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Mastering at Broadside - $40/hr


What is it?


Mastering is (and always has been) a mystifying process to most people. In a few words, mastering is the process of tonally and dynamically preparing a number of individual 2-track mixes to be played in the "real" world. The goal is to achieve consistent levels and equalization from track to track,

There are many ways to go-about this process. There are very expensive, high-end "Mastering Houses" packed to the gills with foreign audiophile-style gear that specialize in this process only. There are also inexperienced computer nerds with bad monitors that normalize the file, run it through the "EARTH-SHAKER" and call 'er good. We're neither. We use industry-standard editing software and dynamics processing tools through an accurate monitoring system with an experienced ear.

In short, you will hear a significant improvement in the sound quality of your music without over-processing, or killing the dynamics.


The PROCESS:


EDIT:
This is the first step. Beginnings and ends of songs are cleaned-up, stick-clicks are removed etc... Any desired fade-ins/outs are added at this time as well.

EQ: Adjustments to the overall EQ are made (if necessary) to provide continuity from song to song. Harsh hi's and troublesome lo's can be tamed - other frequencies can be adjusted to enhance certain elements of the mix if desired.

DYNAMIC TREATMENT: After general clean-up, we use WAVES Plug-ins to treat the material with the necessary dynamic processing (compression) and level maximization. The end result is a cleaner, punchier and yes, louder finished product.

SONG SPACING: Next, we import the finished files and set the song order and spacing between each track.

BURN: The final master CD is burned.

MASTERING Samples - BEFORE & AFTER:


Artist Style Click to listen to mp3
King of the Forest Rock MASTERED VERSION STARTS 48 SEC IN
King of the Forest Rock MASTERED VERSION STARTS 58 SEC IN
Out of Favor Boys Blues MASTERED VERSION STARTS 31 SEC IN
Breech & Destroy Metal MASTERED VERSION STARTS 31 SEC IN
AJ Hip Hop MASTERED VERSION STARTS 26 SEC IN
Brother Bill Psycho-billy MASTERED VERSION STARTS 35 SEC IN

 

Equipment:


DAW

Pro Tools 10 HD Software w/ a great collection of Plug-ins including Slate Digital, WAVES and more...
Avid 16 Analog I/O Interface
Mac Pro 12-Core w/ Avid HDX
(2) 27" Samsung HD Video Monitors

Mic Pres:

Universal Audio 4-710-d


Recorders:

Pro Tools 12 HD
Alesis HD-24
Alesis Adats (5) w/BRC
Panasonic SV-3700 Dat
Sony DAT
Tascam 302 Dual Cassette
Yamaha MT-120 4-Track
Ampex 1/4" 2-Track Analog

Console:

Mackie 32 Channel 8 Buss Recording Console
Mackie 24 Channel

Monitors:

Mackie H824mkII
(2)Alesis Monitor One
Yamaha S-83 Ms
Yamaha S-8 M

Outboard Gear:

Drawmer DL 241Comp/Limit.
ART Pro VLA Comp/Limiter
Presonus 8 Ch Compressor/Gate Alesis 3630 2-Ch.Comp/Limit.
Lexicon LXP 15 II Digital FX
Lexicon MX 200
Eventide H-3000
ZOOM 1204 Digital FX
ZOOM RFX-2000
Digitech S1000
ART Digital Reverb
Alesis Quadraverb

Microphones:

AKG Solid Tube
AKG C 414 B-ULS
Audio Technica AT 4033 (2)
EV RE-20
Shure PG 56 (3)
Shure PG 52
Shure SM 57 (6)
Shure SM 58 (2)
Sennheiser 421
EV ND Series Snare Mic
EV ND Series Bass Drum Mic
EV Lapel Mic (2)

Computers/Software:

Mac Pro 12-Core w/ Avid HDX
Macintosh 17" Powerbook G4
Pro Tools 12 HD

Slate Digital, WAVES Plug-Ins

Instruments:

Paul Reed Smith EG Bolt-on
Schecter PT Fastback
Fender Squire Telecaster
Ibanez Semi-Hollow
Alvarez Acoustic
TAMA Rockstar 5-Piece Drumset
Ibanez SDGR Bass
Fender Squire Bass w/EMG's


Guitar Amps/Pre Amps and Processors:

Marshall JCM 900
MESA Road King II
MESA Lonestar Classic 1x12 100 Watt
Vox AC30
VOX Valvetronix 2x12 100 watt combo
Carvin X-100B 2x12 100 watt combo
ADA MP1 Guitar Pre-amp
Line 6 POD 2.0
ZOOM Guitar FX Processor
Many FX Pedals
Avatar 2x12 w/ V30's
(2) Carvin 2x12 Cabs
MESA 2x12 Rectifier w/ V 30's
MESA Lonestar 1x12 Cab

Live Room:

23x27 main recording room

Control Room:

Comfortable 16x17

Iso:

7x8, 8x10 iso booths for vocals, acoustic/electric guitar, etc...

Extras:

Kitchen w/ Microwave, Fridge
Outdoor Patio

Across the street & nearby...


Martini's, 4th Coast Cafe, The Crow's Nest , Bagel Beanery, Taco Bob's, Convenience Store.

broadside productions - recording studio - Kalamazoo, Mi. 49008 Ph: 269.226.0948