Our Rates

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL RATES (ends June 30th 2015)

Mastering with Rick O'Neil, either attended OR unattended (must be paid for 50 % upfront at the time of booking to qualify).

Album (max 14 songs) = $1200 inc. GST

E.P Flat rate (max 7 songs) = $660 inc. GST

Per song flat rate = $137.50 inc. GST


MASTERING (Rates effective June 30 2013)

Per song rate: $165 inc. GST - attended or unattended with Rick O'Neil 

We make no distinction in price or quality so it’s the same rate whether you’re here at the session with us or not… but we’d love you to come along and attend.

Hourly rate: $220 inc. GST - attended or unattended with Rick O'Neil 
If for some reason, as often happens, your tracks already sound great, are consistent mix-wise and we find ourselves mastering 2 or even 3 songs in an hour, we change the session rate to charge by the hour and apply the lowest cost rate to the session… so we charge either by the hour or by the song, which ever is cheapest.

For budgets, quotes, short single or a few track sessions use the per song rate as an exact figure and over a longer session with more songs we generally end up charging by the hour and lowering the end price 25-35% .

Q . How do you know we will do the right thing by you with the final bill amount if we do not attend?

A. It's Turtlerock

Q. How many Mastering revisions do we get?

A. Hopefully, and usually, none. However on occasion we are requested to have another look at a track so we just sort what ever the issue is (it’s your record not ours). We understand.

All our work is guaranteed so relax about the mastering revisions, it’s not something we plan you will need. 



Mastering for one format only is included in our standard session price.

High resolution (24-bit, 96kHz files) with Mastering for iTunes pre approval. We are among the elite mastering studios that are now pre approved by Apple for creating their higher format MFiT masters.




We  can provide either

  • a master and listening references on CD-R (included in the price) 
  • a DDP master
  • standard .wav files and listening references over the net or on your hard drive if you bring it along (included in the price).

If you require two listed formats that are not the same we charge extra 
For example, standard global online .wav files at 16-bit 44.1kHz as well as Mastered for iTunes high resolution files or Vinyl mastering all at the same time requires substantially more work at our end.

Unsure? Contact us, we don't want to create a bunch of standard masters and then charge you a fortune for extras, nor do we want to spend 6 hours extra on your session for free, so lets talk.  There’s always a way to get things done at the minimum charge here at Turtlerock .

Production and Mixing
Rick O'Neil is back producing and mixing after taking a 7-year break from working the extended studio hours required for production while he nursed his children into the school years.

Several projects he worked on recently went straight out the door onto the radio, so If you want your music created or finished to a standard beyond your expectations just call and let’s see what’s what; it costs nothing to chat.

We have more experience making music that is heard out in the world and better equipment than just about anywhere you will ever in go in Australia.

The Platinum and Gold awards and global credits for records that Rick has worked on over decades are so extensive and the equipment we use at Turtlerock is simply beyond reproach. It’s hard to know what to tell a client who is unaware of our recording services.

Simply put, if Rick works on your record it will be done right, on time, on budget, every time.


$500- $700* inc. GST per track everything included (attended or remote) 
 *rates variable depend on the intensity of the sessions required. For example, a radio track for expected play in the top forty requires much more time 
than an nice little Sunday afternoon chill out acoustic record.

Q. How many mix revisions do we get?

A. Hopefully, and usually, none. However on occasion we are requested to have another look at a track so we just sort what ever the issue is (it’s your record not ours). We understand.

If you’re a tweaker make sure you come along to the mixes, you will appreciate the effort we go to to get it right.


$700-$1500 per day (including studio) 
Production rates are scalable to the project needs and expected outcome with royalties applied where appropriate.

We work from "as good as it gets” to "what can you do with our stinking ghetto budget?" 

Rick will work anywhere. It doesn't have to be Turtlerock, it can be a combination of places. He can bring along some his treasured equipment into your world if needed. 

We can work in locked down blocks of time or dribs and drabs, it’s just the state of the music business today. We understand budgets and timing.

Call and discuss what you are seeking for your next record. If we can help make it work out we will.