audio archiving and restoration services

Mastering for Digital Media

Craig S.

Have had an unbelievable experience with CAW so. Bringing a dead project from 2003 roaring back to life in 2020! Amazing!
Thank you, Stewart!

Craig S.

Joe R.

Fast turnaround and superior work. Any of you musicians with archived analog tape want them converted to wav files for mixing, “CAW” is the place to go. Highly Recommended! Terrific Job…

Joe R.

Johnny barnes

Just finished listening to the CD, perfect, fantastic, awesome, killer cool.  You sprinkled jewel fairy dust on that pig and turned t into a beautiful girl.
Thank you, Stewart!

Johnny Barnes

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Our Philosophy

Every audio artifact is unique and deserves the respect and attention of a skilled audio archival engineer.


The Johnny Barnes Group, Live At the Rat. Transferred from 1/4″ stereo reel-to-reel, Edited and Mastered by Stewart Adam


Bi Janus – At This Time, Transferred from ADAT 24-track tape, 11 Tracks Mastered by Stewart Adam

Audio Mastering for Digital media


Mastering is the final process music goes through on the journey from creation to distribution. This practice ensures that your songs have the dynamic enhancement that is essential for your music release and reproduction.

Our audio mastering services are perfect for music, radio, and streaming. We’ll balance the sonic elements of your audio media to exceed your quality expectations – preparing it for earbuds, high-end audio systems, and beyond! Now, you can release music with peace of mind.

Rest assured, Creative Audio Works does not master music using free online tools. We will master your songs in a professional mastering studio to achieve the highest possible quality.

Our founder, Stewart Adam, is an experienced Sound Engineer with over 30 years of audio expertise. Under his direction, Creative Audio Works provides outstanding audio mastering services at affordable rates.


Contact Creative audio works for more information regarding your mastering needs.

Free mastering for one song

You are wondering how your original music will sound mastered with Creative Audio Works? We will master one song for free. Once you hear how your track sounds, you’ll want the same treatment for all of them! You will want the same treatment for all your tracks!

Mastering and Restoration for Re-issue

Many record companies reissue “old-school” analog recordings in digital formats. Creative Audio Works has provided audio restoration services for over 15 years, and now, with our online mastering service, we can help you reissue classic recordings, too.

Here are two examples of a before and after mastering for the release of Steel Rail Blues and Come On Home Live At The Rat 1977, performed by The Johnny Barnes Group

Steel Rail blues Before/After

by The Johnny Barnes Group | Live At The Rat

The Process

When you prepare to send the final mix of each song you want to master, please turn off effects, compression, equalization, loudness maximizes, multiband processing, etc., on the mix sum buss. Check the mix to ensure that no clipping has occurred while recording. We recommend that you leave at least 3db headroom before clipping. This means the peaks of the signal should never exceed the -3db mark.

For professional mastering results, we require WAV or AIFF files of at least 16-bit resolution, preferably 24-bit resolution, with a sampling frequency of 44.1 kHz or better. Please do not upload any file formats reduced to MP3 or equivalent lossy audio formats.

When your work has been checked and approved, you will be notified regarding payment. Once payment is received, mastering will begin. We use Square Up to securely process payments (see below for rates).

Adjustments will be made during the mastering process depending on the musical genre, instruments, and mix levels. The mastering engineer will provide the following support:

  • Objective perspective
  • Stereo Field Optimization
  • Tonal balance
  • Dynamic compression and limiting
  • Noise elimination (between tracks)
  • Fade adjustments on each song (as needed)
  • Optimized spacing between tracks for best listening experience
  • Add ISRC codes for distribution rights
  • Add CD-Text information Addition
  • Create a Master DDP file.
  • Special attention to noise reduction if needed (additional cost)

Online Mastering Rates

  • 1 Track – $75.00
  • 2 Track – $145.00
  • 3 Track – $210.00
  • 4 Track – $270.00
  • 5 Tracks – $325.00
  • 6 Tracks – $375.00
  • 7 Tracks – $420.00
  • 8 Tracks – $460.00

Each additional track is  $55.00 (for example, ten tracks will cost $570.00)

*Additional audio restoration will be charged at $75 per hour and billed in 1-hour increments after that.


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