Cphonic Mastering

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Does your music truly compete?

Today's music industry is a completely different playing field than it used to be. Whether you're a major record label or an independent music artist, today you have just one chance to grab a listener's attention and get them to click "Buy Now." What is the main ingredient in capturing someone?

The Sound.

Unless you can compete sonically with the best of the Billboard Top 100, you're letting customers slip away. Your songwriting and performance may be more interesting and original than anything on the charts, but without reaching its full potential in sound quality, you'll be passed by for something that sounds bigger and better to the normal consumer.

Proper mastering of your music is the key.

Cphonic Online Mastering is an online mixing and mastering recording studio in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC area that gives your music the competitive edge you need in today's world. Cphonic provides audiophile, high-end online music mastering engineering for audio CD, online releases, film sound, and television sound. What makes Cphonic different from other mastering studios?

The first difference is owner Kevin McNoldy's 20 years of experience (Dave Matthews, Backstreet Boys, Seven Mary Three, Parachute, virtually all the major labels, and hundreds more) as a multi-platinum music producer, recording engineer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, mixing engineer, and mastering engineer. Kevin's proven track record of hundreds of successful productions and signed artists over the years means he is able to bring out the best in your songs. The mixing and mastering engineering stage of a project is critical… would you trust it to an engineer without a production background, or someone who has never played an instrument on an album (would you trust your car repair to a mechanic who has never driven a car)? Experience counts!

The second difference is Kevin McNoldy's education. His degree from Berklee College of Music and long history of major recording studio facility builds (Kevin previously built successful recording studios in Los Angeles, Nashville, Florida, and Virginia--his last commercial facility, Crystalphonic, was one of the largest and most well-equipped ever designed on the East Coast) gives him the unique perspective of designing, constructing, and wiring Cphonic himself, to the absolute highest standards. This is enhanced by an incredible world-class mastering equipment collection (including one of the few custom-built Aria-upgraded one-inch two track Ampex ATR-102 analog tape machines in the USA) and absolutely perfect acoustics. Would you let a doctor without an education, or the proper tools, perform surgery on you? Your music is no different… whether it requires a delicate touch or major reconstruction, your songs need the knowledge of someone who has designed, built, equipped, and operated multi-million-dollar studios to make it shine. Education counts!

The details

Most mastering studios hide their rates, or only offer a snippet of your song upfront to test their services. Some just post samples of their "before and after mastering" work online, which obviously doesn't help you hear what YOUR music will sound like with full mastering customized to bring out the best in your particular project. Cphonic approaches things differently. In fact, we're so confident you'll love our online mastering that we guarantee it completely:
Send us one song, and we'll master it for free.
Start to finish, we'll fully master your entire song, and hand you the high-resolution final version. Sell it online, make money with it, do whatever you like. We don't offer one or two minute "samples," we give you the real thing, because hearing your own mastered music versus your original mix is the only comparison that truly matters. We put our money where our mouth is… if you've never tried us before, you have nothing to lose. Sending us your music takes only a few clicks on our Upload page, or Contact Cphonic if you'd like to chat about your project.
Once you're satisfied with your free mastered song, here's our rate:
To fully finish your project with Cphonic Online Mastering, you'll pay just $75 per hour or per song, whichever is less. Want to save even more? Sign up for our email newsletter list and you'll get an instant 20% off that rate (so your total is $60 per hour or per song, whichever is less). Once you're "in the loop," you receive this discount FOR LIFE. Ready to save 20%? Contact Cphonic and verify you'd like to be added to our mailing list… it's that easy! We also provide mixing and production, if you need more (see More Details below).

More details

›Cphonic makes the best offer in the industry: Try our mastering engineering services for free on one song, to make sure we're the right studio for your project. If you're ready to go with a complete album master, you can get 20% off our rate by signing up for our email newsletter (bringing the price to $60 per hour or per song, whichever is less).

›Need mixing? You'll get the best rates in the industry matched with Kevin's proven track record as a top mixing engineer. The basic rate is $60 per hour for anyone on the email newsletter list, with discounts and caps for longer projects. The albums on each page of this website state what role Kevin played (music producer, recording engineer, mixing engineer, mastering engineer), and many are more than just mastering. Take a listen via the iTunes links, then Contact Cphonic to discuss your project. Another industry-first offer: If we mix your song, you get mastering for free. Whether it's a single or a full album, every song we mix gets free mastering.

›Need full production from the start? Kevin only takes on a handful of production clients each year, due to his mixing and mastering schedule. Contact Cphonic for more details!
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Recent quotes

Kevin's mastering skill and technical level is as good as it gets. He gets it perfect, on time, and on budget.
Producer-engineer Tim Coons, President of Rocket Records
Our one chance to impress worked because of Kevin McNoldy. He is now a part of my team for the long-haul.
Singer-songwriter Ashley McMillen
It was great working with Kevin. He was always very into the project. He is very worthy of confidence.
Singer-songwriter Gilbert Engle
Kevin McNoldy is a one of a kind audio engineer who is very passionate about his work. Mastering quality is superb.
Engineer-songwriter Robbie Kirsch
With a stellar sound, quick turnaround time, and ease of communication, Kevin did a great f&@%ing job.
Engineer Jack Gray of the band The Old Fourth
The sound was literally comparable to (or better than) anything on the radio or coming out of major record labels.
Singer-songwriter Julie Bernstein

Recent Projects

Monticello Road produced, mixed, mastered Kevin McNoldy

Monticello Road
produced, co-engineered, mixed, mastered, co-performance by Kevin McNoldy

Backstreet Boys

Backstreet Boys' Howie D
Live From Toronto
mastering engineer Kevin McNoldy

Ashley McMillen

Ashley McMillen
You and Me
mixing and mastering Kevin McNoldy

Dave Matthews "Some Devil" bonus disc mastered by Kevin McNoldy

Dave Matthews
Some Devil (Bonus Disc)
Live set mastered by Kevin McNoldy