Nicky Howard

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Credits for Anjunadeep, Afterlife (Tale of Us), This Never Happened, WuGd (Jax Jones), Universal, Sony, Warner and many more. A personal service since 2010.

Perfecting the art of listening, I'm the 2nd set of trusted ears that'll help achieve your vision.

I’ve worked professionally in the music industry for over 20 Years and independently mastering for the past 14. I have both the privilege of working regularly with major labels and the pleasure of helping new artists gain success.

My work spans a broad spectrum of genres, the majority being somewhere in the Dance, Pop, Hip-Hop and Electronic music scene.

Some of the well-known artists on my credits include Rhymefest (Grammy Winning Artist), Ewan McVicar (UK Top 20 Artist), Wyclef Jean (Grammy Winning Artist), Franky Wah (UK Top 100 Artist), Lion Babe (Billboard Top 100 Artist), Caitlin DeVille, Max Cooper, Tech Panda, and more.

My process involves working closely with clients on a personal level that's both friendly and professional. I love to know what you want, what you expect, and what you hope to achieve. My ethos is to deliver a bespoke service to your exact needs that goes above & beyond expectations.

Music is magic, it's at the heart of human emotion, I'll bring this to the forefront for your listeners.

IG: @masteredbynicky

Collaboration is the key to success, get in touch and let's make some music!

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

Credits

Discogs verified credits for Nicky Howard
  • Deen (2) Feat. Unanimo
  • Evren Besta
  • Trim The Fat
  • Trim The Fat
  • Collioure
  • Adastra (3)
  • Fendler
  • Overcast Sound Feat. Jenny Mayhem
  • Overcast Sound
  • 1OO1O
  • Tektane
  • Zalza
  • Deen (2) Feat. Unanimo
  • Zalza
  • Sylvano (4)
  • Various
  • Drifting In Silence
  • Josah
  • Evren Besta
  • N I M B V S
  • N I M B V S
  • IMGJ
  • Soft Blue Shimmer
  • Diürn
  • Signal Void
  • Braxton (6)
  • IMGJ
  • Various
  • Medaci
  • Medaci
  • Manuel Tricky
  • Manuel Tricky
  • Chachi Romero*
  • IMGJ

124 Reviews - 25 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Big B.
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    Great working with Nicky! I had a tight deadline but comms was great and the finished project sounds great!

  2. Review by Liam G.
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    Nicky is an absolute pleasure to work with and the results from his mastering are amazing.

  3. Review by Kling A.
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    Nicky is super talented. He puts a lot of effort into every project and executes perfectly every time.

  4. Review by Jan Rosenthal
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    Nicky's work is exceptional! He put in a lot of effort to fully understand the direction I envisioned for my master and delivered outstanding results.

  5. Review by John Lynx
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    If you want an excellent mastered song Nicky is your guy. Very great to work with and nothing but quality and professionalism :)

  6. Review by Michael
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    Really enjoyed the collaboration : ) Response time was fantastic as well as the delivery. Look forward to working again on the next project very soon!

  7. Review by Paul M.
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    Great mastering service from Nicky, the comms were top class too! No revisions were required on my submission. Sounded great on various headphones, speaker set ups. Would highly recommend this service

  8. Review by Scott G.
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    Nicky is a top-notch sound engineer. His mix work is exceptional, and his steady professionalism is noticeable. Always prompt, patient, and pleasant, Nicky makes multiple adjustments readily and effectively. His honesty in his work matches his great talent. Quite simply, working with Nicky is always a pleasure.

  9. Review by Jeffrey B.
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    Top quality work. Great Communication. Quick turnaround. Definitely will collaborate with Nicky again soon!

  10. Review by Kyle R.
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    4th time working with Nicky. Dude is a legend.

  11. Review by William Tomaas
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    Nicky did an incredible job. Really brought my track to life. He is extremely professional, helpful and flexible work with.

  12. Review by Dubem O.
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    Was a pleasure working with Nicky! Was very attentive to my vision and accommodated any changes I requested, will definitely work with him again in the future!

  13. Review by AD Audio Garage
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    The finest mastering engineer I've worked with,

    He listens to notes and does his Magic , I recommend him totally
    Go For it Guys

  14. Review by Joshua S.
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    Working with Nicky was an absolute pleasure! Great communication, super helpful, and a quick turnaround on the project with high quality results 👌

    Looking forward to working with him again in the future 🤩

  15. Review by Kling A.
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    It's always a pleasure working with Nicky. Great communication and always the best end result.

  16. Review by Danny Bask
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    It is great working with Nicky Howard again. His communication is prompt and professional and his work speaks for itself so people keep coming back. I highly recommend Nicky Howard as a mastering engineer.

  17. Review by Brent L.
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    Nicky was responsive, professional, collaborative - and above all else, totally matched the vision of what I was looking for. He understood my reference tracks and the direction I had in mind, and then helped that vision come to fruition!

  18. Review by Harry B.
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    Great to work with, efficent and meets the deadline, will work with again

  19. Review by Sami Capaldi
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    Nicky is incredibly professional and the results really speak for themselves. His communication through out the project is perfect and he delivers within the timescale specified.

  20. Review by Kyle R.
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    Second time working with Nicky. Awesome work and great advisor!

Interview with Nicky Howard

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

  2. A: Monitors (Kii Three + BXT), Headphones (Audeze - LCD-X), Chair (Herman Miller), Room (Custom Designed), Bobby (My Studio Dog).

  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

▪️Unlimited Revisions (For Submitted Files).
▪️Fast Turnaround.
▪️Freindly & Professional Service.

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Gear Highlights
  • Custom Studio Space
  • Kii THREE BXT Refrence System (Custom)
  • Lynx Hilo
  • SPL Hermes
  • Thermionic Culture The Phoenix
  • Bettermaker Darthlimiter
  • Gyraf G14-S
  • Elysia XFilter-ME
  • TK-Audio BC2-ME
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