audio archiving and restoration services

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!

Joe R.

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

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Mastering for Digital Media


Mastering is the final process your music passes through on the journey from inception to the final listen. This practice ensures that your songs have the dynamic enhancement necessary for file reproduction and distribution.

Modern recorded music needs to sound its best on a wide variety of playback systems, from earbuds to high-end amplifiers. Your work will not be ?mastered online? using a computer algorithm; Creative Audio Works will master your songs in a professional mastering studio ? to achieve the highest possible quality.

Stewart Adam, Sound Engineer, has over 30 years of audio experience. Under his direction, Creative Audio Works provides outstanding audio mastering services at affordable rates.

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

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 or 24-bit resolution (24-bit resolution is preferred) 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).

During the mastering process, adjustments depend on the musical genre, instruments, and mixed 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)

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 ? $55.00 (example 10 tracks will cost $570.00)
*Additional audio restoration will be charged at $75 per hour and billed in ? hour increments after that.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about file preparation or the mastering process.

Contact Us

Studio Location

15 Bay Colony Drive
Plymouth, MA