Nicky Howard

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Clients & Labels include Anjunadeep | Max Cooper | Global Underground | Franky Wah | Afterlife (Tale of Us) | Braxton | Confession (Tchami) | Ewan McVicar | Lion Babe and More…

Hi, I'm Nicky. If you're looking for a modern, bold sound that'll make your music explode with life, let's work together!

I've been a pro mastering engineer for 20 years, working since 2010 from my custom-designed and built studio space in Yorkshire (UK). In 2022 I was nominated for the Music Producers Guild (MPG) Mastering Engineer of the year award.

Equally at home with major and independent artists, I love working alongside anyone passionate about getting the most for their music. I achieve this by providing a friendly, open and experienced addition to your project.

I'd love to work on a project with you, so hit the big green "Contact" button and let's get started. 😀👍

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59 Reviews - 12 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Georgio
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    Really enjoy working with Nicky. His video responses are a great touch. Very happy with the results!

  2. Review by Denny White
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    Nicky was great to work with, really went the extra mile with feedback on the mix and delivering a killer master! highly recommend for whatever your project needs.

  3. Review by FREYER B.
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    First time getting my music mastered, great results and a quick turn around time.
    I will defo use Nicky for mastering work in the future.

  4. Review by Reymundo L.
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    Nicky is simply the best mastering engineer I know. This is my third time working with him for a reason! His attention to detail and love for what he does is shown from the very first step until the end of the project. Thank you, Nicky!

  5. Review by Richard B.
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    Amazing work from Nicky - turned the track around quickly and the results are fantastic, really took my track to the next level. Also provided the track in various ready to release formats which is fantastic. Highly recommended!

  6. Review by Seas Of Rhythm
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    Nicky Howard always delivers outstanding results and provides in-depth crucial mix feedback to help get the very best track possible. A true top pro in the business.

  7. Review by Mackenzie
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    Always great working with Nicky. You won't be disappointed.

  8. Review by Justin M.
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    Always good working with Nicky, masters turned out great!

  9. Review by Kling A.
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    Always a pleasure to work with Nicky! He knows his stuff and will do the best possible for every track.

  10. Review by Theo J.
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    Nicky is a true genius at what he does. Reviewed my mix with me first before mastering, and learned a lot of good info from it. Definitely made my tracks sound a lot better. If you make house music Nicky is your guy!

  11. Review by Reymundo L.
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    Second time working with Nicky and it won't be the last! If somebody else offers you masters, say 'no, thank you' and send it over to Nicky. His in-depth feedback, technical understanding, and experience will only elevate your tracks to the best that they can be.

  12. Review by Lee Holden-Rushworth
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    Nicky is really easy to work with, professional and a complete Jedi at what he does.

    He offered me great advice before getting started which I'll take forward to the next project I begin and send him.

    Highly recommended!

  13. Review by Justin M.
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    Great masters from the master himself Nicky Howard

  14. Review by Kling A.
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    Nicky is a super experienced and talented mastering engineer. He knows what he's doing and will always get the best result out of every track.

  15. Review by Seas Of Rhythm
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    Perfect master by a top pro in the industry.

    Exactly what we wanted and in-line with our references.

    Very very happy!!

  16. Review by Kling A.
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    Nicky is a super talented mastering engineer. He is very helpful, honest and kind. I will let Nicky do my next masters.

  17. Review by Imad
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    Nicky did not disappoint one bit. He delivered 4 incredible masters, paying so much attention to detail and really taking the tracks sonically to the next level. Great communication, delivery was short notice but he managed to make things work for me and delivered on time! Thanks Nicky.

  18. Review by Kling A.
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    Nicky is an amazing mastering engineer. He really puts his soul in every project. I will let Nicky master my future projects. I'm super satisfied with the end result.

  19. Review by Seas Of Rhythm
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    Nicky Howard is very talented at what he does and gets the job done to perfection!

    We are extremely happy with the final mastered track.

  20. Review by Kling A.
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    Nicky is very skilled, helpful and a super talented mastering engineer. I will choose Nicky for my next master as well!

Interview with Nicky Howard

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Depends entirely on the task! There's a human connection to analogue that creates a certain sense of excitement that can get lots in the digital realm. On the whole, my analogue units are sonically superior when compared to their emulated digital counterparts, however, there are certain tasks when digital processing is simply the only tool for the job.

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

  4. A: That we simply look to make music louder. Loudness and playback levels are an important part of my job, hitting the perfect zone where any increased maximisation is bringing a positive enhancement and a certain density to the sound is part of the skillset of an experienced Mastering Engineer.

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

  6. A: Calvin Harris. Back at the very start of his career, he interviewed me as part of a Pete Tong show. It'd be great to come full circle especially given the phenomenal success he has achieved.

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

  8. A: I work my magic throughout a diversity of modern styles, from Pop chart mega hits to underground Dance anthems, from Rap & Hip-Hop monster beats to eclectic Electronic.

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

  10. A: I've been working as a professional mastering engineer for 18 years, 11 of which running my studio, The Fat Mastering. As a teenager, I had two passions, one for music and the other for technology. While at university, these interests become entwined into the pursuit of understanding how audio equipment operated. Graduating with a Masters Degree in electronic engineering with a dissertation on my design and build of a VST controlled analogue compression unit. While studying, I became heavily involved in the Sheffield (UK) dance music scene, producing and releasing music that would lead to my first mastering gig for one of these record labels. By graduation, an internship in a local production and mastering facility was already in place. I spent the next seven years learning my craft while furthering my knowledge with a Diploma of Higher Education in music, sound and technology. By 2010 I was handling the senior mastering work and decided that it was time to establish my own company, The Fat Mastering. Shortly after this, I became a member of the professional body Music Producers Guild and started to work closely with a broad range of industry professionals. Into the present, I continue to look to improve every aspect of my work and business. I'm always on the pulse of new and emerging technologies and looking for new and exciting clients.

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

  12. A: As a dedicated Mastering Engineer I'm responsible for the final stage in the production process prior to release. I'm the fresh ears and ideas that take a project across the finishing line. This involves enhancements to the client's audio and also ensuring that all of the required levels are optimally set before delivering correctly formatted media that's ready for distribution.

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

  14. A: I'm a fresh set of ears. I can confidently push a project over the finishing line and equally breathe life into one that requires a new perspective. I'm in a different studio space. The final Mastering stage includes quality control. Moving a project into a new space can help illuminate any areas of the mixing space that may be less than perfect.

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Terms Of Service

▪️Mix Feedback before Mastering.
▪️Unlimited Revisions.
▪️Fast Turnaround.
▪️Freindly & Professional Service.

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  • Watch a Full Mastering Session!Oct 18, 2021

    Full Mastering session in the studio with Nicky Howard from The Fat Mastering, UK. Watch from start to finish as we go step by step from the initial Quality Control, through the Enhancements made right up until final delivery. Working in Wavelab Pro 11 and jumping out of the box with some high-end analogue processing.

    Full Mastering Session on YouTube