Mastering is the process of taking your freshly mixed stereo tracks and running them through hardware or software compressors, limiters and EQs to get them sounding "professional". It makes sure your tracks will translate to the real world regardless of the system it's played on. Assuming the mix job was good, you can play your masters on any Mp3 player, car stereo, or your home studio and your tracks will match up to those of your favorite artists as far as volume and clarity is concerned.
ArtiSans Label Studios is a professional recording studio...NOT a mastering studio. That distinction is important, as we always recommend having your project polished off at a proper mastering facility (see Better & Best). But when your budget falls short... who can you turn to?
It's ArtiSans to the rescue. We can help you out by giving your mixes a "tune-up" to prepare it for pressing. Your songs will be sonically improved with EQ & compression... but not as much as if your budget allowed for proper mastering. $35/song with discount code.
When you have a decent budget for proper mastering and need top quality, SoundOps is your answer.
They have testimonials littered throughout every page of their website and offer a 1,000 CD guarantee...That's confidence! Moreover, they boast something pretty incredible: no artist has EVER asked for a refund.
This, we're sure, is in part to SoundOps' patented multiMASTERING, which lets you choose from three different versions of your songs before sending it to pressing.
The cherry on top? A very helpful website, full of good info & status updates. Highly recommended.