Ludwig Maier - GKG Mastering

Multi-award winning mastering

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”Ludwig's master celebrates the mix” multi-award winning #1 hit mastering with satisfaction guarantee. Over 3000 projects throughout all genres, mastered with love and perfection. Special conditions for self-financing artists, producers and engineers, we are always happy to raise a project to the next level.

Current Charts:

Pietro Lombardi - LOMBARDI #2 Germany Album, Kämpferherz #1 Germany Apple Single
Rainhard Fendrich - Starkregen #1 Austria Album, #17 Germany Album, #39 Switzerland Album
Vanessa Mai - Für Immer #2 Germany Album
Tim Bendzko - FILTER #3 Germany Album
folkshilfe - Sing #3 Austro Album
Antilopen Gang - Abbruch Abbruch #7 Germany Album, #2 Germany HipHop
Moop Mama - M.O.O.P.topia #23 Germany Album
Fatoni & Dexter - Yo, Picasso #23 Germany Album, #2 Germany HipHop
Dicht & Ergreifend - Ghetto mi nix o #24 Germany Album
Marathonmann - ...und wir vergessen was vor uns liegt #46 Germany Album
d'Hundskrippln - Lederhosen Amore #60 Germany Album

GKG Mastering is internationally renowned for its quality and reliability, fast reaction time and high customer satisfaction. Check out our website reviews, and over 100 five star ratings on Facebook.

Master formats are supplied for Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Music Ultra HD, ADM (Apple Digital Masters), Radio, TV, CD, DVD, Blu-ray and many more. We also master for vinyl record.

We are official Apple Digital Masters "ADM" provider, successor of the Master For iTunes "MFiT" program.

All projects are fully documented in a custom project management and archiving solution, and available to the customer for several years- in case they need to create alternate versions with the same sound, instrumentals, etc.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

11 Reviews

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  1. Review by Robert Gebhard

    my name is Robert Gebhard, and as a hobby musician I am mixing and producing my own songs in my homerecordingstudio. I wanted to get the best out of my mixes and I have afforded myself the luxury to contact a professional mastering engineer.
    I got Ludwigs name from a record from a Band that I liked and where I thought the sound is great. After I sent the mix Ludwig contacted me via phone and gave me tips what I could improve. Very fastly I got the master back and I was excited about the result! I can only recommend Ludwigs Mastering work - also for ambitious hobby producers :-)

  2. Review by Jakob August

    I got my first Master with Ludwig last week and am really happy with it. What a pro to work with. Really looking forward to future collaborations.

  3. Review by Dany Kufner

    Clear thing Ludwig is definitely one of the best in the music biz!
    Super nice guy, super fast with an absolute hearing and a passionate sense for music!
    For me there is no other option as GKG Mastering

  4. Review by Jonas  Kollmer

    Ludwig ist ein sehr zuverlässiger Mensch. Für das Audio- Mastering bringt er das absolut Beste hervor, was ein Song braucht. Er nimmt sich viel Zeit, um jeden Song in seiner Einzigartigkeit und Individualität zu krönen. Sehr empfehlenswert das Studio.
    Für Musikalischen Rat zum kommerziellen Erfolg gibt er all sein Wissen weiter und hilft dort wo er kann auf die Sprünge. Vielen Dank Ludwig,

  5. Review by Jonas

    Ludwig ist ein sehr zuverlässiger Mensch. Für das Audio- Mastering bringt er das absolut Beste hervor, was ein Song braucht. Er nimmt sich viel Zeit, um jeden Song in seiner Einzigartigkeit und Individualität zu krönen. Sehr empfehlenswert das Studio.
    Für Musikalischen Rat zum kommerziellen Erfolg gibt er all sein Wissen weiter und hilft dort wo er kann auf die Sprünge. Vielen Dank Ludwig,

  6. Review by Steve Current

    Very patient master engineer,

    he mastered my version twice without extra charge because .... I had some problems with my low-end in my mixdown in the first version and he helped me a lot to direct the mix into the way I wanted (the pumping of my bass) ... you know I am working in a home studio and it is difficult to hear all the low frequencies (for sure Ludwig can hear the differences ... he has 5 meters of Rockwool damping behind his speakers)

    Great job - great LU-S value in the end of the day - he is the guy of my confidence for my next tracks

  7. Review by Martin Heise

    Clear recommendation: Ludwig delivers a perfect master for you recording – not only from a technical perspective, but he also knows what sound matches best with your style of music and yields the best result.
    Apart from that he has a very open and positive attitude and way of communicating, which makes working with him fun. Doesn’t give you the impression of “just another job done”, but he is really passionate about music.

