Professional mastering services, I am the intersection of you, your art, your audience and the marketplace. Let me enhance the connection between you and your audience. I want to make your music the best it can be. Period.
20+ years experience in audio mixing and mastering with emphasis and specialization in enhancing the connection with your audience. Let me help you realize your artistic vision on your next record or project and rest confident in the knowledge that I will help your music reach its highest potential. Working with you, I'll fine tune and polish your music to maximize its success in the current market.
No project is too big or too small. I can work with almost any budget. Contact me for a free quote!
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3 ReviewsEndorse Mindspawn Music and Mastering
Gene was amazing to work with on my latest project.
His mastering brought my project to a whole new level of greatness that I never thought was possible!
Gene was easy to work with when coming up with a plan to master the album, quick response/ turnover time, great quality, & amazing pricing.
You will definitely be happy choosing him to work on your next project.
Incredible attention to detail and true knowledge of what works for an artist. In my 20+ years of making Hip Hop, Mindspawn is easily the best I've worked with.
Gene's high level skills and attention to details makes him a gem. I felt like I had struck gold working with him on my first two albums. His extraordinary communication and drive for excellence in all that he does, really makes my music shine. I'm looking forward to our next project in 2021.
Glenda Benevides (songwriter, singer and social activist)
Interview with Mindspawn Music and Mastering
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring polish, special sauce, fairy dust, whatever you choose to call it. I enhance that special connection with your audience. You also get the security of knowing that any song I master is ready for competitive commercial release.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start by having the client tell me about their project. Once I'm clear on the project and the medium(s) to be mastered for, I'll listen to the whole song completely and take notes on anything I notice that I may want to address. Afterwards I'll check the song against any reference tracks that have been provided. Once I'm clear on what I needs to be done and how I want to approach it, if I think the song would benefit from some analog processing or the client has requested it, I'll start there doing EQ, compression, limiting, or just a little analog processing to add a bit of warmth. Once the analog adjustments are made (if any), the song will be tracked into Pro Tools or Wavelab for further processing. I will usually do any EQ and "color" additions at this stage, once the song "sounds right" I then use a variety of limiters and sometimes compressors to get the output levels to professional standards that is ready for release.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Dedicated mastering studio, acoustic treatment by GIK. Kii Three and Genelec speakers. Avalon, Dangerous Music, Maselec, Crane, Apogee and custom built hardware. "In the Box" I use Izotope RX and Wavelab as my main editing platforms. My machines are also loaded with Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, and some great plugins from A.O.M., Acustica Audio, Fab Filter, Izotope, Melda Production, Oeksound, Softube, Tokyo Dawn Records, and more.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Either and both. There are some things that are easier to do in the analog world and some are easier in the digital world. These days the quality of the digital tools and the ability to save sessions for instant recall means I do the majority of my mastering projects "in the box." I do still go outboard to analog for some tasks and it's great to have options.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I'll do my best to help you realize your art.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Audio engineering is my purpose, and one of the things I like the most about mastering is helping people realize their artistic vision.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think one of the biggest misconceptions about mastering is that we can make a bad mix sound great. We can make it sound better, perhaps, but if a mix sounds bad it isn't ready for mastering.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be clear with communication and have realistic expectations.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing mastering for 20+ years. I was always playing with sound as a child, played in some bands as a teenager, eventually I got into mixing and production. Over time mastering became my main field of study and practice.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: "No way as way..."- Bruce Lee. I do not have a style, I adapt to what is needed at the time. As a mastering engineer, my style is to be transparent and let the artist's work have its best chance to shine through.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There are far too many to list... but working with artists when they are breaking new ground doing something really different or challenging is probably my favorite work experiences.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Communicate your wishes clearly to your mix and mastering engineers. Do not be afraid to ask for clarifications and be prepared to potentially hear some hard truths about your mix, stems, pre-master, etc. It's the job of your engineer to be honest, transparent and clear. When communication is bi-directional and clear everyone achieves the best results.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All types of music come across my desk, I am comfortable with all styles, genres, and idioms of music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Active listening.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Sylvia Massy, Bob Ludwig, Jonathan Wyner, Bob Katz, Emily Lazar, Matt Azevedo,
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do stereo/two track mastering most commonly. On rare occasion I will do stem mastering.