RATES – 2024

As a supporter of new music Pete Maher offers lower rates to unsigned artists and independent labels worldwide ..

  • UNSIGNED ARTIST RATE – £32 per master.

  • INDEPENDENT LABEL RATE – £38 per master.

  • MAJOR LABEL RATE – From £75 per master depending on the project.

Message from Pete: All projects will be given my FULL attention. Rates are based on the artists financial background. I can’t offer lower rates to major labels and I wouldn’t feel good about charging full rates to unsigned artists. As a supporter of new music I believe that everyone deserves top quality professional mastering at a rate they can afford. Improving the quality of new music is a win win for everyone!

*Important: If you’re sitting on a fantastic single, EP or album then don’t throw it away by:

  • Mastering it yourself (unless it’s just a quick demo).

  • Allowing your producer to master it (average at best, how can he/she be objective? Same ears, same monitors, same room plus mastering is a completely different skill).

  • Using a low cost engineer with great site but average track record (average at best, always judge a tree by it’s fruit).

  • Using online algorithm based ‘robot mastering’ software. Well marketed but poor results. Designed for amateurs.

Pete Maher works at the very highest level in the industry, yet supports new artists and small labels. He gives each and every project the attention it needs and delivers warm, dynamic and fully optimized masters (iTunes and Spotify ready). He auditions and tests everything through radio compression as well as apples latest MFiT encoders and studio monitors. All Pete Maher masters are MFiT approved and eligible for the blue ‘Mastered For iTunes’ badge.
*Pete Maher is a leader in vinyl mastering and offers superb rates. Email Pete for more information.
For unsigned artists and independent labels looking for a sample we suggest that you book one song in for mastering at the lower rate. Pete will then master the track and send it back to you to approve. Revisions are included so the job will only be complete when you are 100% happy. This approved master will then be used as the benchmark for the rest of the project. The unsigned mastering rate is very popular with new artists so it’s best to book in ASAP.


  • Payment can be made via bank transfer or Paypal (with card option).
  • Pete will invoice you either way.
  • Like all professional studios offering online services we have a ‘Payment First’ Policy.
  • The ‘Payment First’ Policy is NOT personal but just based on years of chasing invoices etc.
  • All work includes revisions (if realistic).
  • Pete generally nails it first time every time (revision rate – 1 in every 122 masters).

Thought for the day: It’s definitely NOT a good idea to let your producer master your tracks! Same ears, same monitors, same room, same mindset makes it impossible for him/her to remain objective. Mixing and Mastering are two completely different areas of production. If you required heart surgery would you go to a vet?

Also: iTunes, Spotify and YouTube have introduced playback limiters to overcome the ‘loudness wars’ issue. Masters that are not MFiT approved run the risk of being compressed and turned down on playback. Now more than ever  your tracks need to be mastered by an official iTunes engineer.



Pete did a great job mastering ‘(AHK-toong BAY-bi) Covered’, not an easy task with 12 completely different sound sources from 12 different studios, he managed to make it sound as cohesive as the original, no mean feat indeed.

Dave Henderson
Project Manager – Q magazine

I’ve listened on my monitors, headphones, and laptop speakers and you’ve really captured the vibe perfectly, the balance of frequencies sounds great; bass sounds awesome, no snare harshness at all, vocals cut through and sit nicely, guitar sounds great, and the top end frequencies sound really nice. They sound absolutely incredible !!

Matt Basnett
Independent Producer

I just had a chance to hear your magic on our ‘London Loves You’ track! I really must say.. We are knocked out by the amazing difference you have made to the work. Nothing short of EXCELLENT. We are proclaiming you ‘THE MAN WHO DOES IT BEST! Based on the three mastered versions we now have.. Ding Ding.. Yours is infact SUPERIOR.. AND THE ONE WE WILL BE USING.

Scobie Ryder

Thanks for all your amazing work. Brilliant and dynamic!

Danton Supple
(Coldplay, Doves, Charlie Simpson)

Pete did a really great job and was extremely user friendly!

Declan Gaffney
(U2 Producer and Engineer)

Pete is quick, attentive and very professional. His ability is worth it’s weight in gold. Anyone thinking of doing the mastering process themselves, think again. Pete may hold the key for arriving in style. High class!

Arthur May

Pete Maher is just amazing. Though his pedigree with major labels and artists speaks for itself, it’s his massive passion for music that obviously inspires such great results, where his attention to detail, quality and an endless positive approach has been nothing short of inspiring. What a great guy and professional. I will be working with him on many projects to come. Thanks mate.

Steve Belgrave
(Rolling Stones, Beady Eye)

Superb results every time. Pete will bend over backwards until the client is happy. Very easy to work with, listens to everything you say to him and executes wishes well. I highly recommend him. Charlie Hoskyns-Abrahall, produced Shane McGowan and The Popes with Chris Brown (Radiohead, Beatles).

Charlie Hoskyns-Abrahall
Produced Shane McGowan and The Popes with Chris Brown (Radiohead, Beatles).

I met Pete whilst networking and looking for mastering services. His track record of the work he has done for major labels and established artists says it all. Yet when he engages in a project for an independent musician his work ethic is second to none with the same attention to detail putting the artist’s and songs needs first. A true professional with the music at heart. The industry needs more people like him.

Al Goodwin Music

Having spent 30 years in the industry working with various mastering engineers from Bernie Grundman to Sterling Sound to the The Townhouse etc I have not come across a more consistent mastering engineer than Pete Maher. Pete’s work is first class every time bar none. He delivers precision masters in a timely manner and on budget every time. I think he sets the standard of what modern day mastering is all about. You seriously can’t go wrong working with him.

Mike Puskas
CEO / Ikonic Artists

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