Mastering

HOW DO YOU PREPARE YOUR MUSIC?

Record/Bounce your song in 24 bit and 44khz or higher.
Please do NOT use limiters/compressors on the master channel if it’s for level purposes only. Try to leave at least -3db headroom. This means the peaks of the signal should not exceed the -3db mark.
We accept WAV and AIFF files. MP3, WMA or 16 bit WAV’s are not ideal for mastering.

DELIVERY SPECIFICATIONS

Go to www.wetransfer.com and upload the premasters as following:
Please title WAV/AIFF files with ’01’ ’02’ etc., ‘Artistname’ and ‘Trackname’
Please title Samplepacks with ‘Artistname’ and ‘Trackname’

WHY WE USE A MASTERINGSTUDIO?

With today’s digital music market open as it is, many producers/labels don’t see the need for mastering or do “it” themselves. However they forget or maybe underestimate the value a good mastering can bring to a release. “Do It Yourself” mastering is usually flat. All dynamics have been squashed or “slammed”. The result might be “loud” but it sounds shallow and distorted. Professional mastering has the same loudness yet the sound is deep, wide and dynamic.
Besides the fact that the mastering engineer will have a fresh, unbiased ear (which you will not have after spending hours, days or weeks on a song or album), he also has the equipment, the experience and the facility to hear the tiniest details.
His musical understanding enables him to recognize important details in your song and put the focus on those details.

YOUR PRUDUCTIONS DESERVE ANALOGUE MASTERING!

Your project deserves the best signal path money can buy. It all starts with your track being converted from digital to analogue by an SPL Madison. Once analogue, the signal flows into a SSL SIGMA, a reference class summing mixer based on the AWS consoles, which has all required outboard available on it’s inserts. The processed signal is then recorded via the main output as DSD by the TASCAM DA-3000 DSD Recorder. DSD is the highest resolution format currently available. Capturing every possible detail from the processed track. Once captured as DSD or PCM, it’s being converted further into the format(s) you require.
The complete analogue signal path, including the patchbay patchcords, is cabled with VanDamme Blue Studio cable. Recognized globally as the ultimate studio cabling standard.
Be assured no shortcuts are being taken here.

Console, Recording & DAW I/O:
SSL SIGMA
SSL Alphalink MADI AX
RME ADI-8 DS MK3
SPL Madison
RME HDSPe MADI FX
Tascam DA-3000 High Resolution DSD Recorder
Audio Accessoires Shorti db25 <> TT Patchbay
VanDamme Blue Studio Cabling
Dynamics & EQ:
Avalon AD 2055 EQ
API 2500 Compressor
API 5500 EQ
Dangerous BAX EQ
CharterOak SCL-1 Compressor
A-Designs HM2 Compressor NAIL
6x Lindell Audio PEX-300 Pulltec EQ
SPL M/S Master

Monitoring:
TAD S-1EX 2014 Limited Edition Reference Monitors
PLINIUS sb-301 amplification
RYTHMIK F15HP Subwoofer
AKG K701 headphones
VanDamme cabling

Acoustic Treatment & Power:
Custom room with floating floor
GIK Acoustics Tritraps, Monster Bass traps, 244 Bass traps & VersiFusors
Superchunks
Auralex LENRD Basstraps + Metrofusors
QRD7 Difussors
FurmanSound 10x Power Conditioners