  8. Review by Boy Bianchi

    Many engineers can deliver a good master, but Ludwig goes the extra mile with solid mix advice, friendly and fast communication and a very complete package of audio masters.

  9. Review by Bebo Hermann

    I don't think I've ever met anyone with such a precise hearing like Ludwig has. The masters always sound incredibly beautiful and clear without sounding nearly harsh. Like a delicious tasting creamy butter, but a butter that no animal had to suffer for.
    I recommend him without any restrictions and I really give all my mixes to him for mastering!

  10. Review by Jiannis

    Working with Ludwig goes smoothly every time. He is also not too good to go into the mix and give you tips on what you could do better (if wanted). Nevertheless, Ludwig delivers in extremely high quality and speed and provides a wide variety of formats for streaming services, YouTube, Apple digital master and many more. He can manage to help you with all your songs' needs and elevate your project to another level.

  11. Review by Paris Zinner

    We can highly recommend Ludwig as a mastering engineer. He takes his time to analyse the mix and also deliver the master in all different formats you need for the release wether it's YT, Apple Music or Spotify. If wanted, he also gives feedback to the mixing engineer to improve the sound for the best mastering result possible.

    - Color The Night, 2020

Interview with Ludwig Maier - GKG Mastering

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

  2. A: I love working on your music, bring a wealth of experience to the table, and will go to any length to deliver a perfect master. The Essence of Audio Mastering is in creating a track that is energetic and stable, and works perfectly on all platforms and formats. Creating and sustaining tension, minimizing the bounce rate and translating the intention of the music across all listening environments are crucial for engaging and mesmerizing the listener. This is what I reliably deliver in every project. I don't earn my customers trust and loyalty by the excellent quality of my masters alone, but by reliability and punctuality as well - even if it's a rush job. Many customers appreciate my goal oriented and detailed mix feedback, and the fast and thoughtful implementation of their revisions. Making my customers happy and delivering the highest possible quality in a master are always my top priorities.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Combining the best of both worlds is the key to solving complex situations. But don’t overestimate the tools, quality is a result of knowledge- not gear.

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

  6. A: Listening to music, talking to exceptional individuals about their Art, and focused work and development.

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

  8. A: Only a small part of mastering can actually be considered a technical job, and it is incorrect that it’s all about making the music as loud as possible. The challenge is creating stability, emotion and focus, transcending the filter between conscious and subconscious, and translating the intention of the music in all individual formats, for all platforms.

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

  10. A: Usually I don’t need any additional information along with the music to do my job. The question that always interests me the most is: are you missing anything in the mix? Does it transport the intention of the track?

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

  12. A: Don’t be fooled by clever marketing, look at the hard facts. Listen to any reference tracks, and be wary of name dropping if the tracks are not immediately and clearly accessible. This is often used to deter from second rate work. Limiting the budget for this last, critical step in the production chain must be viewed with the utmost caution. A lot of passion, work and money has already been invested into the project… Using a second rate master can lead to immense losses in the impact and quality of the final result. Accepting such losses for a merely incremental financial gain is highly unwise- to say the least. Investing more time to acquire a budget, or requesting a later payment for the mastering bill (which I seldomly refuse) is a much more sound approach. Only the best products have a chance to prevail in this ultra-competitive and complex market, and low budget productions rarely succeed. Only a smart investment yields interesting results. You can browse through thousands of my masters on my homepage, and you can experience the maximum available sound quality on amazon music.

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

  14. A: After the first project meeting I load the mixes, all available information into the project management tool and begin listening to the music. At this point I offer some constructive mix feedback if the customer requests it. I have built many personal relationships around the world through this process, and it has helped many of my customers to grow, and become even better at what they love doing. Great teamwork is what creates musical masterpieces. As soon as the final mixes are ready and I have listened to all of the tracks, there is already a Vision of what I want to achieve. At this point I start making adjustments and working on details to implement it. I weave in a common thread between all tracks without compromising their individual character and every part is worked on individually as well as in context to uphold the tension in the tracks. As soon as I see no further potential and the track fully satisfies in both sound and functionality, I will record the master. If there are clicks or other undesirable noises, my specialist will remove them in the spectrum editor during the final quality control. The rendering of different formats is an frequently underestimated, but critical part of mastering. The ultimate standard of the music working as intended in all listening environments and formats, requires this stage of the process to be executed flawlessly. I have perfected a custom technique, which allows me to render any format natively, without conversion. The results are consistent with the master the artist and/or label cleared- in all formats. The format package I deliver includes everything necessary for uploading into digital distribution networks: High Resolution, Apple Digital Masters (ADM ex. MFiT), Standard resolution and MP3, so all Digital Platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Amazon, Tidal, Deezer etc. are covered. The last stages are the embedding of the metadata, and the quality control by my specialist.

