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Audio Mastering
The idea
I have worked on audio mastering projects since 1986. Mastering requires both technical and creative insight. The latter is often forgotten in favour of the technical parts.
I think an audio mastering engineer should be aware of what an artist wants to express. That is why it's called EARLabs : Studio for Creative Mastering. Read more about my mastering philosophy at: 15questions

contact info:
550(AT)earlabs.org
EARLabs at soundcloudfacebook
I usually respond within one day. Rush job? No problem, we'll try and get you started ASAP.

The process
These days most communication is done via The Internet. You send me your work online via Wetransfer or Dropbox. We discuss the material and I set to work. A first testrender is presented within two workdays. We exchange thoughts and I do a second render or present you the final master. You just sit back and relax.
Listen to some mastering samples here

Read about my restoration work here.

Other things that I do:
EARLabs at Bandcamp
Jos Smolders at Bandcamp
Jos Smolders at Discogs

Clients
Pierre Henry, Geometric Horsehair, BJ Nilsen, Scanner, Merzbow, Jozef van Wissem, Kapotte Muziek, Sergio Sorrentino, Machinefabriek, Staalplaat Soundsystem, Anne Chris Bakker, Sonisk Blodbad, Radboud Mens, Michel Banabila, Terje Paulsen, Core Shift, Jan M. Iversen, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Mark Tamea, Ben Carey, Beequeen, Ben Gwilliam, Denis Kolokol, Jason Zeh, John Kannenberg, Vinyl On Demand, Soft Error (audio for video), Staplerfahrer, Atty Bax (audio for video), Wouter Jaspers, Frans De Waard, THU20, Aosmosis,  Arturas Bumsteinas, Nils Rostad, Roel Meelkop, Yui Onodera, Tobacconists, Stephen Hurrel (audio for video), Lasse Marc Riek, David Velez and many others.......


Fees
ALBUM
Standard fee for mastering a CD is 300 USD or 250 euros. Same counts for vinyl (yes, I do vinyl and better than most). If this exceeds your budget don't let this prevent you from contacting me. If you have an interesting project or idea then we will certainly work things out. And once we start off, I don't stop until you're satisfied.. Having your music mastered by someone else is ALWAYS a good idea.
I can provide DDP masters if your pressing plant prefers those (35 USD extra fee)

TRACK
If you have only one track then the fee is 50 USD for the first 5 minutes. Following periods of 5 minutes are 25 USD.

Co-production
I am open to suggestions of co-producing your release.

Label
If you own a LABEL please contact me so we can discuss special rates.


Audio restoration
If you want to re-release your older material I can restore and remaster. Scanner's release on Sub Rosa is an example of such a project. The original material was all old DAT tapes with heavily compressed and limited sound that has been brought back to normal rates and then carefully remastered.



Restoration samples of the Scanner project

Mastering samples of a forthcoming album by Tobacconists

contact info:
550(AT)earlabs.org
EARLabs at soundcloudfacebook
I usually respond within one day. Rush job? No problem, we'll try and get you started ASAP.