My name is Clay Francis. I am an Edmonton based audio mastering engineer. I use a hybrid analog/digital signal chain to optimize your audio tracks for the most popular streaming platforms– Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Youtube– CD, cassette, or vinyl.
I value maintaining the integrity of a song’s mix, while optimizing fidelity and adding a ‘finished’ quality to the tracks. I have worked with artists in a variety of genres– jazz, RnB, hip-hop, punk, metal, blues– to make their music sound its best. I typically charge $70 per track, but may vary my rates based on the nature and requirements of your project. I can often provide single track test masters at no charge if you would like to get an idea of the value I provide before committing to a full album or EP.
What is mastering?
Mastering is a series of final processes applied to a stereo track before it is released. A mastering engineer uses EQ, compression, stereo adjustment, and saturation processes to bring a finished mix; where all the instrument levels, placement, and tones have already been set; up to its final listening volume for its intended medium of release. Additionally, a mastering engineer’s job is to also make sure that the audio will sound its best in a variety of listening environments including car stereos, phone speakers, and home hi-fi. As such, the mastering engineer plays a pivotal role in the way that music will be received by listeners.
Why work with me?
I am dedicated to making sure you are happy with the finished product. I feel personal investment in each project I work with. I can offer multiple revisions, and a top quality result for a much lower charge than other studios. I also value communication very highly. I will not compromise the integrity of the mixes that I am sent, and will instead enhance them to the best of my abilities.
What equipment do you use?
I use a hybrid analog/digital setup. On a digital end, I have a wide spread of plugins from Softube, Voxengo, Soundtoys, Waves and others. My analog chain is short, but will grow as I find pieces that I like in my workflow.
Converters: RME Fireface UCX; Processing: Drawmer 1978, Kush Clariphonic; Monitoring: Sennheiser HD600