Mastering

Mastering and mixing are Michael O’Shea’s audio production specialties. In the past 5 years he has mastered over 200 publicly released songs on notable labels like Joyful Noise Records and K Records by artists from across the country and in genres ranging from hip-hop in NYC to a string ensemble in CA and most everything in between.

 

Mastering Before/After Samples:

[This is an A/B sample to show the difference between a mix and the final mastered version. The mix has been normalized to peak at the same -0.1 db level as the mastered version, so the difference in volume is in the perceived loudness from dynamic compression in the mastering process, not a difference in peak level.]

 

MasteringMastering Rates:

Individual song: $100
3-7 tracks: $75/song
8-16 tracks: $550 flat
 

Michael masters with a variety of high-quality digital mastering plug-ins and monitors using Universal Audio digital to analogue converters with near-field monitors by Yamaha, Blue Sky and JBL, and 3-way mid-field monitors by KRK in a dedicated mixing/mastering studio room. Ear is more important than gear, however, and Michael is a seasoned professional with over 200 mastering credits. This is by no means a lo-fi budget mastering internet operation where a novice engineer simply runs your songs through a few presets on a cheap plug-in and calls it a day. Nor is this a high end studio that thinks using the most expensive analogue gear compensates for a lack of indivialized attention to your songs and their unique sonic characteristics. Michael strives to squeeze the absolute highest possible quality out of the professional digital tools at his disposal to produce results that are comparable to hi-fi analog mastering, but without the huge leap in price that entails. Staying in the digital realm allows him to focus on running a boutique service with exceptional attention to detail for each client’s unique project, and it lets him keep prices affordable for independent artists while still producing professional quality results.

You can reach Michael O’Shea at michael@sevenmoths.com.

 

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Selected Production Credits:

  • Ali Baba’s Tahini (feat. Members of Umphrey’s McGee and The Mantras) – “Living Room” – LP – Vocal and Keys Recording Tracks 4 and 13
  • Anakeesta – “The Sound of Something Happening” – LP – Seven Moths Records – Mastering
  • The Andrew Weathers Ensemble – “What Happens When We Stop” –  LP – Full Spectrum Records – Recording
  • The Andrew Weathers Ensemble – “Guildford County Songs” – Live LP – Full Spectrum Records – Recording, Mastering
  • Banmier – “Mr. Ashe” – LP – Seven Moths Records – Mastering
  • CarolinaBound – “Smoking Gun” – EP – Seven Moths Records – Producer, Recording, Mixing, Mastering
  • C.J. Boyd – “Dreams Like This Must Die” – LP – Joyful Noise Records – Mixing, Mastering
  • C.J. Boyd – “Alternate Roots” – Live LP – Joyful Noise Records – Recording, Mixing, Mastering
  • Darshan – “To Zion” – EP – Self-Released – Mastering
  • Eprhyme – “Live at WCU” – Live – Recording, Mixing, Mastering
  • Eprhyme – “It’s All G!D (Live)” – Single – K Records – Recording, Mixing, Mastering
  • Isaacson – “Sprinter” – EP – Seven Moths Records – Mastering
  • Jordan Okrend – “World Keeps Turning” – EP – Self-Released – Recording
  • Kinjac – “Moths” – LP – Seven Moths Records – Writing, Recording, Mixing, Mastering
  • Kinjac – “Mutually Assured Destruction” – EP – Seven Moths Records – Writing, Recording, Mixing, Mastering
  • Kinjac – “Incandescent” – LP – Seven Moths Records – Writing, Recording, Mixing, Mastering
  • Kinjac – “No. 7” – LP – Seven Moths Records – Writing, Recording, Mixing, Mastering
  • Kinjac – “Psychology” – LP – Seven Moths Records – Writing, Recording, Mixing, Mastering
  • Kinjac – “Seven Addenda” – EP – Seven Moths Records – Writing, Recording, Mixing, Mastering
  • Kinjac – “Seven Years Bad Luck” – LP – Seven Moths Records – Writing, Recording, Mixing, Mastering
  • Luke King – “Live By The Creekside” – Live EP – Seven Moths Records – Producer, Recording, Mixing, Mastering
  • Luke King – “Transcension” – LP – Seven Moths Records – Producer, Recording, Mixing, Mastering
  • Lytingale – “Home to my Heart” – LP – Self-Released – Mastering
  • Scenic Route – “For Those Things Lost” – EP – Self-Released – Recording, Mixing, Mastering
  • Toaster Bath – “End of Days” – EP – Seven Moths Records – Producer, Mixing, Mastering
  • Toaster Bath – “June” – LP – Seven Moths Records – Producer, Recording, Mixing, Mastering
  • Toaster Bath – “[Sic]” – EP – Seven Moths Records – Mastering
  • Womansong of Asheville – “I Will Carry You” – Self-Released – Mastering