Vinyl Mastering

Audio mastering service for lacquer cutting and DMM (Direct Metal Mastering)

Competent Partner

Since 2006, we have been creating audio vinyl masters for our customers.

International Representation

Active in over 50 countries with numerous vinyl records mastered by us.

Top Customer Service

We are here to provide competent support and advice on vinyl mastering.

Vinyl Mastering Service

In the world of music production, the quality of vinyl mastering plays a crucial role. Every music enthusiast knows that not all physical records are the same. Despite the digital medium's trend in recent decades, many music lovers remain loyal to vinyl records for good reason: The unmistakably balanced sound of a vinyl record remains unmatched to this day. Musicians and producers should keep in mind the unique aspects of audio mastering for vinyl. There are some differences to consider compared to online mastering for streaming platforms!

The Vinyl Mastering Service at Peak Studios optionally includes:

  • Consultation on the manufacturing process (lacquer cutting or DMM)
  • Advice on side length, vinyl size (12, 10, or 7 inches), and playback speed (e.g., 33 or 45 rpm)
  • Recommendations for the ideal track arrangement and pause times
  • Digital test pressing (including pickup simulation, system noise, crackle, and clicks)

What others say about us

MØZ HEADMØZ HEAD ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Top service, quick answers, super good mastering! We respond immediately to requests or changes! I can only recommend it!Response from the ownerThanks Simon. Gladly again! PRPR ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Very impressive on-site mixing training. Learned a lot, and in hindsight I had a better ear and feel for mixing. The first step is completed. ThanksResponse from the ownerThank you very much! Lovely again! Finally made it recordsFinally made it records ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Honestly, this is so far the best mixing and mastering services I have had after years of setbacks to find great ones. This is over now because Peak studio brings me quality and professionalism. Furthermore, they also advise me to improve my project. In some way they are more than engineers, they are genius!!Response from the ownerThank you very much! We are looking forward for future projects! Matthi MuMatthi Mu ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ We have had our songs mixed and mastered at Peakstudios since 2012! The sound and work quality is excellent! Every wish will be fulfilled. Peakstudios works efficiently and orders are processed as quickly as possible! 100% recommendation and no other online studio would be an option for us! Here's to the next 12 years :-)Chris' best man! Kind regards, MatthiResponse from the ownerThank you very much! Here’s to the next 12 years! Luke HütterLuke Hütter ★★★★ ☆ It's quick and special requests are taken into account. Price/performance is okay. So it can only be recommended.Response from the ownerThank you very much Luke. Gladly again! José Leon afonsoJosé Leon afonso ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Great professionals, maximum quality in service, rapidity and great detail with detailed explanations. 100% recommended.Response from the ownerMuchas gracias. Fue muy divertido and a great song. ¡Con mucho gusto de nuevo en cualquier momento! Chris MollerChris Moller ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I would like to thank you very much for your cooperation. The communication is great and time is taken to work together on the sound - this includes both technical and creative aspects. The Peak Studios are recommended to everyone - whether beginner, advanced or professional. Gladly again, ✍🏻.Response from the ownerThank you very much, dear Chris. Until the next song! Martin MayerMartin Mayer ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A really, really good decision to hire this team! Very reliable and good communication. High quality in both vocal editing and mastering. Requests for changes were always responded to quickly and implemented.Response from the ownerThank you very much Martin. Again any time. We are looking forward to many more productions to come😊 TheQuadraphonixTheQuadraphonix ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ First-class service, absolutely professional work and in record time! Chris is also really likeable and supported my project with a level of support that is second to none! In every respect, a high level of customer orientation and service philosophy that you rarely find today! Now I have not only received an excellent master's degree, but with the help of his mix analysis I have also received really great tips and helpful information on the subject of mixing, from which I will benefit greatly in the future! I can absolutely recommend Peak Studios and am happy to have discovered this excellent studio! Update: I have now had my third track mastered by Chris and am once again completely thrilled with the result! Simply amazing when you hear the mix that was sent for mastering