Hi, I’m Cefe, a mastering engineer offering online mastering services to indie artists, labels, hobbyists and producers.
I work with a range of analog and digital equipment, housed in my purpose-built mastering studio in Sydney, Australia. I pride myself on partnering with my clients, working with them until they get the sound they’re looking for.
My passion is helping new artists breakthrough, so I strive to keep my rates affordable to everyone. If you haven’t worked with me before, please go ahead and get started by requesting your free mastering sample and quote. I’d love to hear about your project.
See what people we’ve worked with have to say.
I recently worked with Cefe in my album and I'm really happy with the results and the experience overall.Attention to detail, great communication, and most importantly he cared about the final result of my music. He kindly gave me some useful tips & advice about the mixing and things that can be improved. Very patient as he gives you the chance to correct and tweak whatever it's needed to get the best result for your music....
Cefe knew exactly what my song needed and was able to describe that to me perfectly. I knew then exactly what he was going to do and how my song would turn out. It actually turned out better than expected. Interestingly, my recording was more live and minimal than most and he was able to appreciate what I was trying to achieve and enhance it. In my search for a mastering service I wasn't able to find this anywhere else...
Not only did Cefe do an absolute fantastic job mastering my track but i also found him very professional to work with and would recommend him to anyone. Not only did he get it spot on 1st time he also managed to beat all the online mastering algorithms and my mix buss ( Ozone 9 ). i can't thank him enough for his work and input. I was glad to have had this experience!
Cefe is a legend!He happily dedicated time and effort to make sure the project turned out great and was always patient and kind.He also deserves huge props for the FREE MASTERING SAMPLE service that he offers to his customers.Cefe Flynn Mastering deserves lots of attention and I would definitely recommend.Thanks again Cefe!
First off, Cefe Flynn offers a FREE sample of your mastered track BEFORE committing. That to me, was '5-stars' right out of the gate as an artist. It made me feel confident enough that this was an actual human person vs. these online quick-mastering services that really haven't a clue to true post-production done in genuine form. Cefe was awesome to deal with on a personal level and made my track sound like a major production recording...
Cefe provides incredible attention to detail and is patient and so dedicated to his craft. Having worked with a number of engineers previously-I found he really listened to what was requested and made things sound so much richer than what they were before-am very happy with the improvement in sound quality. A true professional.
My band, Brutalist Architecture in the Sun, like to put B-sides on our single releases and extra tracks and we have given him 4 tracks so far. It can be expensive doing stem mastering for these so we tried out Cefe Flynn to master these tracks. I went in sceptical but we have been really pleased with the results. Cefe is very responsive and produces great results. He is also very good to ensure the tracks we send him are the right quality...
We are Jo Kamel Band an indie band out of Vancouver Canada, Cefe Flynn is a master and mixing genius. I work with David Stone from Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and Max Webster he is my producer, Mentor and plays Hammond B-3 for the band. So after years of working with the best people in the music business. I know what I am talking about. Even Jo Kamel Bands Record Label, Bentley Records agreed this mastering Rocks!!!
I went to Cefe Flynn with a single track after a bad experience with a recording studio. Cefe guided me through the options and we recreated the song, replacing some instrument parts as we went along.The standout feature of Cefe's service is his incedible ability to interpret client aspirations. The quality of the finished work is amazing.
Hear the difference professional mastering can do for your music.
Stereo mastering is achieved with just one audio file. I will enhance your song to give you the optimum balance and loudness.
If you are happy with your mix and want that amazing final touch to give your track clarity and punch, then a stereo master will be perfect.
If you’re looking for a dramatic sonic enhancement, then stem mastering is for you. With stem mastering, you’ll send me groups of audio tracks from the project.
This gives me greater control over the final sound and allows me to fine-tune your mix’s main elements to perfection.
If there’s anything with your mix that might impact the final quality of the master, I’ll provide you with personalised feedback – free of charge. Need to remix a song to fix a problem? All good, I’ll master your track again.
