Masterworks Audio

Mixing, mastering

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Interview with Masterworks Audio

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: I get asked to do a lot of mixing these days. I guess it's because I can also supply the mastering and add that beautiful analogue touch. A mastering engineer that knows how to mix is ideal because the mix will be optimised knowing what is needed at the mastering stage.

  3. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  4. A: Paul Epworth is a bit of a hero of mine. From his remixing days as 'Phones' through to his current projects, the guy is a genius. There are no real rock n roll mastering engineers. I hope to change that!

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: Mixing is done all 'in the box'. It then goes out via Prism converters into the analogue domain in through pristinely clean Maselec eqs and comps and if a little flavour is needed then is passes through a Manley valve eq and vari mu compressor, back through the prism and into the digital domain. Monitoring is done via PMC IB1S powered by Bryston amps. Lovely.

  7. Q: What's your typical work process?

  8. A: Mix, review, master, review. That's it. To work concisely is to work intuitively.

  9. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  10. A: Depth, clarity, excitement, volume.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: A good ear.

  13. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  14. A: As a mastering engineer, literally all forms of music.

  15. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. A: Buy some Sennheiser HD650s so you can hear what's going on in the low end (or use a frequency analyser to shave off unwanted sub bass that sucks volume out of your track).

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: I've worked with Dark Sky, so happy there. Otherwise Aphex Twin.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Clean and powerful!

  21. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  22. A: Mix engineer on Dark Sky's Imagin album. Mainly because the boys are mini geniuses. It was a real eye-opener to work with writers that pay SO much attention to the smallest detail.

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: Luckily I look younger than my face reveals! About 20 years from musician, to recording engineer, to mix engineer to mastering engineer!

  25. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  26. A: A Neumann mic, Universal Audio mic pre, prism audio interface, Manley Massive Passive EQ and Maselec the computer included??

  27. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  28. A: Shop around, ask questions.

  29. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  30. A: Do you like dogs?

  31. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  32. A: ...that the mix can be fixed at the mastering stage!

  33. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  34. A: Can you fix my mix at mastering?

  35. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  36. A: Working for myself and listening to music all day.

  37. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  38. A: Satisfaction or your money back.

  39. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  40. A: Sorry but both. Some things just sound better through analogue, some things need the surgical clarity of digital.

  41. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  42. A: Only just joined!

  43. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  44. A: I'd have to kill you if I told you.

Terms Of Service

Mastering: 1 free revision, 48hr turnaround Mixing: 1 free revision 72hr turnaround

Gear Highlights
  • Prism
  • Maselec
  • Manley
  • PMC
  • Bryston
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