in A/B comparison to the mastering from the Peak studios! The money is absolutely worth it because you simply get a result that sounds extremely good on any system, in the car, on headphones or other sound transducers! That's what I call professional! So my unreserved recommendation continues: Peak Studios 👍Response from the ownerMany thanks for the great feedback. Again any time! Robert VilligerRobert Villiger ★★★★ ☆ It was my first production ever! Trust in the professionalism of Peak Studios had to be established with the results of their work. Now, after completing the job, I and the musicians involved are sure that we got good-sounding and professional work for the investment (stem mastering)! Thank you!Response from the ownerThank you very much Robert. Again any time! Nick NeuburgerNick Neuburger ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Response from the ownerThank you very much Nick! Dave KoonenDave Koonen ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Great company with a very good service. They really take the time to advise their customers and help them achieve the best quality.Response from the ownerThx very much. We are looking forward for upcoming projects! Moritz NepomukMoritz Nepomuk ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ For a long time I thought about whether I should try professional mastering on my Christmas song of a different kind... Then I just did it. And I have to say: I am pleasantly surprised. The processing was really quick and the result was really impressive. This definitely won't be the last time I choose Peak Studios!Response from the ownerA very original Christmas song! Was a lot of fun! DEEMAHDEEMAH ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I am absolutely satisfied with the result (stem mastering). Communication was also top. Thank you!Response from the ownerThank you very much. Lovely again! Stefan HärleStefan Härle ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fast, high quality and very competent. Will come again!Response from the ownerHello dear Stefan. Thank you very much for the great feedback. We are all looking forward to further productions with you and wish you a blessed Christmas season Raphael loRaphael lo ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Chris is a super nice guy. I took two online lessons with him to get feedback and tips on my songs. Helped me a lot! I'll probably have one or two songs mastered here in the future. I'm looking forward to the results.Response from the ownerThank you very much Raphael - happy to come back at any time! RSRS ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Very quick, uncomplicated and professional. Top!Response from the ownerThank you very much Roland! Always my pleasure! MRS. BeVatMRS. BeVat ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fast response, fast processing time and the most important thing at the end: “Very good result”. Thank you Chris!Response from the ownerThank you very much. Always my pleasure! Rupert MRupert M ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I had my album (10 songs) mixed and mastered by Chris in the studio in Würzburg. For me it was a great experience and a real pleasure to be able to look over the master's shoulder at work. I'm absolutely happy with the result - the sound quality is now finally where it should be and takes the whole music to another level. It pops really nicely! Thanks for that Chris, and of course for the cool sessions and your hospitality. Until next time 🙂 Greetings RupertResponse from the ownerThanks Rupert! You know... glass is nothing compared to that!🤣 Until the next hit album!💪😎 Tom Siccard HartwigTom Siccard Hartwig ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Top!Response from the ownerThank you 😊 thomsen81thomsen81 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I had online mixing lessons with Chris. He knows what he's doing and conveys his knowledge competently and friendly. He addresses my questions, brings his own insights that are helpful for the topic. It was educational, fun and, above all, my mix has improves significantly. :) Would love to do it again soon!Response from the ownerThank you very much Thomas for the great review. Lovely again! Oliver BorchersOliver Borchers ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I received both detailed mix feedback and an analog mastering for my EDM track from Chris. The combination of the mix feedback and my subsequent adjustments worked wonders, and Chris's mastering gave the track a truly fantastic finish. I am extremely satisfied and will happily use the service again soon!Response from the ownerThank you very much for the detailed review for our mix feedback and mastering. Lovely again! Til BayerTil Bayer ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I had the opportunity to visit Chris at his Peak Studios for a lesson and bombarded him with my questions. As a beginner, his tips and recommendations were a great help to me and I was able to gain a lot of valuable input in a short time. Chris responds to inquiries very quickly and reliably, he knows exactly