After the mix is done, mastering is the last step in music production.
((( A Different Persective ))) The mixing room only gives one perspective; and the mixers goal was to make the mix sound as good as possible on the speakers in that room. Mastering is done on full-range speakers in an different listening space giving a different perspective.
((( Objective Evaluation ))) The first listen is important. Not having heard the track many times before removes any bias. Being objective and listening at a uniform level gives a first impression of what direction to take with any subsequent processing.
((( Making Your Track Sound It's Best ))) The goal is to make your track sound it's best on a variety of playback systems. Mastering typically applies some corrective equalization. If needed, some other processing may be done (de-essing, stereo widening, compression). Limiting is often used to increase the overall level.
((( Quality Takes Time ))) Every project is important. I will give your project the attention it deserves.
What will it cost?
Mastering of a stereo mix: $55
Full projects cost less per mastered track. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a quotation.