Mastering Studio

Our mastering studio has a wide selection of equipment that will make your tracks sound great. Classic class A analogue hardware and the latest in digital technology. We treat every project differently and will apply any technique or piece of equipment to make it sound better. The control room has been acoustically treated for an optimum environment for mastering.

Although great equipment is vital, it is our ears and our vast experience in mastering that we consider to be of the greatest importance.

Monitoring

We chose the 0300 reference monitor because of its accurate, uncoloured sound with superb transient response. The 3-way system ensures a super flat frequency response which means we can make critical judgments with supreme confidence.

  • Neumann Klein & Hummel 0300 three-way active tri-amplified monitors
  • Acoustic consultancy, design and treatment by GIK Acoustics
  • Audeze LCD-X headphones
  • All cabling by Van Damme and Neutrik

Audio Conversion and Routing

The most critical stage in the mastering chain is converting a digital signal to analogue then back to digital again. We were sent the Lynx for a trial and didn’t bother sending it back. There’s a good reason why this unit is one of the most popular A/D D/A convertors in mastering. Its amazingly clean and imparts absolutely nothing onto the original signal.

  • Lynx Hilo LT-TB Mastering Reference A/D D/A Converter
  • Crookwood R3 Analogue Audio Insert Switcher/Router (with Trimmer & MS)

Analogue Hardware

The primary EQ is the Maselec MEA-2 EQ providing precise equalization with no side-effects. It’s very clean and transparent without adding any particular sonic signature. However it can sound very sweet especially in the high end. A wonderful EQ. All switched for easy recall.

In contrast we have the Gyraf G14. The all tube valve goodness gives an organic, silky smooth sound. Again, fully switched for easy recall.

The Hendyamps Michelangelo is a one of a kind broad strokes EQ that also acts as a harmonics generator. Brilliant for tone shaping and adding its own unique sonic signature.

EQ

  • Prism Maselec MEA-2 v7 Mastering Stereo EQ
  • Hendyamps Michelangelo Tube Stereo Mastering EQ
  • Gyraf Audio Gyratec XIV Parallel Passive EQ
  • Dangerous Music BAX EQ
  • DAV Electronics Broadhurst Gardens No. 3 MK V EQ

Dynamics

  • Foote Control Systems P4S ME Mastering Compressor
  • IGS Audio Vari-Mu Mastering Compressor

Digital Equalisation

  • DMG EQuilibrium
  • TDR Slick M
  • Universal Audio Manley Massive Passive EQ
  • Universal Audio Millennia NSEQ-2
  • Fabfilter Pro-Q 2
  • Universal Audio Precision EQ
  • Universal Audio Pultec Pro EQ
  • Eliosound AirEQ Premium

Digital Dynamic Processing

  • TDR Kotelnikov GE
  • TDR Nova GE
  • TDR Limiter 6 GE
  • Universal Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor
  • Universal Audio Manley Variable Mu® Limiter Compressor
  • FabFilter Pro MB
  • Univeral Audio Precision Multiband Compressor
  • Elysia Alpha Mastering Compressor
  • Klanghelm Mjuc Compressor
  • PSP Mastercomp Mastering Compressor
  • DMG Limitless
  • FabFilter Pro L
  • Voxengo Elephant 4
  • Universal Audio Precision Limiter
  • SIR Audio Tools Standard Clip

Digital Audio Workstations

  • Steinberg Wavelab v9
  • Izotope RX6
  • Pro Tools v12.7.1
  • Plextor Plextools Professional XL

Computer Workstation

  • Apple iMac 3.5ghz 27″ computer with 16gb ram
  • Mastering grade Plextor Premium CD burner
  • 2 x Universal Audio UAD2 DSP cards

Other mastering tools include…

  • Vertigo VSM-3
  • Universal Audio Precision K Stereo
  • Universal Audio Precision Maximizer
  • Sonnox Oxford Inflator
  • DDMF StereooeretS
  • UAD Ampex ATR-102
  • Slate Digital VTM

Post Production

  • Video Slave 3
  • The Cargo Cult Spanner
  • Nugen Audio VisLM2
  • Source Elements Source-Nexus Pro
  • Sound In Syncs EdiLoad

Furniture and Acoustics

  • Curuxa Customs V3 Acoustic 52RU Desk
  • Studio design, build and acoustics by GIK Acoustics

If you need to know any further information about our gear then please contact us at info@audiomaster.co.uk

Audiomaster Maskering Studio
Lynx Studio Hilo
Maselec MEA-2
Hendyamps Michelangelo
Dangerous Music BAX EQ
FCS P4S ME mastering compressor
IGS Audio Vari-Mu Mastering Compressor
Gyraf G14 Passive Mastering Equaliser
Wavelab Pro 9