Nothing should be more important to an Indie music project than mastering. I’ll tell you why: With recording software made available to most anyone, recordings get made under all kinds of conditions. Sometimes what you are hearing while recording does not give a accurate picture of what you are actually putting down. Also, mixes and recordings are done by folks who are learning the craft, not ones with deep experience. Indie Music Mastering is the best bargain available to give you a “reality check” on your finished product. Put aside funds in your budget for mastering up front, not as an afterthought.
Even engineers who have years of hands-on background and multiple platinum hits have their recordings mastered as a matter of course. Mastering brings fresh perspective and unbiased ears. It cannot be done by the recording engineer, in the recording room, by definition. Even at bargain rates (or free), the room acoustics are the same as the recording and the engineer is the same as the recording. This allows a compounding of any potential mistakes and destroys the clean fresh approach in a known environment needed for valid mastering.
Good mastering will not remove the spontaneous feel of a raw recording. It will only enhance it. Good mastering will not make your recording sound too polished. It will allow the music to sound more “like itself” than before. The overall mood of the recording is up to you, the independent artist. Making that mood shine. Is up to me, your mastering engineer. Contact me with any questions and for a free sample of your music after mastering.