Hi-End Mastering and dubplate cutting in downtown Berlin.
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Interview with 21Mastering
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Mastering is just about making loud.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 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...
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 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 .
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen carefully and know you speakers. Dont invest more in plug-ins than in speaker and acoustics.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Everyone who loves great music and sound and is dedicated enough this extra mile.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Because both are great in their own ways.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Im working hard til you are fully satisfied.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Great music every day.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be sure you are satisfied with the mix, but dont overmix it. Its all about music, not about 'technical right'.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All kinds. From classical to folk to underground electronic music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Feel the music
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I work hard to lift every song to the next possible level.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listening comes first, always.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 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.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly do mastering work and cutting vinyl on-offs (dubplates). If its an interesting project I also do mixing.