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

  16. A: Since I work on a lot of projects, and am not free to talk about unreleased material, I would ask you to check out my webpage, social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Youtube), and the Mastered @ GKG Mastering Playlist on Amazon Music. You can find thousands of songs I mastered there.

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

  18. A: This is easy: Masterpiece No.1 (DAW), RME ADI2-Pro, Main Monitors, Beach Chair, Sunglasses.

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

  20. A: I have been making masters full time since 2007 and have worked on many different projects with love and passion every day since then. Thousands of songs have accumulated over the years. As is often the case, my career has taken a lot of hard work and dedication. I have worked every industry job from studio assistant, recording and mixing engineer to Production, to acquire a solid base and footing in the field. Psychoacoustics and Audio technology have always fascinated me as well, which has led to consulting jobs in the industrial sector, and additional ventures into programming and hard and software development. I have also worked as a lecturer in various institutions and take great pride in watching my pupils grow and succeed.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: Using the same style across so many different types of music would not be beneficial, so I adapt to each individual artist, tune and give each track what it needs, musically and technically.

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

  24. A: I look forward to working with all talented artists and creators. Status is secondary to me, but I love working in a team of dedicated people that are all highly motivated.

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

  26. A: Generate stability and focus, and try to achieve a stress-free sound. Musicality is more important than technical details. Feel and create from your gut and then retrace and analyse the reasons for your decision and add them to your musical skill set.

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

  28. A: I work on many different types of music of all genres on a daily basis. There are regularly Pop, Rap, Soundtrack, Schlager, Rock, Metal, Jazz and World Music projects, as well as many others. This diversity is what empowers my musical neutrality and balance. Of course I still listen to a lot of music privately, to always be able to deliver on the newest trends in the industry- or to create new ones with the production team.

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Concentrating on the essence of the song, with a focus on stability, detail and love for the music. When the filter between conscious and subconscious in a listener is less active, they skip less in the track. I feel this filter work intensely and can adjust accordingly.

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

  32. A: The essence of every song is already contained in the mix. The focus, sound and the critical details are often just obscured. Stabilizing the focus, letting the sound shine and bringing out the details are handled with the utmost care and precision. Adding anything to the sound can easily drown the original concept, so this is only done sparingly and with the utmost care and respect. I have the possibility to add every desirable color and variation with a extensive outboard collection.

  33. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  34. A: The GKG Mastering studio - Designed by Mueller-BBM - is able to acoustically challenge even the most renowned competition. With a frequency linearity of +-0.5dB from 20Hz-20kHz, it is a truly world- class workplace. To make use of these perfect conditions, some of the best speakers in the world are available: Revel Ultima Salon 2 and Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Series 2 (modified for even greater balance). The electric power conditions on site are very stable and clean, complemented by the highest quality cabling. This perfectly balanced power system enables an excellent signal-to-noise ratio and perceived dynamics, as well as enabling the outboard to truly shine. To achieve the highest possible flexibility, the combination of cutting-edge digital technology with the most acclaimed outboard is available. Every piece of hardware at the GKG studio has been meticulously adapted and customized to complement the mastering chain perfectly. The audio converter system, as well special mastering software are custom built, in-house designs, and deliver a very crisp and natural sound with up to 64 bits resolution. We have developed a unique technique in cooperation with vinyl record cutting engineers, that makes it possible to record an optimal vinyl record master parallel to the CD/digital distribution master., This process is used in every project, and combines and transports all positive attributes of the master formats. It guarantees a dynamic and loud, yet broad sound on vinyl record, and delivers masters that have the same dynamic sound and groove on all media - guaranteeing a high recognition value.

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

  36. A: Every Mix and every production offer new and interesting insights one can learn and grow from. Every artist I have worked with has been inspiring through their music, identity, and way to communicate. With so much inspiration and input, the art is in sorting it all out and turning it into something unique and special.

Terms Of Service

Track master includes: In-depth mix feedback unit, All fortmats for digital distribution (also high-resolution ADM ex. MFiT, YouTube, Facebook, etc.), Restoration unit, Sequencing, Revisions

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  • Sontec MES 430
  • Shadowhills Mastering Comp Class A ED
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  • Focusrite Blue 315MkII
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  • Manley Vari-Mu ME
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