Hi, I'm Nicky. If you're looking for a punchy modern sound that'll make your music STAND OUT! I'm your guy. Let's work together.
Amplifying To Perfection. As a professional mastering engineer of 18 years, I founded The Fat Mastering in 2010, a state of the art facility based in Yorkshire (UK) designed and built from the ground up with one purpose, Mastering. The most desirable analogue equipment and cutting edge digital processing deliver a truly modern sound.
Leading musicians know the significance of music that STANDS OUT!
They also know the fundamental value that only an experienced mastering engineer brings to accomplishing this. I'm a mastering engineer who will define, illuminate and magnify the very essence of your music.
I love to support, explain and inspire the best from you and your art. 🎨
Equally at home with major and independent artists, I simply love to work with people who are passionate about getting the very best out of their music. As a fully certified member of the Music Producers Guild and university graduate Masters Degree holder, I'm well qualified for my job.
As a mastering engineer, working with a style of music that you know every detail about is essential. The genres I listen to every day are Electronic, Dance, House, Techno, Trance, Pop and Rap/Hip-Hop. This focus on a range of specific styles is how I create outstanding Masters.
I'd love to work on a project with you, simply hit the big green "Contact" button and let's get started. ⚡️👨🏼🔧⚡️
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11 Reviews - 3 Repeat ClientsEndorse Nicky Howard
Nicky was extremely responsive and open to ideas on how to best collaborate. Most importantly he ended up creating a fantastic master that highlighted the best parts of my mix. Thanks Nicky!
Knowledgeable, responsive, and friendly! Nicky is great to work with and really knows his stuff - I’d absolutely work with him again, it was a great experience.
Great attention to details. Quick feedback. Very satisfied to work with Nicky!
Really impressive work, insanely fast turnaround and super helpful throughout. Thank you, Nicky!
Nicky had such a fast turn around time, got the project back much quicker than anticipated, without the sacrifice of quality. I’m amazed at how the project turned out, I will definitely be coming back to Nicky with my future projects!
Very satisfied with the mixing and mastering of my track!
Absolutely satisfied with the result. Huge, wide, punchy and warm mastering. Just what I was looking for. Nicky is a world class engineer and he gives a great service.
Best Job I heard so far.. Kudos to Fat Mastering.. Nicky keep up the Great Work..You'll be hearing from me again real soon..
I think he is an engineer who understands a wide range of dance music and can be an objective and effective mastering.
Very professional, open and flexible.
Top service and very very good result (y)
Very straight forward and pleasant to deal with, not to mention the tune sounds amazing! Great person to work with!
Interview with Nicky Howard
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Most of my mastering projects are around 90% analogue. There's a human connection to this type of work that just makes for a more exciting session. On the whole, my analogue units are sonically superior to their digital counterparts, however, there are certain tasks when digital processing is the best tool for the job.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
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.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
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 to the sound is part of the skillset of an experienced Mastering Engineer.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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.