Single - $40 per side

Rates for lacquer mastering, reference disks and dubplates are based upon your supplied audio source and will be transferred directly to the lacquer disk with no additional session work. This is referred to as a "flat cut." If mastering services are requested prior to disk cutting, then the session rates will apply. After the mastering session, the in-house disk cutting rates will apply. Sound Affair Mastering recommends a reference disk of your project which can be reviewed in your own listening environment.
This is the best option to gauge how your audio source will translate to the vinyl format. This would include volume level for the disc, band spacing from track to track, high and low frequency response etc.

Analog Tape Layback

Tracks transferred to 1/2 inch analog tape prior to mastering.

       Rate includes ATR magnetics blank tape stock rental.

$20 per track

Audio Restoration, Tape Transfers,
        Preservation & Archiving

$80 per hour

For larger projects, a per piece rate is available.

Analog Tape Baking

 1/4" tape: $45 each

 1/2" tape: $55 each

Multiple 1/4" reels: $55

Multiple 1/2" reels: $65

We can bake 1/4" and 1/2" reels 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 can be baked at the same time or several 1/2” reels can be baked at the same time. We cannot combine different tape widths in the same batch. For larger projects, a block rate is available.

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