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Composer, Performer, Sound Designer, and Audio Engineer

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.

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
Adcom GFE-555 power amp
(Low Gauge pure copper cabling)
Auratone Mixcube
Shure SRH1840
Sony MDR-7506
Mytek Brooklyn DAC/Headphone Pre-amp
Conversion
Mytek Brooklyn DAC
Benchmark Dac1 HDR USB
Mytek 192 ADC
Benchmark ADC1
UAD Apollo Quad
Analog Processing
Charter Oak PEQ-1 (modded)
HCL Dual Mono Valve Program EQ
(Upgraded NOS Tubes)
Vintage Audio MSL VCA Compressor w/transformer option
HCL VARIS Vari-Mu Mastering Compressor
HCL Thermos Barry Porter Style EQ
Charter Oak SCl-1 Compressor
Tk Audio S-blender
Audio Plug-Ins
Spectre Analysis Software
Brainworks EQ V3
Vertigo VSM-3
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
Izotope RX6 Advanced Editor
Triumph
DSP Quattro
Wave Burner
Logic Pro X
Reaper
Acoustics
Acoustimac Bass Traps
Acoustimac Wall Panels
ASC Tube Traps
Primacoustic Clouds
Acoustic Curtains
Custom Built Rear Diffusers

 

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 package deals available at a lower cost)
(Songs over 6 minutes add 5$ 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