Terms and Conditions

Magic Ears Mastering Online Mastering Service is committed to providing the best online mastering experience you’ve ever had. Here are our terms and conditions for doing business with us:

Our free song mastering offer
Despite Adam Matza’s long list of credits, we feel that all mastering studios should prove themselves to new clients. Therefore, we offer a full song mastering for free, to make sure you’re happy with the results. There is no catch–this is full mastering on one entire song (not a sample), and you are free to use that final master as you see fit. This offer only applies to new clients who have not worked with Magic Ears Mastering before, and there is a limit of one song per customer / project. The song itself must be in the normal pop / rock song time range–3 to 4 minutes, nothing over 5–since we can’t offer a free song and then be expected to master a 15-minute opus. We’re so confident in the quality of our mastering that we’re able to make this offer. The song will be handled just as though you’re a paying client from start to finish, and you’ll receive download information at the end just like a paying client.
Booking a mastering session
When we receive an email from you, or your uploaded file(s), we will respond with an email containing questions about your project. This helps us achieve the optimum results for your music, as we walk you through the information we need to know in order to best serve you. Once your answers are returned to us, your session is “booked” into the studio’s schedule. We stay in communication with you throughout the mastering process, so you’re aware of any extra work we need to handle, or questions we have about your music. The typical turnaround time is 48 hours.
Mixing sessions
Mixing is more involved than mastering, since it takes longer and requires us to intake your entire project session files. The more organized your project and files are when we receive them, the more time you’ll save, since the beginning of a mix session involves us organizing your tracks to optimize them for mixing. We stay in constant communication with you throughout the process, so you’re aware of any extra work we need to handle, or questions we have about your session layout. All final mixes must be approved (and payment received) by the client before we proceed to our special mixing session offer: any song mixed by Adam Matza at Magic Ears Mastering also receives full mastering for free. So, any song mixed with us is returned to you as a finished master, ready for release to radio, online or CD. Again, there is no catch–since mixing typically costs more than a mastering session, we feel this exclusive offer helps to offset your costs on the back end, and it also ensures that our mixes reach the outside world with the best mastering applied to them (our own!).

Mixing & mastering settings
The final mixes and masters created by Magic Ears Mastering are owned by you, and are transferred after your payment clears our account. The settings we use to create those mixes/masters, such as tape deck settings, outboard gear settings, plug-in settings, mix bus settings, or any other equipment settings used in the creation of your final product are not shared. In other words, no mastering or mixing project session files are returned to you, only the final result as a stereo mix or stereo master full-resolution WAV file. No EQ, compression, limiting, de-essing, or other processing settings are shared with our clients, nor are any files such as Soundblade or ProTools project files.

Additional charges, payments
Our rates are subject to change, with the updates posted on the Magic Ears Mastering website. Any taxes (such as sales, use, or any other applicable taxes) are the responsibility of the client, and will be billed before finished files are released. Any extra shipping, handling, or additional unforeseen expenses are billed to the client, again before finished files can be released. Final payment for all services must clear our account before any work begins.

On any project mastered at Magic Ears Mastering, we ask that the following be displayed in the liner notes or per song:

“Mastered by Adam Matza at Magic Ears Mastering”
On any project mixed (and therefore also mastered with our free offer), we ask that the following be displayed in your liner notes or per song:

“Mixed and mastered by Adam Matza at Magic Ears Mastering”

Any other creative titles such as producer, instrumentalist, or vocalist, etc. will be requested should Adam Matza fill those roles over the course of a project.

Our website
All text, pictures, and materials used within this website are the exclusive copyright of Magic Ears Mastering / Adam Matza unless otherwise noted. No reproduction or republishing of material from this website is allowed, in any form–physical, digital, or otherwise.

Legal indemnification
Magic Ears Mastering clients agree to indemnify and hold Magic Ears Mastering / Adam Matza harmless from any and all claims, damages, losses, or other expenses resulting from their project, in any form. That is including–but not limited to–copyright violations, trademark infringements, contractual violations between the client and third parties (record labels, publishing companies, management firms, etc), any violation from the client reproduction-distribution-performance of any project handled by Magic Ears Mastering / Adam Matza, or any infringement above and beyond anything described here. Your songs are your property, so please make sure you are not violating any contracts, copyrights, laws, or otherwise infringing on any rights when using your material, since Magic Ears Mastering / Adam Matza cannot be held responsible.
Music used on Magic Ears Mastering website
The copyrights for the music samples on Magic Ears Mastering’s website or News / Blog section (Adam Matza website) are held by their respective owners, and these samples are displayed solely to provide examples of Magic Ears Mastering / Adam Matza’s previous work. Magic Ears Mastering / Adam Matza earns no commission for any songs or albums sold via these links, as they are strictly non-commercial, non-affiliate links and meant to help the artists listed in marketing their music. Any songs embedded in the site, not via links to iTunes, are protected and “streamed” to prevent downloading. In the event that these songs are illegally breached in some manner, Magic Ears Mastering / Adam Matza is again held harmless from any and all resulting damages and claims. Any information gathered from our servers in the event of an online breach will be forwarded to the appropriate authorities (including but not limited to the RIAA, FBI, and others). Magic Ears Mastering / Adam Matza is also not responsible for the content of the music linked to or featured on the site… there may be explicit lyrical content in certain songs, so website visitors should use their own discretion when listening.