Mastering

declared sound mastering suite

Please contact dom@declaredsound.com if you’d like to discuss your project.

Mastering Options

  • Compact Disc – 16-bit 44.1k WAV files / DDP image / master CDR / digital transfer
  • Cassette – 24 or 16-bit 44.1k WAV files
  • Digital – 24/32-bit 44.1/48k WAV files
    • iTunes (standard), Spotify, other online stores & distributers — 16-bit/44.1k WAV files with specially compensated headroom to avoid compression clipping by the service providers
    • Bandcamp and SoundCloud — 24-bit/44.1k WAV files with specially compensated headroom to avoid compression clipping by the service providers
  • Vinyl – 24-bit 44.1k WAV files / DDP image / digital transfer
  • Music Licensing – 16-bit 48k WAV files and 320kbps MP3 for reference
  • 320kbps MP3 from 32-bit 48k WAV
  • Metadata and ISRC Codes where applicable

I specialise in full dynamic range – making the most of all those sweet curves without over compression. That said, I’m totally aware of the current trends for volume, and I’ve spent years perfecting the art of keeping the dynamic range and bringing the volume up to a level that competes with the highly compressed sausages of modern music. I’m also adept in achieving that elusive live sound that many modern electronic musicians crave. Chances are I’ll have a good idea of what you want by listening to your mix, but talk to me about the sound you’re after… I’ve been involved with rock, punk, disco, prog, techno, avant-garde experimentalism, hardcore, grindcore, East African dance music, gabba, jazz, noise, revolutionary rave folk music from countries run by dictators, you name it… I’ll know what you mean and be able to accommodate.

Mastering – What do you get?

You’ll get a quote on a sliding scale from £15 to £40 per track is standard, covering masters as required for digital, cassette, and CD. There is an additional fee of £50 for a vinyl master. I offer a sliding scale to make it more affordable for those on low incomes and/or from countries where currency conversion to £ doesn’t work out. The sliding scale works on an honesty based system: if you can afford to pay more, please do so – it helps me to continue to volunteer my time at MAP Charity teaching music production with students aged 11-16 who are unable to access mainstream education. When the quote is agreed, you’ll get an experienced, knowledgeable and passionate ear putting the finishing touches to your music in a professional custom built mastering studio. You’ll have the opportunity to suggest amendments to the draft master, and when approved you’ll receive the final mastered tracks in all the various formats required, along with an invoice with 30 days notice to pay.

Mixing & Production

I also offer mixing from stems and production services. This can include mixing your tracks from stems, to more full-on production work such as taking your instrument stems and processing the sounds through analogue outboard hardware (vacuum tube EQ’s and amplifiers, re-recording sounds with ribbon and tube microphones, processing with filters, distortion, reverb, etc). Please feel free to email dom@declaredsound.com to discuss your project.

Sound Design Services

As a musician, I also offer bespoke sound design for commercial applications such as video, adverts, indents, branding, social media campaigns, in-store installations, etc. Naturally, this service will very much vary depending on your individual needs and budgets. There’s more on my 20 years in music in the about section. Please contact dom@declaredsound.com for further information.

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nyegenyegetapes.bandcamp.com

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hakunakulala.bandcamp.com

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https://www.subpop.com/artists/duma

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https://www.adultswim.com/music/singles-2021

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https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/need-for-speed/need-for-speed-unbound/about/soundtrack

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https://irshcairo.bandcamp.com

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https://heatcrimes.bandcamp.com

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https://goronggorong.bandcamp.com

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https://blancmanioclabel.bandcamp.com

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https://slikback.bandcamp.com

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https://anti-mass.bandcamp.com/album/doxa

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https://syn12.bandcamp.com

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https://twelvecomets.bandcamp.com

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https://diskotopia.bandcamp.com

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http://www.morganhislop.com

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https://sincxrecords.bandcamp.com

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https://mothtraps.bandcamp.com

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https://mgdysfunction.bandcamp.com / https://fredmg.bandcamp.com

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https://slumpsounds.bandcamp.com

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https://untitledtapeuntitledwork.bandcamp.com

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https://fractalmeat.bandcamp.com/album/skeen

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https://opaltapes.com

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https://slothhammer.bandcamp.com

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https://localnetworkrecords.bandcamp.com

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https://nonarchive.bandcamp.com

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https://phlexxrecords.bandcamp.com

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https://nosaladrecords.bandcamp.com

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https://gameprogram.bandcamp.com

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https://simhutchins.bandcamp.com

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https://methotapes.bandcamp.com

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https://faxmachinemusic.bandcamp.com

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https://bankert.bandcamp.com

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