Mastering Services & Rates

Nagasaki Sound offers a full range of professional online mastering services. Mastering engineer Steve Nagasaki utilizes a hybrid mix of analog and digital processing to enhance your audio and bring out the absolute best in your mixes. From completely transparent to in-your-face, you tell us what you’re looking for, and we’ll get you there. Your satisfaction is our #1 goal. We have a history of making our mastering clients into very happy customers. Below are the online mastering services and options we offer for singles, EP, and album mastering. Rates are in US dollars.

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Album: 65/song

Special rate for EP/Album projects (3 song minimum). Same as single mastering, plus sequencing, spacing, and fades consultation and execution. A DDPi may be required for CD releases, see below.

Single: 75/song

Standard mastering of stereo (L/R) source files. Stereo mastering is the most common method. Service includes mix feedback, WAV download, 3 revisions, and reference 128 kbps & 320 kbps MP3.

Stems: 125/Song

Stem mastering from multiple stereo pairs. Stem mastering allows a deeper level of access than stereo mastering. Includes 3 revisions. *Add 10 per stem over five.

Mastered for iTunes: 25 Add-on/song

Nagasaki Sound offers additional masters conforming to Apple’s ‘Mastered for iTunes’ (MFiT) standards. Utilizing proprietary tools and analysis, we prepare an extra set of premasters to clients, optimized for conversion into Apple’s AAC format. You should supply 24bit, 44.1kHz mixes or higher. Be aware that MFiT versions will be 1-2dB quieter than your standard masters. This is normal when creating masters as per Apple’s technical guidelines.

Read more on Apple’s website about ‘Mastered for iTunes’.

Mastered for Vinyl: 25 Add-on/song

Our vinyl mastering service is available as an add-on to standard mastering. We optimize your master for vinyl, which may include slight changes to dynamics, stereo imaging, and equalization to take advantage of the format. Vinyl mastering includes track spacing, sequencing, and high resolution WAV delivery consolidated per side as appropriate.


DDPi (Disc Description Protocol Image): 55

DDPi (Disc Description Protocol image) is the modern industry standard for delivery of audio premasters. It’s an error-free, fast, convenient method to instantly transfer your EP or album premasters from our mastering studio to you and the CD replication plant. The DDPi fileset includes the audio files, PQ codes, ISRC and UPC codes, CD-TEXT, and additional data. If you’re planning on a physical CD release over 500 units, a DDPi is recommended. You download the secure DDPi  and preview with our custom DDPi player, exactly as it will sound after replication. Clients can also verify CD TEXT, ISRC, track spacing, and burn your own reference discs.

Editing & Production: 125/hr

Audio editing and production according to your specific needs. Billed hourly. Contact us to discuss your project, or anything else not listed in our online mastering services.

Restoration + Repair: 125/HR

Nagasaki Sound repairs and restores damaged audio utilizing the latest tools and years of experience. We can remove noise, hiss, buzz, hum, clicks, crackle, and other unwanted sounds, even from complex material. This can be accomplished transparently and with incredibly natural results using advanced restoration and repair software.

Applications include:

cleaning up lecture audio, mastering audio books, eliminating clips, crackles, and AC ground buzz or hum from music recordings, transferring old records, tapes, cassettes to digital (WAV files), repairing scratched cd’s or clipped digital files, editing and enhancing speech recordings