Choosing A Mastering Studio


How do you know which mastering studio is the one for you? There are an over whelming number of audio services to choose from on the internet and it’s easy to get pulled in the wrong direction, so let’s look at how to pick the best one for you. Once you have your music mixed and ready to be handed to a mastering studio, your main goal should be looking to find the company who has the highest standard of work for a price which suits your budget. This can be a little bit tricky as almost every studio will talk the talk but are they really capable of walking the walk?​​

One thing you should look for is whether the mastering studio offers a free demo service. This means they will master your audio (free of charge) to the same standard as if you had paid for full mastering and give you back a sample so you can gauge the quality of their work. If you’re happy, they provide the full song and you have been able to, in essence, ‘try before you buy’. At Black Dog, we have offered free demos and excellent customer service since - 1999. With a quick check of your project, we’re more than happy to provide you with a free demo so we can show you the quality of our service and what our engineers can do for your music.

 Another very important factor when looking for a mastering studio is to make sure they charge per song and not by the hour. This will ensure you aren’t left with any ‘nasty surprises’ should the engineer have to work on your music for an extended period of time.
Here at Black Dog we have always charged per song and not per hour. In fact we were the first studio to start offering a per song charge for online services back in 1999. We also offer some superb deals on mastering which can be found on our rates page.

Occasionally, due to the nature of working remotely, you may wish to change a certain aspect of your mastered material so it’s a good idea to work with a mastering studio that offers a number of free revisions, should you wish to change anything. We’re happy to revise your song should you wish to do so.

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