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Mastering Studio

The 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. Each project is treated differently using a wide range of techniques and gear chains. The control room has been acoustically treated for an optimum environment for mastering.

Although great equipment is vital, it is ears and experience in mastering that’s considered to be of the greatest importance.

Monitoring

  • Tyler Acoustics Decade MM5X custom full range mastering speakers
  • Nord One Hypex NC500DM dual mono class D power amplification
  • 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. The Lynx arrived as a trial and it wasn’t sent back. There’s a good reason why this unit is one of the most popular A/D D/A converters in mastering. It’s 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 ,there is 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
  • Handcrafted Labs Varis (2017 Blueface)
  • IGS Audio Vari-Mu Mastering Compressor
  • Hendyamps Pollock Stereo tube optical 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

Digital Dynamic Processing

  • Softube Weiss DS1-MK3
  • 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
  • PSP Mastercomp Mastering Compressor
  • DMG Limitless
  • FabFilter Pro L2
  • Voxengo Elephant 4
  • Universal Audio Precision Limiter
  • SIR Audio Tools Standard Clip

Digital Audio Workstations

  • Steinberg Wavelab v9.6
  • Izotope RX6
  • Pro Tools v2018.7
  • 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 the gear then please contact: [email protected]

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