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Bender Mastering Studio is Portugal’s first dedicated mastering facility, located in Porto, providing attended sessions locally and unattended & online mastering for the rest of the world using our online platform for file uploading.

Mastering is the final step before the distribution or manufacturing a music record and is, therefore, one of the most important stages of audio production, mostly because it is the final chance to get everything to sound as great as it can sound.

Mastering is the process of converting mixes to records, and prepare them to be distributed or manufactured by producing high-quality masters, in CD form, DDP or digital files. It’s in mastering that all mixes are fine-tuned so they can translate well in every type of speaker, where all mixes are balanced and levelled so they can sound related and part of the same record and where all fades and edits are made to produce the final product.

In this digital age where online music stores are a big part of music distribution, making sure your music translates well and that it is optimised for every type of format available is also a big part of what mastering is about. We are prepared to master for almost every medium available, be it an audio CD, vinyl or the new “Mastered for iTunes” format.

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The Studio

Our studio is equipped with some of the greatest analogue mastering gear from brands like Focal, Prism Sound, Maselec, elysia, TK Audio, complemented with a vast selection of digital tools from manufacturers such as Audiofile Engineering, iZotope, FabFilter or Voxengo.

The studio is owned by Miguel Pinheiro Marques, a mastering engineer with a music degree that used to work on commercial recording studios before dedicating full-time to mastering. Miguel is also a writer for the north-american magazine AudioXpress, mostly doing gear reviews, and he is the author of a pro audio book written in Portuguese called Sistemas e Técnicas de Produção Áudio (Systems and Techniques for Audio Production).

Since opening this studio we have mastered music from practically every musical genre, with such diverse clientele that include local indie bands to major labels in several different countries. If you want to listen to some of our work just visit our Twitter page. We share and promote the bands and artists whom we work with, with a lot of YouTube, BandCamp and Soundcloud links to their music.

Gear List

Monitoring

Focal SM9
AKG K601

AD/DA & Clocking

Prism Sound Orpheus

Outboard

Prism Sound Maselec MEA-2
Prism Sound Maselec MLA-2
elysia xpressor
TK Audio BC1 (custom modified)
TK Audio MMC

Plugins

DMG Audio EQuilibrium, Compassion
elysia alpha comp, mpressor & museq
FabFilter Pro-C, Pro-Q, Pro-L, Pro-DS, Pro-G, Pro-MB & Saturn
NUGEN Audio VisLM, LM-Correct & ISL
Pro Audio DSP DSM
TDR Feedback Compressor II
TDR VOS SlickEQ
u-He Satin
Voxengo Elephant & VariSaturator
Zynaptiq UNVEIL & UNFILTER

Tape

Enertec/Schlumberger F500 · 1/4″ · Stereo · 3.75, 7.5 ou 15 ips · IEC

Software

Reaper 4
Audiofile Sample Manager
Audiofile Triumph
Audiofile Spectre
HOFA DDP Player Maker
Sonic Illusions FinalCD
Izotope RX 3

Others

Sterling Modular Plan A
ATR & RMG Tape
All cabling by VOVOX

Rates

Our studio rate is €7 / $12 for each minute of music to be mastered, no matter how many tracks the record has. This way, we can get a fair price on every job and for every client.

ItemDescriptionPrice
(A)Rate for each minute of music to be mastered€7 / $12
(B1)CD or DDP master (< 25 minutes)€25 / $40
(B2)CD or DDP master (> 25 minutes)€40 / $70
(C)Tape Reel (≈ 33 minutes length)€80 / $130
(D)Vinyl lacquers and dub-platesContact us
(E)ShippingContact us

(A) Our studio rate is €7 / $12 for each minute of music to be mastered, no matter how many tracks the record has. For example, if the final mastered record has a 40 minute length, you will be charged €280 / $480. Or, if it’s just a 12 minute EP, final price will be €84 / $144. All final lengths will be rounded to the nearest minute.

(B) There is a €25 or €40 ($40 / $70) fee for producing a CD or DDP master. For total lengths under 25 minutes the price is €25 / $40, for total lengths greater then 25 minutes the price for producing the master is €40 / $70. Longer records take more time to verify hence the price difference between these two rates.

(C) We can master your songs through our tape machine for extra color and saturation at no extra charge but we can’t keep the tapes in archive for no longer than 2 weeks. Because of that, you can optionally buy the tapes used in your music for your own archive. Each tape reel sells at €80 / $130 with case/box and takes up to 33 minutes of music.

(D) We provide vinyl lacquers, dub-plates or reference cuts at very competitive rates. Please get in touch with us so we can give you a quote on vinyl masters or dub-plates. We’ll be in charge of the mastering and the vinyl masters or dub plates will be a 1:1 copy from the files sent from our studio.

(E) If you need a physical master or if you decide to buy the tapes used in your session there’s a fee for shipping these items to your country. Please get in touch with us so we can give you a quote on this.

Payment methods and conditions

All payments for international clients must be done in advance. We accept payments through credit and debit card with Paypal and, also, international wire transfers. You can always ask us for a free sample of our work before committing to our services.

EU COSTUMERS WILL BE CHARGED IN EUR (€) AND WILL BE CHARGED WITH 23% VAT, EXCEPT IF THEY HAVE A VALID EUROPEAN VAT NUMBER.
ALL OTHER COUNTRIES WILL BE CHARGED IN USD ($) AND ALL USD PRICES ARE FINAL, VAT OR TAXES INCLUDED.