Audio Mastering Services
Mix Evaluation & Test Masters
We like to listen. We work on a broad range of projects: while some need only subtle adjustments there are others that require more creative processing. Each project is individual and approached accordingly to meet your needs and vision. The less we need to transform your music mixes, the better the final outcome. This is why we offer a free evaluation of your audio mixes, since there may be issues that are best fixed in the audio mix that will become evident on our playback system: it is designed to highlight any imbalance! If you want, we can assist you improve your mixes.
The simplest and fastest way to hear what we can do for you and your music is to request a test audio master. It is often best to request test-masters for two tracks of your project since mastering is about creating coherence between tracks and making them sound like they belong together.
We use the finest analogue and digital audio mastering tools needed to make your tracks shine and sound like they belong together.
We support almost any source audio format for mastering. Send us the highest resolution audio used during mixing for best possible outcome. Though it is generally sufficient to submit stereo files, we also accept stems (e.g. a cappella and instrumental) to work from. If you want to impart the sound of real tape to your mixes we offer ‘layback mastering’ where your digital source is printed to our Studer A820 half-inch deck at either 15IPS (for stronger low-end) or 30IPS (for increased bandwidth and less noise). Contact us and we can discuss all of you needs.
We have compiled a list with directions on how to best prepare your audio mixes for mastering found in our downloads folder located to the right in the Reception area of this page.
In today’s fast paced industry it is often necessary to get the masters ASAP: Send your files by 1am and have your mastered audio files the next morning by 11am. Since we master both in Hamburg and New York the time difference makes this service possible, and insures our mastering engineers are well rested when working on your tracks while you can get some rest and have everything mastered by the next morning. We offer this service to clients needing their projects with up to 16 tracks the next morning. You will get a production-ready DDP pre-master suitable for glass-mastering worldwide.
3D Headphone Masters
This is a unique service we offer to provide a new experience for listeners with portable devices andfor any listeners using standard headphones.This technology is object based so you will need to submit individual track files or submixes (stems) of instrument groups. Please contact us to discuss any details.
Vinyl Master Cut
All lacquer masters and dubplates are cut on a Neumann VSM70 lathe, providing excellent cutswith high dynamic output. We can provide a flat audio transfer to the lacquer master without any processing. On dynamic masters we have compiled limitations on what can be transferred to a lacquer disc have all been taken into account, unless directed otherwise. However, if needed, excessive high and low frequencies will be attenuated, as excessive low frequencies will prevent a loud record, out of phase low frequencies will cause skips and excessive highs may cause damage to the cutter-head. If vinyl is your sole intended release format changes can also be made to improve the sound. Whether you need locked grooves or you want your record to play from the inside out, our cutting engineer Mike Grinser in Berlin can cover all your needs for releases on vinyl.
Make sure you download and fill out our vinyl intake form found in Downloads folder located to the right in the Reception area of this page.
Audio Restoration & Transfers
Our specialized audio repair and noise removal will bring old and otherwise damaged audio recordings back to life using new and emerging technologies, including audio forensics to make recordings more intelligible. Please note that this can be a process requiring some time largely depending on the task at hand. It is possible that one minute of audio requires one hour of work for example. We will give you an estimate on the cost once you have supplied us the source to be restored or transferred.
Audio Mastering Education
With over 15 years of teaching experience at Berklee College of Music in Boston, The Institute of Audio Research in New York, and SAE in New York and Hamburg, Marc-Dieter has taught many students and professionals the skills and tools needed to hone their audio mastering craft. Some have gone on to receive a GRAMMY and work on Platinum-Sales records.
We offer hands-on training at our studios in Hamburg, Berlin and New York.