A Cappella Mastering

Mastering is a very specific skill set, and Bill has decades of experience on hundreds of major projects. Bill started mastering in 1984 on all-analog equipment, so he has the history to understand the extra esoteric edge that gives and translate it to the digital output of today! He has re-mastered and restored classic analog albums for digital, including being trusted with an album of the legendary Peruvian singer Yma Sumac directly from the precious decades-old mixdown reels from Electric Lady (Jimi Hendrix' studio) in New York. Given that sort of background, mastering modern digital mixes is a "piece of cake" for Bill!

Contemporary A Cappella is a challenge for most mainstream mastering engineers, and even some of the most legendary hit-makers will miss the mark because of the unfamiliar sonic shapes that A Cappella provides. After some clients spent upwards of $1200 for high-end professional masters, they brought their tracks back to Bill for a "second opinion", which he far surpassed for about a third the cost.

Many groups that don't record and mix with Bill still send their finished mixes to him for a final polish and to get some of the "hit-making fairy-dust" of so many great albums passing previously though his fingers!

Quite a few chart-topping hits on Billboard and iTunes have been mastered by Bill, including the 4th-biggest-selling album of 2014 - Pentatonix' "That's Christmas to Me" (Platinum record for over 1 Million Sales).

Bill's control room was designed by Michael Blackmer, who has created some of the greatest mastering rooms around the world. An over $100,000 investment, the accuracy of the room shows in the way your album will sound when played in the real world.

Bill is certified with Apple to be able to provide official "Mastered for iTunes" albums and tracks. This is a special process that optimizes tracks for iTunes (though regular mastering works quite well too). iTunes will not put the coveted "Mastered for iTunes" badge on projects not mastered and approved by an MfiT-certified engineer.

Bill is an official R.I.A.A. ISRC manager. Rather than having the hassle of applying for and buying ISRC codes yourself (usually $80), Bill can assign them free of charge as part of the mastering process.

Mastering Rates

 

Standard mastering is a simple $40 per song. A single will cost $40. A 10-song album will cost $400. No other fees, not even rush fees or late fees.

This includes:
A DDP file with embedded player (will work on any computer) to audition, check all coding, and burn CDs that will behave exactly like the production run. This is also your CD master for replication.
A WAV package to be delivered to any online distributors you will be using.
ISRC Assignment (USA releases only)
CD-TEXT/ISRC coding.
Permanent archiving for any future needs.
"Mastered for iTunes" can be added to existing mastering for $25 per song. Standalone MfiT mastering $60 per song.

Bill is the world’s most awarded individual Contemporary A Cappella producer, including over 70 appearances on BOCA, over 100 CARA nominations, over 40 albums in the RARB "Picks of the Year" lists, and 13 "DeeBee" awards since 1987 in the Vocal Jazz category from Downbeat Magazine. In 2011, Bill received a personal Grammy Award for his work on Christopher Tin’s “Calling All Dawns”, with the album taking a second Grammy as well.
 

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