what he is doing and shares his experience on a level playing field. Thank you for that Insights into your work! That was a lot of fun, and I'd love to do it again!Response from the ownerThank you very much. The mixing and mastering lessons were definitely a lot of fun. Very, very happy again! Hans BaumgartenHans Baumgarten ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ First-class quality with impressive working speed! A big movie theater! Communication also went smoothly and quickly. I am absolutely thrilled and would do it again at any time. The price is also completely reasonable! Thank you!!Response from the ownerThank you very much. Until the next song! Tom GürkeTom Gürke ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Chris answers quickly and the mastering was completed within 2 days. I can highly recommend it for those who need good performance in a short time for a good price.Response from the ownerThank you very much, dear Tom. It was a lot of fun putting the finishing touches to your song in the mastering. Good luck with the number! Anna LuciaAnna Lucia ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ For the first time, I had online mastering done for 2 songs for a vinyl single. The result is fantastic. I can only recommend Peak Studios. Chris always responded very quickly to change requests. Communication over the phone was always very pleasant. Looking forward to the next vinyl project. Regards, Francisco.Response from the ownerYou're very welcome! We look forward to a long-lasting collaboration. It was a lot of fun giving your songs the final touch for vinyl! Tomas de VriesTomas de Vries ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Chris and his team did a great job from the beginning till the end.They answered emails really fast (also on Sunday!). We asked for a test version (which its costs were subtracted from the end price!). He made some improvements, and conveyed perfectly with our taste.We are really satisfied with the final versions of our songs. We're coming back soon!Audio feverResponse from the ownerThank you very much. We are also looking forward to master the next songs! Carl Matthias ScheelCarl Matthias Scheel ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I'm very glad I chose Chris and Peak Studios. Initially, Chris provided me with a comprehensive mix analysis, laying the foundation for a significantly improved mix. Then, in stem mastering, he brought our new song to a level that simply brings joy to everyone listening. Thank you very much for the great collaboration, and until next time!Response from the ownerThank you very much for the great review Carl! We are also looking forward to many more great projects with you! Richie McCann (Phunklore)Richie McCann (Phunklore) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fair pricing, good communication and a quick turn around. The sound achieved was exactly what I was looking for, radio quality. Will use againResponse from the ownerThanks a lot. We are looking forward for future projects! S. BaderS. Bader ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I had several fully mixed songs mastered by Chris and I have to say that my expectations were really exceeded. This definitely improved the sound result again. Communication was very good throughout the entire process and all requests were addressed. The whole thing is also reasonably priced. Especially when you consider what you actually get for your money. I can really only recommend Peak Studios. Keep it up!Response from the ownerThank you very much for this great review. We look forward to many more great projects with you and wish you lots of success with the release and lots of listeners! Christoph KlinglerChristoph Klingler ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Absolutely great! Comprehensive and great advice. Very friendly and helpful. I am very satisfied with the execution of the service ordered.Response from the ownerThank you very much, dear Christoph. We look forward to further analog mastering projects with you! Kev FuryKev Fury ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Hello everyone. We booked Mr. Chris Jones for a lesson where we were shown the standards of mixing and mastering. Chris responded very well to our wishes and questions and we were able to take a lot with us! In the end he mastered my first song to the highest level. Hammer! Would recommend Peak Studios to everyone! Friendly and committed person Chris 👍🏼 Greetings KevinResponse from the ownerThank you very much, dear Kevin. It was a pleasure getting to know you and it was a lot of fun introducing you to the techniques involved in mixing and mastering. I wish you a lot of success with the first release TFMTFM ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I give Peak Studios and especially Chris, who mixed and mastered a song (genre: Electronica) of mine, 5 stars! What Chris got out of the raw material is remarkable. Requests for changes were also addressed without any problems after the first mixdown. I also thought it was great that the contact was personal (first contact by