Sleeping Giant Music is proud to announce the launch of Distinct Mastering, a company under the SGM umbrella that can be a big asset to producers. We can handle all of your mastering needs including stereo mastering, stem mastering, and mixing services. In order to make producers’ lives a bit easier, Distinct Mastering will be posting weekly content with the best tips and tricks to learn and improve your music production techniques!

In this video, Freddie from Distinct Mastering shows you how to avoid mistakes when hiring a mastering engineer and gives seven tips to help you avoid audio mastering scams. Mastering is not a one size fits all approach, every song or album must be given the proper care and attention to detail that it deserves.


0:00 Start
00:41 Don’t Hire A Mix Engineer
00:54 Listen To Their Work
01:17 Get Things Fixed In the Mix
01:31 Listen In Multiple Sources
01:57 Do Not Master MP3s
02:13 Turn Off Processing
02:26 Don’t Hire Off Looks
02:46 Outro


  1. Don’t Hire A Mix Engineer – Mixing and mastering are two completely different things.
  2. Listen To Their Work – Be sure the mastering engineer showcases before and after samples of their work. You can listen to some before and after samples HERE.
  3. Get Things Fixed In the Mix – Always make sure the mastering engineer pushes back and gets things fixed in the mix if there is a problem. It’s always best to push back and get things fixed in the mix.
  4. Listen In Multiple Sources – Listen to your mix in multiple sources before sending to mastering and make sure you love your mix in all of the sources.
  5. Do Not Master MP3s – Don’t ever hire anyone willing to master MP3’s. MP3’s should NEVER be mastered.
  6. Turn Off Processing – Make sure to turn off all the processing on your master buss.
  7. Don’t Hire Off Looks – Make sure you don’t hire a mastering engineer just because they have a big fancy studio or lots of gear.

Thanks for watching this video and hopefully it helps you avoid mistakes when hiring a mastering engineer. Make sure to subscribe on YouTube HERE for weekly tips and tricks. All first time clients receive a free stereo mastered sample, inquire HERE to get your free sample.