Welcome to indie masters Mastering Services
Melbourne's only MASTERING HOUSE TOTALLY DEDICATED TO INDEPENDENT ARTISTS
OVER 2000 RECORDS MADE since 1997
"(I) had some time with the mastering and I think it sounds really good...there is a lot of excitement and they really brought out all of the detail. Very nice job.." - As A Rival, "By Design" Oct 2015, album mixed and reviewed by Adam Kasper, mastered by Paul Fox@Indie Masters - see more customer feedback like this
Artists that have mastered with us
FANTASTIC RESULTS OF CUSTOMER SURVEY
What's in the mastering chain
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A Unique mastering service to Melbourne:
Indie Masters is more than your standard mastering service. We are located in one of the best music cities of the world. Melbourne attracts musicians from all over Australia and New Zealand, not to speak of other international artists, who come here to write, network, play and develop their music for the world stage and to have a lot of fun doing it in a thriving local music environment. Melbourne is lucky to have amazing artistic support in the way of wonderful and truly independent radio and TV stations, not to mention well-read and distributed street magazines and internet blogs. With bands and acts literally in the thousands playing each week in over 100 venues, Melbourne is a thriving launch pad for great music and musicians who carve their own sound and even genre's.
Having been in operation in this wonderful city for 20 years, Indie Masters has worked closely with over 1000 independent acts and artists. There is a sound for Melbourne and we feel we are supporting it, and helping create it, 100%. It's not commercial, it's real, it's fiercely independent, it's not contrived, and it's not over produced. It's passionate and raw. It's feelings as they are, to tape. It's no fear, artistic expression.
Indie Masters is owned and operated by long time mastering engineer and respected local masterer and musician Paul Fox. Dedicated to the art of mastering and fiercely independent, Indie Masters is Melbourne's only mastering studio that is totally designed for and dedicated to mastering independent music for independent artists.
Mastering is our sole concern. We are not "Jack of all trades", we are specialised and have specialised skills and specialised equipment. This only, yields the real result.
But our service also goes beyond mastering. We are here to help you get the best sounding recordings. If you like you can send us your mixes, at whatever stage you want advice or an opinion. You can stay close with the mastering process as an artist or engineer. We can help you develop the best mix for mastering together and offer suggestions for future improvement to your recorded elements if needed. We know the sound you want and wish to help you achieve your vision. It is your music and your vision. We only offer to provide necessary actions and suggestions to achieve that vision. This is how we get the best sounding product that you can be proud of and that you can go on to promote and release confidently. Alternatively of course we are more than happy to work fresh with your finished, signed off mixes.
Full customer satisfaction is our only purpose. Let us help you get the absolute best from your recordings, both now and into the future. The integrity of sound production of great local music is our priority. We are happy to assist your project right through the mixing, mastering, finalisation and formatting as part of the mastering service, if this is your desire.
What's special about our mastering chain?
Not just an outboard compressor and a bunch of software, but a serious rack of world class analogue and digital mastering hardware is the integral center of our mastering. Over years we have designed and fine tuned the mastering chain specifically for the independent music and musicians we have the pleasure of working with.
For all the gear nerds out there we have at our fingertips the Cranesong Hedd 192, Millenia NSEQ2, Mercury (pultec) H1 pair and P1 pair, Manley Massive passive, Manley VariMu, Tubetech SMC Tube Multiband compressor, Waves L2 (hardware) and more. Pivotal signal coordination by the transperent SSL X-patch and Dangeous S&M. Our main monitors are the world esteemed Barefoot MM27's full range micro-main monitors - a joy truly! For comprehensive gear list see here.
So that's many flavours of analogue (valve and JFET) eq's, plus finest quality compressors and harmonic engines, with added Dangerous M/S encoding and monitoring plus the extremely solid and trustworthy MM27's for the final critical listening test.
Don't pass up the opportunity to seriously save time, money and frustration and get pro analytics and mastering results at the absolute best rates, while working with amazing gear and great engineers who are into your music. This is our passion. We offer it to you with great satisfaction.
hERE'S WHAT OUR artists HAVE TO SAY:
VINYL MASTERING?? : : LOVE IT.
There is a big shift going on with mastering for vinyl. If we couldn't do it, we'd be out of business. Our vinyl masters cut well and come back superb-o with compliments from the laythe. Currently recommended vinyl pressing locally with Zenith Records or OS through Implant Media, OS agent go to Pirates Press. We have had good results many times over through these channels. See our resources page for more links and recommendations.
Hot tip on buying mastering services:
Don't pay per track for mastering services. Mastering one track will take around 1.5 hrs, the second and third 30-40mins each, the fourth and onwards something like 20-30mins per track maximum. This is why if you are paying on a track by track basis you are possibly overpaying after the first track.
Latest on E-Mastering your music overseas:
Getting big name over seas engineers on your cover art is one thing, but giving your appraisal of mastering-gone-wrong via email is another.. We are unfortunately scraping up the odd failed e-mastering artist's heart from the floor, their previous mastering being performed even by the some of biggest names in mastering. Why the heart break? Because the artist can't get their point through via email. If you're not lucky with a perfect result first time, then the headaches follow until you just accept what you got from a distance and move on to the next record, as soon as possible.. This is the story we are hearing from artists doing e-mastering with overseas mastering giants. Keep it local, be in control of your results. Deal with a real person. The results are impressive, really..!
We were proud to post the fantastic results of our 2013 on line customer survey so please check them out.
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