telephone). Best regards, ThomasResponse from the ownerThank you very much, dear Thomas. On behalf of the team, I look forward to further projects with you and thank you for the great review. Niklas KoelblNiklas Koelbl ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Super quality, super friendly support and very quick responses. I'm very satisfied.Response from the ownerThank you Simon CwSimon Cw ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fast and competent assistance!Response from the ownerMany thanks 😊 The KeyThe Key ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Very quick and highly professional processing of our mastering. The difference to the raw recordings is amazing and surprised us very positively. We'll definitely be back with new recordings......Response from the ownerThank you very much. Lovely again! Luke KraftLuke Kraft ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Chris is super nice, answers quickly and works very professionally. The sound from the analogue master is great and exactly what I wanted. I can only recommend it!Response from the ownerMany thanks Luca. Again any time! Alexander NickmanAlexander Nickman ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Top!Response from the ownerThank you 😊 Justus GarbeJustus Garbe ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Very fast response and great result!! I really like the analogue mastering of my song, it really touches me. It even got some of the vibe of the reference song. I'm impressed with your work and looking forward to next time!Response from the ownerThank you very much. We are happy too! Kevin SchullerKevin Schuller ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The recording quality in the studio is excellent. I recorded a podcast at Peak Studios. Very quick post-processing, great end result, fair price.Response from the ownerThank you very much. We look forward to further episodes 😊 Alexander MutAlexander Mut ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ perfecto. Fast reliable and high-quality processing 👍🏻Response from the ownerThank you very much. Gladly again! Leander KramerLeander Kramer ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5 Stars! Chris was super nice and responded exactly to our ideas. In addition, everything went super fast - including the change requests. Thank you again at this point. Definitely recommendable!Response from the ownerThank you very much, we look forward to many more productions with you! Yup SlkYup Slk ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Top!!! Uncomplicated, respectful and polite.I am more than satisfied with the end result.The wishes are taken into account and implemented immediately.There is nothing to complain about, this is how a good cooperation is imagined.Price-performance ratio: A1.Response from the ownerThank you very much. Very very gladly again! MacGyverMacGyver ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Top service, top sound, top guy! MacGyver is very satisfied! THX Chris!Response from the ownerThx a lot🙃 Seebob86Seebob86 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I'm recording at home and the recording conditions are definitely not ideal. In that sense I'm really excited about what Chris was able to get out of the recording. My ideas were implemented exactly and it really brought the sound forward. In addition, a very friendly contact with very fast response times. Gladly again for my next projects!Response from the ownerWe can only give that back. Was very pleasant and a high musical level! Philip SeifertPhilip Seifert ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ mega sound and competent and very friendly adviceResponse from the ownerThank you very much. Again any time! Ramon Rodler (As The Starlight Dies)Ramon Rodler (As The Starlight Dies) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Super satisfied | super friendly and fast contact | very competent advice and well-founded tips | absolutely satisfying mixing result .. and all without a long wait. The next track upload will definitely come 🙂Response from the ownerThank you Ramon. Lovely again! Edreziever EdrezieverEdreziever Edreziever ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I'm thrilled with the result, great mixing/mastering, always happy.Response from the ownerThanks, see you next song! Massive dynamic beatsMassive dynamic beats ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Chris' classes and work are excellent. Had a few tracks mastered by him in the second session. Terrific! Very soon again!Response from the ownerLovely again! Was a lot of fun RailRail ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Simply great: Very nice, always constructive contact in advance and then "in the middle". And the end result (mix and mastering digital) totally excites me. The difference to my own attempt is like day and night. Many thanks to Chris for the professional work and see you next song!Response from the ownerThank you 😊 gladly again! JS_Loader
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Listen to the Result before Production in the Pressing Plant

We are proud to be one of the few recording studios specifically trained and certified to use specifically trained and certified and simulation software that provides us with a preview of the final vinyl product during the mastering process. This software allows us to simulate the sound in conjunction with various pickups and turntables, offering significant advantages .

Precision before Production

Unlike traditional test pressing on copper foil, our software allows for a more accurate representation of how your album will sound on vinyl. Copper foil, due to its material characteristics, is less flexible than vinyl and can exhibit sound differences compared to the lacquer cutting process (the finished record).

Clear Metrics

Our simulation software provides comprehensive information on relevant metrics such as groove space and stylus excursion. This makes it easier to precisely calculate and plan the cut for the engraving or embossing of your vinyl record.


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Vinyl Mastering Prices

Pricing for vinyl mastering is an important consideration when choosing the right mastering studio, especially when it comes to a specialized area like vinyl mastering. Therefore, we have tried to make this as transparent as possible . For larger projects, we are happy to offer generous discounts !

Vinyl mastering costs

Mastering specially made for vinyl pressing. Playback in the highest vinyl master quality.
from 60 per song *
  • Manufacture according to the guidelines of the press shop.
  • 2 revision versions included.

Vinyl Stem Mastering Costs

Mastering of subgroups. Stem mastering allows for a more in-depth processing of your audio masterial.
from 40 per stem **
  • Analog mastering of subgroups.
  • 2 revision versions included.

Vinyl mixing costs

Our vinyl online mixing guarantees an analogue sound experience with a unique New York sound.
from 120 per song *
  • Analog mixing of a stereo mixdown.
  • 2 revision versions included.

*Stereo mastering = 1 stereo track. When uploading multiple group tracks, the vinyl stem mastering is automatically booked.
** at least 2 stems

Prices include VAT


In our free mix analysis you can find out whether your track can be refined for vinyl mastering.

From Vinyl Mastering to the Finished Record

Our service goes beyond just vinyl mastering: If we know the pressing plant, we closely collaborate with the cutting studio before and during mastering to ensure the best possible translation of audio data onto vinyl .

If needed, we can also connect you with certified pressing plants that handle the production of your records after mastering. We aim to pave the complete path to perfect vinyl records for you.


Your upload to Peak Studios

First select the type of processing and then the desired service. You can find a price overview on our website Prices page.

You can choose whether you want to upload your audio files directly or later . For the later upload you will receive a separate upload link after booking (no further data entry required). If you have any questions about data delivery or the production process, you can find all the information in our FAQ section. For cost estimates please use our Contact form.

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Our vinyl mastering customers

Connie Conrad
I have been working with Chris for many years. His mastering stands out from other mastering studios because he feels the mood and musical style of the tracks, rather than focusing on extreme loudness in the loudness war. His sensitive mixing and mastering skills are rare to find on this planet!
Marco Matic

Top mixing and mastering studio! The boss, Chris, is super friendly and accommodated all my special requests... excellent results. I can highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of the music genre!

Frank Rest
Great work done in a short amount of time. Quick response time in communication, immediate assistance with questions. Excellent audio mastering, and a very fair price. I'll gladly work with Chris again on the next project. Everything went smoothly! Thank you very much, Chris!

Vinyl Mastering FAQ

Some believe that you need to create two separate masters for vinyl and digital release . This isn't necessary if you avoid excessive loudness through hyper-compression or excessive brilliance in the highs, as is common today. The track would sound wonderful on a vinyl record, and there would be no need to create two different masters for your music. However, in today's digital age, this practice is often followed.

Therefore, it usually makes sense to create an additional master for vinyl (vinyl mastering) because it is often not as sharp in the highs, and several other crucial factors, such as stereo width, dynamics, and loudness, significantly influence where the track sits best on the record. In our mastering tips, there are some things to consider when online mastering for a vinyl record to achieve a good sound for your music.

The mono-compatibility is particularly important when it comes to vinyl. Loud sounds with strong attack times can be problematic, and if exaggerated, they can cause the needle to skip. On the other hand, strings and pad sounds should receive less emphasis in the vinyl master. The goal is to have a strong mono center, starting at around 300 Hz and below. This doesn't mean that everything must be in mono, but rather, more attention should be paid to this aspect because excessive stereo width can lead to a high stylus excursion. This not only affects the cutting level but also the groove space usage.

