As a mastering engineer, I strive to bring your project to its full potential. The final step in production before distribution, mastering involves balancing and optimizing the tone, dynamics and stereo imaging of each song - and in the case of an album, bringing them together into a unified whole with proper sequencing and transitions between songs. I deliver digital master files that can be used for digital distribution or submission to CD or vinyl manufacturers.
In working on each project, I draw upon a diverse musical and engineering background, including:
- an ongoing career as a touring, gigging and recording electric and acoustic bassist
- 4 years as a full-time architectural acoustics consultant for an international consulting firm.
- live sound engineering & studio recording at clubs and studios throughout San Francisco
- a BA in Music with a minor in Physics from Duke University, where I studied bass with John Brown and acoustics with Dewey Lawson.
I'm based in San Francisco, where I work out of a purpose-built, acoustically treated mastering studio in my home. Having my own space allows me the flexibility to charge a low flat rate per song that is affordable for the working musician. I take great pride in my work and I believe in working with each artist until they are fully satisfied with their finished product.
Digital Mastering (revisions and alternate file formats included) - $90/song
Alternate Mixes (radio edits, clean versions, vinyl masters, instrumental versions etc) - $10/file
"My experience with Jonathan was great. He got everything done in a timely manner and did a beautiful job mastering the music. He was professional, attentive and it was a pleasure to work with him."
-Kelly Finnigan, Monophonics
"Jonathan was fantastic to work with. He stepped in on a project that was experiencing some setbacks and put the whole thing back on track. He gave our record a sound we love and he did it faster than we could have even hoped for."
-Chris Tye, Vandella
"Jonathan was able to take an eclectic array of song styles and meld them together with pristine clarity. He was great to work with, calm and content, like a yoda behind the control board."
"Jonathan is professional and will work with you until you are satisfied with the final product. The fact that I continue to go to him for mastering speaks for itself!"
"As a producer/arranger who works with a variety of acoustic instruments, the dynamic range and "air" in a mix is always a big concern for me and Jonathan has been specially careful with it... he was very detail oriented and made sure we had enough recalls until we were all satisfied with the final product. "
-Nahuel Bronzini, Producer/Arranger/Musician, Camille Mai Trio, Magik Magik Orchestra
"Jonathan is one of those guys with bionic ears."
-Kyle Lesley, Recording Engineer
"He will make your recordings sound excellent."
"Jonathan is extremely professional, patient, quick, and easy to work with. He works with artists to make sure that the finished product reaches its full potential, and puts a lot of care into his work. I definitely plan on working with him in the future."
-M. Lockwood Porter
-Avi Vinocur, Goodnight, Texas
"We were blown away by the final master. Unlike some commercial mastering options, working with Jonathan was personable, flexible and detailed... he's a phenomenal musician and engineer with the ears of an owl and the pace of a hummingbird."
-Chris Lynch, Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra
"I've worked with mastering engineers in the past who just made my recording louder... he left me with a rich, warm, timeless record which was precisely what I was going for."
Partial list of artists whose work I've mastered:
8 Bit Weapon
Anastasia Van Wingerden
Andrew St. James
Baird & Beluga
Brand New Trash
Danielle Ate The Sandwich
Dead Country Gentlemen
Echoes & Artifacts
Emily Anne Band
Far Out Corners
Ghost & Gale
Jenny & Jimbob
Kraak & Smack
Letting Up Despite Great Faults
Little Brother Rye
M. Lockwood Porter
Maps & Atlases
Mark Montgomery French
Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra
Planes On Paper
Saturday Looks Good To Me
Shake Your Peace!
Six Steps North
Spence & The Dust-Ups
The Blank Tapes
The Campbell Apartment
The Cloud Room
The Lady Crooners
The Old Grey Whistle Test
The Plastic Arts
The Spinto Band
Trans Van Santos
We Became Owls
Will Magid Trio
Wish You Were Whateverglades
You Be My Heart
You're Going To Die
Youth of the Beast
If you think I would be a good fit for your project, or have any questions, drop me a line:
jonathan.kirchner at gmail.com