Mastering is the finalization process where everything gets baked together. This is where the mix is perfected, and the track as a whole is worked on to give it shine, sparkle, volume, depth, punch and loudness.
During the mastering process, as an audio engineer, I will typically utilize different tools like compression, stereo width tools, limiters, maximizers, EQ, automation and more to ensure that the final master achieves the right levels to meet industry standards and the proper tone for your style of music.
You can learn more about what is mastering and why it is necessary at all here.
If you plan to release your music to the public, the benefits that come along with a professionally mastered track can be immense.
Today’s listeners have become accustomed to a certain sound in modern recorded music. Without mastering, you’re going to have a hard time convincing people that you’re a serious artist if your own tracks don’t measure up. Even the best songs can fall flat without mastering, so this part of the process is integral in representing your music how it was meant to be heard.
My first goal in mastering is to make something sound great and not exceed its loudness potential. Its loudness potential is the point above which the sound gets worse, anything louder is by definition a compromise.
I aim to get a sound for the master that the artist and/or label are happy with in terms of their vision for the track, and that is technically correct, and this can sometimes be an iterative process.
Online mastering services such as emastered.com; landr.com; ariamastering.com; cloudbounce.com and more use an algorithm to master tracks – meaning your music will typically not be heard by human ears – instead, your track is run through some software that automatically makes adjustments to volume, compression and EQ based on a formula the algorithm applies.
Algorithm-based mastering can come in handy when you want to get a glimpse at your track’s potential or when you want to check a mix against standardized processing. You may have a quick demo mix that you think sounds good, and perhaps you want to add some overall compression and limiting to get that “radio sound” through a volume boost.
However, these services do tend to work by applying a rubber stamp to each track because no one is actually listening. When you partner with a professional mastering engineer, you’ll receive the personal attention your music deserves, as well as the experience and specialized equipment that come along with a mastering engineer’s touch.
Additionally, a mastering engineer will be far more likely to offer the ability to make changes to a master after the first pass, giving you more freedom in getting the sound you’re after. You can read more about algorithm-based online mastering services here.
If you’re unsure, you’re more than welcome to request a free mastering sample, and compare the services yourself.
My rates are typically in the range of $75-$120 USD per track. Prices differ depending on the complexity of the project and the number of songs.
Fill in this form to get a quote for your project, and let me know your budget, particularly if you’re a new artist. We’ll see what I can do to make it work!
I work independently to keep overheads down compared to larger mastering studios which tend to be more expensive, such as Studios 301, Abbey Road Studios, MasterDisk, Bernie Grundman, Gateaway, Sterling and others.
Depending on the complexity, mastering projects generally take 48 hrs for singles and 3 to 7 days for EP/Albums. If you are working to a deadline and need a faster turnaround time, you will have the option to select Rush service while booking your next project.
I know hiring a stranger (who might be on the other side of the world!) to master your music can be daunting, so that’s why I’m happy to offer you a free mastering sample.
By getting a mastered sample of your song – you’ll be able to see how your mastered track sounds before you spend a cent and we’ll both know whether my mastering style is right for you. If you like what you hear, you will then have the option to buy your final masters ready to compete with the current top charted songs in your genre. Upload your track using this form, and you’ll get a sample within 72 hours.
If you are not happy with my work, you can contact me for free revisions within 30 days. I will do whatever it takes to meet your requirements during our revisions process.
If we decide that I am not the right person for your project after the revision process, contact me for a refund. My only requirement is that my mixes/masters are not released for sale or promotion and that refunds are requested within 30 days of receiving mixes or masters.
Payments are due after mastered tracks have been approved and before the release of all final deliverables.
Accepted payment methods are Paypal and Credit Card.
Short answer, please submit WAV file at project’s original sample rate (e.g., 44.1khz) and 24bit.
For more information, please see my guide on how to prepare your files for mastering here.
All deliverable files will be prepared as per your project-specific requirements. Standard delivery files included in all projects are: