Affordable high quality mastering. Giving your music the final polish and push into the big wide world. Starting from 30$.
Mastering is both art and science.
Music is something different for every person. It's an expression of human emotion. There are no language or cultural barriers, there’s only an emotional impact. It’s universal. It’s an an emotional journey.
That’s why the main artistic and creative purpose of mastering is enhancing as much of the musicality that’s present in the songs I'm working on. I try to give them the most impact and make them affect the listener in the best way possible emotionally while ensuring that they sound good on the widest possible variety of playback systems.
As the last step before manufacturing, mastering is the final opportunity to make creative tweaks or fix any mistakes.
A mastering engineer brings in a fresh pair of ears to the project. An artist or a mix engineer can spend weeks or even months working on a project. When you’re so deeply involved it’s easy to lose perspective and not see the wood from the trees. A mastering engineer usually works on a new project every day. We’re objective because we’ve not been involved in the earlier stages and we’re hearing your music for the first time, just like every listener would. That way, it’s easy to catch any mistakes that might not be obvious to someone who has spent a lot of time working on it and trust our instinct while working with you to pursue a vision of how a project should sound.
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Interview with Massimo Dagostin
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: First and foremost, a fresh pair of ears. When you're involved in a project for a longer period of time it's easy to not see the wood from the trees. I'm listening almost as a first time listener would, although a bit more critically. Second, I bring skill and passion for every new project I get. I won't let it out of my hands until we're all completely satisfied with the results.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is doing the least amount of things I can while enhancing your project as much as possible.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm mostly involved in straight-ahead mastering. Trying my best to give the song the most it deserves, while doing the least damage possible. It's not always easy.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm mostly in the box right now. I find that plugins have evolved enough to give me everything I need without the hastle of gear maintenance and longer recall times. I use a minimal amount of gear to get the job done without hurting the music. The first and most important rule is do no harm! I rely on Focal monitors, Tokyo Dawn EQ and compression plugins (which totally blew me away) and FabFilter and Sonnox limiting, along with some odd saturation and tape flavors here and there.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: When it comes to music, everything inspires me. I'm a huge music fan. I think you have to be, really. I can't imagine someone doing this and not loving it a 100%. You have to give it your all, or not do it at all.