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Interview with 21Mastering

What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Mastering is just about making loud.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My speakers, my DAW and everything else. Thats only three pieces, right? ;) And the acoustic might be very well on that small desert island without any building, I think...
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I'm in for about nearly 20 years. Go from producing techno and jungle to rock/pop recordings to classical recordings and now I'm doing mastering exclusive .
Can you share one music production tip?
Listen carefully and know you speakers. Dont invest more in plug-ins than in speaker and acoustics.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Everyone who loves great music and sound and is dedicated enough this extra mile.
Analog or digital and why?
Both. Because both are great in their own ways.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Im working hard til you are fully satisfied.
What do you like most about your job?
Great music every day.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Be sure you are satisfied with the mix, but dont overmix it. Its all about music, not about 'technical right'.
What type of music do you usually work on?
All kinds. From classical to folk to underground electronic music.
What's your strongest skill?
Feel the music
What do you bring to a song?
I work hard to lift every song to the next possible level.
What's your typical work process?
Listening comes first, always.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Its hybrid, the combination of excellent digital tools and selected hi end analogue gear. But the most important part is room acoustics and my lovely speakers from Kirsch Audio.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I mostly do mastering work and cutting vinyl on-offs (dubplates). If its an interesting project I also do mixing.