Portland's most experienced professional mastering engineers.
Every musician knows that by the time you get done mixing your project you have listened to it to the point of brain & ear fatigue. It makes sense to enlist a fresh set of studio trained ears to evaluate music in a tuned room and make your album ready for the world. We know the Zen & secrets of mastering. When to enhance or, if it ain't broke, don't mess with it.
We're a professionally designed & built mastering lab in NW Portland - not a basement or spare bedroom.
We have mastered albums for working musicians like March Fourth Marching Band, Emily Wells, Rena Jones, Roseland Hunters, Menomena, Jerry Joseph, Franco & the Stingers.
Here’s what we can do:
• Make your CD hotter, punchier, and louder!
• Add clarity & fullness with the finest Digital & Analog Equalizers.
• Sequence tracks in any order
• Level match from song to song
• Digital Fade In, Fade Out, & Crossfade
• We adjust the dynamics of the audio using vintage analog & digital tools.
• Add UPC barcode & ISRC codes you provide. • We can provide a printed PQ Log sheet
• Add CD TEXT for each track ID and Album title
We can prepare your masters for CD, or web mp3 or Itunes AAC. ---------We support many formats.
• We make you sound better
Mastering Lab Service $100/hour
You are here in our studio mastering suite drinking coffee or farting.
Typical 12 song album album will take about 4 hours but its variable.
Bring your music as 24 bit / 96 khz WAV or AIFF files .
On a Jump drive, or send to us via our dropbox. or a 16 bit audio CD, or as 1/2" or 1/4" Analog Tape
Send us your music here via web delivery. We work on our own.
Tell us what to do.
With this Mastering Package we can go ALL ANALOG & avoid any digital devices !
Option #1– Master & record to 1/2" tape on our Studer 820 & splice it all together
Option #2– Master & record to 1/4" analog tape on our Otari MTR12 at 15 or 30ips maybe even with Dolby SR.
We have the classic tools to get a radio friendly sound, or balls to the wall.
We can go ALL ANALOG & avoid any digital.
We add clarity & correct the tonal balance with GML and Manley analog tube equalizers & Manley tube analog limiter to make it punchy & loud or smooth & tight.
You can bring your ANALOG mixes: on 1/2" or 1/4" Analog Tape with / without Dolby SR or everything on hard drive.
We then make our Analog Mastered versions: on 1/2" or 1/4" Analog Tape
45 minutes is an average album length.
• Tape: ATR 1/2" $125 /reel. ATR 1/4" $75/ reel. Dolby SR $75/day
• Mastering Rates $120 hourly.
Great for pressing vinyl. Like Peter Buck of REM did mastering with us.
Hardest thing for home recordists is mixing.
We havel the best tools & the Platinum studio experience !
$99 hour / studio included.
A professional mix music is worth the investment.
Q: "What's the difference in mixing versus mastering?"
A: Mixing is balancing everything so it sounds the way you want it. Mixing is adding effects, using EQ & limiting.
Mastering is a professional process to edit, balance, limit, & equalize music so it meets professional standards for manufacturing or downloads. And make it sound better.
Our engineers have decades of album experience-
Engineered recordings from smooth jazz king Kenny G (Platinum Award) to punks Poison Idea (not even close to Platinum) over the last 30 years. Experienced in London, NYC, Seattle, & LA studios. Locally, he's mixed or mastered music for bands like Ultra Van Krome, Franco & the Stingers, Floater, James Angell, VX-323, Valerie Day and Tom Grant, The Dandy Warhols, Michael Allen Harrison, Roger Sause (Shock, Michael W. Smith, Kenny G). and Muddy Award Winners the Rose City Kings. He designed the mastering room.
