Masterful mastering. Bespoke valve (tube) signal processing. For vinyl, CD, and all common digital formats - a unique 'analogue' sound

 

Mastering: that final bit which 'makes it sound like a proper record'

We offer CD compilation and Pre-Mastering, that final step of putting it all together, making the whole thing run and sound like a record, ironing out idiosyncrasies in levels and tonal balance, so no matter what you play it on, it sounds right. And getting it nice and loud on the CD, but not so stupidly loud that dynamics and sound quality are compromised, so it’ll sound great wherever it's played - on your home system, on your 'phone, or in the car. Also on the radio, or on YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud…anywhere, in fact.

And when the final thing is to be delivered to a CD manufacturing plant, we create the industry standard DDP file (Disc Description Protocol) on either CD ROM or DVD ROM, or we can even use FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to send the file directly to the plant. DDP is widely acknowledged as the best format for ensuring data integrity between mastering and CD manufacture.

And we master for vinyl too...! A vinyl master is quite a different animal from a CD master, requiring a rather different mastering approach compared to CD - often quieter with greater dynamics. Please bear in mind therefore, that if you're intending to release the same album, single or EP on both vinyl and CD/download you will typically require two different masters. Otherwise your download tracks may sound disappointingly quiet compared to other commercial releases.