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Composer, mastering engineer, sound designer, and performer.

Little Castle Mastering

Music Mastering Process
My mastering process involves a lot of listening to the mix itself before making decisions towards the steps that are needed in the mastering process. Sometimes not much is needed and sometimes more. I feel many mastering engineers take it on themselves to add a sonic imprint or alter/augment the mix to its general disservice, feeling as if they need to leave a “mark”. In my mind good mastering involves accentuating the mix with caution as to not devalue the mix by over processing it.  I use a hybrid of analog and digital processing, my focus is primarily on the analog side of things with EQ and Compression with digital limiting on the capture.  A lot of time has been spent tweaking my monitoring and learning my equipment to give your music the best possible sound.

It is also my belief that “in the box” mastering is insufficient and re-recording the mix through converters leads to better sounding masters. This also allows the mastering engineer to “up sample” and down sample through live printing. In my process I use two computers, one (DAC) output into the analog chain and captured into the Main computer through various converter options. High end converters are of necessity here.

Studio Equipment and Tools

Monitoring
Tyler Acoustics MM6x’s Full Range Mastering Monitors
Wyred 4 Sound St-1000 amp (all the upgrades)
(Audio Analysis cables)
Auratone Mixcube
Shure SRH1840
Sony MDR-7506
Mytek Brooklyn DAC/Headphone Pre-amp
Spectre Analysis Software
Conversion
Mytek Brooklyn DAC
Mytek Brooklyn ADC
Benchmark Dac3 L
UAD Apollo Quad
Analog Processing
Charter Oak PEQ-1 (modded)
HCL Dual Mono Valve Program EQ (NOS tubes)
HCL Thermos Barry Porter Mastering EQ
HCL VARIS Vari-Mu Mastering Compressor (NOS Tubes)
FCS P4dms Compressor (custom mods)
Vintage Audio MSL-TX Compressor
Tk Audio S-blender
Audio Plug-Ins
UAD Brainworks EQ V3
UAD Vertigo VSM-3
UAD Precision Limiter
UAD Ampex ATR 102
UAD Pultec Bundle
Fab Filter Pro-Q 2
Fab Filter Pro-L
Waves Bundles (52 plug-ins in total)
Izotope Rx6 Advanced (Correction)
Izotope Ozone 7 Advanced
Izotope Nuetron Advanced
Bx Control V2
Soundtoys Bundle
Eiosis Air EQ Premium
Waves WLM
Hofa Meter
Izotope Insight
Klangfreund LUFS Meter
DAW’s and Editors
Pro Tools 12.4
Izotope RX6 Advanced Editor
Triumph
DSP Quattro
Hofa DDP Maker/Player
Wave Burner
Logic Pro X
Reaper
Acoustics
Acoustimac Bass Traps
Acoustimac Wall Panels
ASC Tube Traps
Primacoustic Clouds
Acoustic Curtains
Custom Built Rear Diffusers
Miscellaneous
Furman Linear AC Power Conditioner
Neve 5442 Mixing Console
Mac Pro Tower with upgraded 6G SSD drive
2013 iMac (Pitching computer)
2x 2 TB storage drives

 

Mastering Rate
I deliver a Hi-res Master(96k mastered for iTunes) and a downsampled 16bit 44100 or 48000 versions to all my clients
50$ per song (Full album/multiple songs package deals available at a lower cost 15-25% discount)
(Songs over 6 minutes add 10$ per minute)
60$ for DDP CD authoring/creation
Stem Mastering 70$ per song
File submissions
24bit or 32bit recommended at the sample rate it was mix/recorded at.
Please leave 3-6 db of Headroom if possible with no mix bus limiting.
For inquiries or test masters email Daniel at Daniel@castledinemusic.com