"Rick, your recording and engineering skill are the best !" - Kenny G
"Amazing! This sounds incredible, you did an awesome job, Rick. I can't believe how even it all sounds considering how many different places it was recorded. I really appreciate the work you put into it. Seriously though, this album sounds better than I could have imagined. I really appreciate it as it is a very important album for me and one I put countless hours into writing and recording." - Mike, Your Favorite Assassin
"Hey Rick, Just wanted to let you know the album sounds great! Another awesome job. Thanks so much for all your help. Always a pleasure!" - Daniel, DJ Elevated
"Hi, Rick Thank you so, so much for all the extra effort you put into helping our CD sound amazing- you are truly a pro and it shows." - Girls on Film
Rick's Partial Discography
Ultra Van Krome- Funk
Peter Buck- Rock
Michael Harrison- Piano
Kenny G - Pop Jazz
Jeff Lorber- Jazz
Poison Idea- Punk
James Angel -Rock
Franco & the Stingers - blues
Wild Dogs- Metal
John Craig and the Weekend -Rock
Don't - Rock
Masters of Ascention- Rock
NIA - Danceable Rock
The Sindicate - Rock
Annika Forrest - Rock
Jeni Wren - Rock
Kevin Schrandt - Rock
MPH - Rock
Dave Alvey - Rock & Blues
Anthony Medici - Rock
Joe Powers - Blues
Kill Rock Stars Records
The VX-323 -Electronic
Rose City Kings - Blues
Tom Grant & Valerie Day -Jazz
Sam Densmore- Rock
David Foster- Rock
Dan Turner- Rock
Ramsey Embick -Jazz
Johnny Martin- Rock
Richard Moore - Rock
Mars Retrieval Unit - Rock
Falls Road- Rock
Oregon Ballet Theatre
Floater - Rock
Providence - Rock
DJ Elevated-Hip Hop
Deafmind - Rock
Splintered in Her Head - Rock
Jeff Horton - Rock
James Deibert- Rock
Soli deo Gloria Brass Ensemble-Classical
King Black Acid- Rock
Andi Starr- Rock
Big Vinyl- Rock
Chris Moncrieffe- Rock
Patrick Short- Rock
16 Volt- Rock
Vail Johnson of Kenny G-Jazz
Johnny Limbo &The Lugnuts-Pop
Jesus Presley- Rock
Your Favorite Assasin- Rock
Adam Rohosy & Hemmit- Rock
Devil Riding Shotgun- Rock
Daniel Lamb & Instigators-Reggae
has been responsible for the sound of great recordings by Mr. Bungle, The Dead Kennedys, Cake, Amanda Palmer, Emily Wells, Everyone Orchestra, Jolie Holland, Garaj Mahal, Galactic, Joe Satriani and The Mars Volta among many others. When mastering, he strives to maximize the sonic image of the mix while preserving the subtle balances and intent. Album projects always leave Justin's mastering sessions, competitively loud, more sonically cohesive and artfully preserved or enhanced depending on his client's needs. Mastering projects include Emily Wells, March Fourth Marching Band, Everyone Orchestra, Sassparilla, Bear and Moose, Rena Jones, Redwood Son, Amanda Richards, Jay Cobb Anderson.
"Justin Phelps is by far the best engineer I've ever worked with. For one thing, he has monster technical skills. But what really sets him apart is his consistently positive attitude and professional work ethic. He GETS THINGS DONE. He also has an incredible ear for mastering, and managed to take recordings of ours that had been made over a year apart—and at different studios—and still make them sound as if they'd all been cut in a single session. Simply amazing work." -Jonathan Lammers
Justin's Partial Discography
March Fourth Marching Band
Left Coast Country
Vodka Wilson Overdrive
Fruit Of The Legion of Loom
Jay Cobb Anderson
Devil Riding Shotgun
Stuck On Nothing
Cloud 11 Records
42 Ford Prefect
Dragon and the Vignettes
Volume Bomb Records
Heretic Opera’s “Valentine”
Sit Kitty Sit
Bear and Moose
You Are Your Own
Kotti (film soundtrack)
Rule of The Bone
Uncle B, Auntie E and J Dog
Rise or Fall
Sugar Cane String Band
Acoustical physics designed room specifically for mastering and listening in custom built facility in Northwest Portland on the edge of the Pearl District.
Analog Compressors • Neve 33609 • Manley Vari Mu • GML 8900
Analog Equalizers • GML 8500 Analog Mastering Parametric EQ • Manley Pultec Tube Mastering EQ's • Manley Pultec Tube Mastering Mid EQ's
Macs & ProTools and various software
TC Finalizer • Waves MaxBCL
Analog Tape: Studer A820 1/2" half track • Four Otari MTR12 & MTR10 1/4" Half tracks • Two Otari MX5050, dbx, & Dolby SR
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