Release is a mastering house dedicated to handcrafting your sound. This means no AI mastering, no cutting corners & only high fidelity audio. We have worked with the likes of Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan, Jadakiss, Camylio as well as a long list of upcoming talent. This is mastering without compromise.
A mastering house based out of London, England. Our team holds degrees in areas such as Audio Engineering, Music Production, Songwriting + DJ Production. We work alongside Universal Music Group, Known Strangers and regularly partner with ReverbNation.
We pride ourselves on clear communication, fast delivery and quality sound. We spend time understanding your vision, explaining our processes, and helping you deliver the best possible sound to your listeners.
Your time with our team will consist of:
1.) Receiving your mix for review and analysis - here we're looking for any possible imperfections within the mix that can be quickly fixed and getting a feel for your sound in order to pair you with the best engineer for your style.
2.) Discuss order requirements, deadline and expectations - here we ask a series of questions that help us to better understand your needs for the project, this helps us nail it first time.
3.) Complete the mastering - we take your track away and work our magic.
4.) Deliver track and invite revisions - your mastered track will be delivered and we will open the floor for any revisions you may have.
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Interview with Release Mastering
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently working on some mastering for upcoming 2022 film release of Crow Valley.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hybrid. There are pros and cons to both so why choose one or the other? Digital provides surgical precision which allows us to have greater control when making corrective mix moves. Alternatively, analogue provides great sculping to the sound, as well as an authentic richness which you'd struggle to get anywhere else.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It has to be the A/B comparison between the original mixdown and final master. Getting to hear where the track started vs where it has been elevated too never gets old. That, or the collaboration process. Receiving a track that makes you excited to work on and be a part of is very special.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception about mastering is that it's all about loudness. True mastering is about tailoring a sound which is true to the musician and well received by the listener.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Can you provide any reference tracks/artists that you think sound great or have a similar style? Where will this project be distributed? (i.e. Streaming, CD, Vinyl, Live/Club Play)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you're unsure of how the mastering process works don't worry, we're happy to talk you through our process and ensure your mix is ready before we get started. Ensure you leave at least 3dB headroom in the mix and come with some reference tracks/artists!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Our mastering style can be described as detailed, rich, immersive and clean.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any artist with a real passion for what they create with the ability to put their vision into words.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Levelling your mix correctly will solve 80% of all of your issues. Spend time getting the right balance before throwing effects at your mix. Also, less is more - consider cutting before boosting.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: We prominently work with Hip Hop, EDM, R&B, Pop and Singer/Songwriter projects. Having multiple engineers with wide skillsets means we're able to be incredibly flexible with the projects we take on.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Critical listening. We'll analyse a track multiple times before ever touching a parameter or effect. Having different listening experiences is crucial. For example, your very first listen will be able to indicate any distractions within the mix, the second listen will allow you to dissect the piece further, third, fourth or fifth listens may see the use of different audio systems, visual analysers and volume fluctuations. These steps are what helps us sculpt your sound profile and make meaningful changes.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: We add subtle, purposeful changes that help your track not only sit with the industry leaders but stand out amongst them!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Quincy Jones Andrew Scheps Jon Bellion Michael Jackson
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: High Fidelity Mastering. Making small purposeful changes to elevate the mix to compete with big industry players, while keeping the sound true to the original vision. We consider the stereo image to achieve an immersive yet controlled sound, reference tracks to best align your mix with music you respect and appreciate, tonal balancing to ensure your sound translates well across all mediums and systems, and distribution needs to help your project shine whether on streaming platforms, CD or vinyl. .
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: The first step to great mastering is full in-depth analysis of a track. We're looking at the waveform as it arrives in the DAW, we're listening to the stereo image, we're analysing the tonal balance across the track, we're listening for any distractions or unique qualities that should be discussed further, and we're taking an active listen to suggested reference tracks or artists. Once analysis has been complete and we have sent back any mix suggestions we get started with the modules and plugins. We look to make a series of small changes that when put together provide that final 10% push it takes to have your track industry ready. Once we're happy with the processing we re-analyse the track with the original mix in mind and sign off on the final track.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We always promise an authentic experience. From the communication we offer to the project we deliver, we will remain honest and true throughout.