SF Audio Mastering

Mastering is that necessary final stage, the polish that is required to make your recording ready for public release and consumption. The idea is not to change your recording, but to enhance it, allowing it to have maximum impact on the audience. Different kinds of music have different requirements – a dance tune will need to sound good on a big full-range soundsystem whereas a recording of a folk act is more likely to be heard on a hi-fi or ipod. When mastering I aim to be as sensitive as possible to the artists original intentions. I want to make your music as effective as possible at point of delivery, and stand up well next to the recordings of your contemporaries.

Over the past three years I’ve been doing an increasing amount of Audio Mastering work, both for Electronic Dance Music and more instrument driven/acoustic music. I’ve done a significant amount of the mastering for the UK label Broken Bubble, London Based acoustic trio Happy Mammoth and a range of other producers and musicians. Below you can find a few ‘before and after’ examples to give you an idea of how much of a difference the mastering process can make.

“Sandy has been providing Broken Bubble with professional-quality masters for over 18 months, always showing sensitivity and understanding fully how to get the best sound from what he’s given to work with. Without his skill and hard-work the label wouldn’t be where it is today and I have absolutely no hesitation in heartily recommending his services.”
Guy Thompson/Broken Bubble

“I’ve finally found a mastering engineer I can work with. Sandy is great at getting a professional sounding master back to you in a timely fashion, as well as adhering to any requests you may have in how your final track sounds. Sandy is very helpful throughout the process and has shown he can get the job done, no matter the style of music.” Revult

“I chose Sandy to master my tracks because I was very impressed with his repertoire and background electronic music. He has a meticulous approach to mastering, and was successful in identifying the mood and atmosphere that I was trying to convey. Having previously booked him to play sets, I knew that he would be reliable, and I got my mastered tracks back within a matter of days. Sandy provides a quality service at very reasonable prices.”

“Sandy Finlayson delivers both in terms of quality of mastering service and reliability – assets that have helped to build my label from the ground up.”
Alistair Read/The Bohemian Club

“Reliability and quality is a given working with Sandy…… an invaluable asset to our project, highly recommended” Dan/Circle Dot Audio

“Sandy mastered our entire EP in 2012. He did a great job that really enhanced the tracks and brought the finished product up to professional standard. Tailored to the style and very affordable.” Qtier

The files need to be in the following format:
24bit WAV 44.100khz with at least -3dbs of headroom

Currently mastering is done via the net (rather than booking sit in sessions).

1 Track – £25
2 Tracks – £50
3 Tracks – £70
4 Tracks – £90
5 Tracks – £105

(any additional tracks £15 each)

I also offer mixing services for the following prices:

1 Track – £90
2 Tracks – £170
3 Tracks – £240
4 Tracks – £300

Contact me for more details and rates for larger projects at:

mastering @ sandyfinlayson.com

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