I have developed a new way of working that’s not like other mastering engineers. I currently use the newest of technologies coupled with carefully chosen analog gear, converters, clocking, and a very unique way of monitoring!
When I’m working, I listen through a pair of very high end (open back) headphones as I sit inside of an Acoustic Science “Attack Wall” configuration of tube traps! This approach allows me to hear the full frequency spectrum in a way that sounds and feels very natural and is extremely accurate all the way down to 10 hertz. Once I have printed the masters, I then like to relax and listen to them on my full range monitor speakers after I send them out to my clients for approval.
When it comes to mastering, the most important thing to get right is the room, monitoring, and the playback system as perception is crucial. What I’m hearing then advises me on where to go with your project in terms of additional processing and treatment if needed. After road testing my unique approach, I have noticed that my clients almost never ask me for revisions and that is probably the ultimate test of its success.
- Acoustic Science “Attack Wall” – featuring (16) nine inch diameter tube traps with (2) sixteen inch diameter monitor stands with tops and GIK loaded corner bass traps
- Trident HG3 full range 3-way active monitor speakers flat down to 30 cycles
- Audeze LCD-X planar magnetic (open back) headphones with a frequency response that is flat down to 10 cycles
- Burl Audio B16 Mothership – configured with BAD4M analog to digital converters with switchable BX1 transformers, USB motherboard, and a B22 Orca Elma card with digital to analog converters with switchable BX5 transformers and a monitor control section with a stepped attenuator.
- DR-MQ5 – Custom mastering eq formerly owned and built by Gil Tamizyan who is the founder of Capsule Labs in Los Angeles, CA. This particular eq uses the Sontec circuit with a few upgrades. It has a mid/side mode, uses je990 opamps on the output section, and has very high grade components throughout. For added control, the gains have rotary switches that are selectable to either 1/2 dB or 1 dB steps. The Sontec is known for its smooth curves, sweet top end, and warm low end. It’s considered to be “The Holy Grail” of all mastering eq’s.
Compression – Limiting – Stereo Field Processing
- Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor
- Various Software Plugins
- Harrison Mixbus
- Harrison 32C
- Hofa DDP/CD Master
- Acustica Audio
- Stillwell Audio
- Plugin Alliance