‘Mastering makes your music sound as loud, powerful and polished as the music that you love.’

Mastering makes your music ready to release through the use of multi-band compression, EQ, harmonic excitement, stereo widening and other audio processing. When your music sounds good, mastering is there to make it sound great!

There’s often crossover between music production and mastering, and the mastering process doesn’t automatically fix problems with a recording. If you aren’t sure if your music is ready for mastering ask for a music consultation. Then we will share with you how to make your music technically better so you are ready for the icing on the cake – mastering.

Mastering Your Music

Share your files with us electronically using Google Drive or WeTransfer.

When you submit your track for mastering, we’ll also ask for a reference track – something created by an artist you love and that you want your music to sound good alongside.

Next, before we go ahead and create the master, we can discuss your aims for the master recording by e-mail, phone, or in person in Fort Collins, Northern Colorado.

At this point we’ll be happy to share any minor technical tweaks that your final mix needs to achieve the best results from the master, or if your final mix needs significant tweaking we will give you the option of having a music consultation before mastering.

Mastering is $40 per track

If you need different versions of your final mix to be mastered with the same mastering processing (for example, an instrumental version) these are charged at $20 per iteration after payment of the initial $40 fee above.

Examples of What Mastering Does

Electronic Music Before and After Mastering

Example One

Leyla Daze, Greylaw Hiveless. Mastered version starts at 19 seconds.

“Josh’s mastering process is detailed and professional– my track sounds so sparkly! Josh gave me very specific notes, and answered my questions with patience as I polished up my final mix. The track was elevated to a new level. Will definitely use Shirty Mastering again! “

Leyla Daze

Example Two

Shirty, Wave Patterns. Demo is 0 – 26 seconds. Final Mix is 27 – 56 seconds.
Mastered version starts at 57 seconds. Read more about this.

Rock and Roll Mastering

Here’s a finished master we created for Robert Shredford in August 2019. Read more about it here.