Many bedroom producers master (or try to master) their own music and it can be a challenging task especially if you don’t have any first hand experience on mastering. There’s also a great risk that the whole mix will get ruined due to incorrect use of mastering plugins/tools. One solution for this is to hire a mastering engineer do the job using online mastering services. They are usually cost-effective and location independent thanks to the internet. Also, you don’t have to schedule a studio session unless you don’t want to.
You can find online mastering services via Google, but one worth trying is SAS Online Mastering (SAS is abbreviation from Safe And Sound) managed by a mastering engineer Barry Gardner. He has years of experience on audio engineering and has worked with such artists as Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones), Craig David, Lemar, The Coral, The Hoosiers, Chick Corea and many others. It’s also worth mentioning that Barry has been producing electronic music himself too.
SAS Mastering is using such gear as PMC IB1S (large format loudspeakers), Summit Audio DCL-200 (dual channel compressor/limiter), HCL VARiS Vari Mu (compressor/limiter), TC Electronic 2240HS analogue equalizer, custom analogue mastering equalizer, etc and the listening environment is full acoustically treated room for best possible response.
Below is a sound clip example before and after SAS mastering. It’s a trance song from a swedish producer Jesper Cederholm.
For more information, sound clips and pricing check out SAS Mastering website.