In vinyl mastering, it's essential to remove or reduce stereo information in the bass region to achieve a rich and central low-end sound and avoid needle skipping on the record. Since the track should breathe, compression should be used carefully. The goal is to gently attenuate only the peaks with a low threshold value, rather than turning the entire song into a dynamic uniformity.

A track intended for vinyl release should maintain a certain level of dynamics to sound good and clean on a record. The approach may vary depending on the genre and the song itself. It's important to avoid processors that add overtones, such as an exciter, which can make the record sound "shrill" When it comes to vinyl mastering, special attention should be paid to high frequencies (S-sounds). If no precautions are taken, they can become either "muddy" or too "sharp". These considerations arise due to the nature of vinyl production.


In EQ'ing, I apply a low-cut filter at around 40Hz to minimize any potential rumble on the record. A high-cut filter is used to limit the upper frequencies. For vinyl mastering, 17kHz is a good starting point because a record may not faithfully reproduce frequencies beyond that range. Experiment with different filter slopes to achieve a very gentle roll-off With a gentle roll-off (e.g., 6 dB or a maximum of 12 dB/octave slope), you can set your high-cut EQ for vinyl mastering at 15 kHz.

In the case of "Half-Speed Vinyl Mastering" using the lacquer cutting process , it's even possible to reproduce a frequency response up to 25kHz. This is because it operates at 16 2/3RPM instead of the standard XNUMX XNUMX/XNUMX RPM. The advantage of this approach is that it significantly improves the precision of transferring all information during vinyl mastering. As a result, you have fewer distortions , better transient response, and benefit from greater dynamic range.


As mentioned earlier, S-sounds can make a record sound "shrill". To avoid this, I'll describe two approaches:

  1. Using the bandpass filter of a de-esser, we search for the "sharp" frequency, which can range between 3-10 kHz (depending on the song). Afterward, you carefully adjust the de-esser. This should be done with sensitivity to avoid attenuating too much of the specific frequency. It always depends on the song, so it's difficult to provide exact values. This is a technique  used not only in vinyl masteringbut can be particularly important here to ensure a clean sound on the record. For the pros: Adjust the octave above the centre frequency accordingly. 
  2. An alternative approach is to use an EQ. With the EQ, we also search for the specific frequency and make a narrow cut (high Q-value) of -1 to 5 dB. This will affect the entire track's tonal colour, which can be intentional. There is NEVER  one perfect solution.


Stereo information  in the bass region is not only removed for vinyl mastering, but it's essentialto prevent needle skipping. It sounds better overall when the bass is more central. To achieve this, you can use a high-pass filter to remove low frequencies from the side signal. This can theoretically be accomplished with any audio processor that has a mono bass control .

When using Compressors in vinyl mastering, caution is advised. The track should be allowed to breathe. Low ratio values are used (1,1:1 – 1,6:1). The threshold value is kept low to prevent the compressor from gripping too strongly and to only gently attenuate the peaks. M/S compression is also a suitable option, allowing the side signal to be processed separately from the mono signal. Lastly, the track order on the record should be determined. The closer you get to the centre of a record, the worse the representation of high frequencies and their transientsbecomes. Therefore, the track with the most "Brilliance" should be placed at the beginning.

Brilliance , in our context, refers to the addition of high frequencies in the range of approximately 6-20 kHz, a process that is relevant in vinyl mastering. It's crucial to avoid large level jumps and extreme energy weighting in the upper kHz range in the mix because, due to the manufacturing process, cutting, and the nature of vinyl, this can lead to the pressing plant rejecting the production. Even worse, it can cause the record or the needle on the record to start skipping, and your music won't sound good. This can be mitigated by aiming for lower overall loudness levels - , typically between -12 and -20 LUFS (but please don't hold us to these exact values). Of course, you can press "loud" songs on vinyl, but this often involves compromises in terms of resolution, groove space usage, and cutting level.

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