THE Creative Engineer in mastering electronic music and indie rock, pop and boom bap genres! Want to stand out on Spotify or Tidal or Apple Music? Dan D'Ascenzo is known worldwide for his specialisation and skills in delivering optimised Masters for Streaming Platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Youtube,.. and for regular download stores.
Reigning the Walloon region in Belgium, LeftRight Audio Studio is under the command of Audio Engineer Dan D’Ascenzo, who is dealing with creative Mastering and Mixing, as well as sound design, music and beat making.
It is a warm location in a green area surrounded by nature, hosting lots of workshops, group & private sessions, as well as attended individual projects.
Strategically located between Germany, Holland and Belgium, Leftright Studio positions itself among the high-end mastering studios worldwide and presents itself with carefully selected gear from the best brands like Dangerous Music, SPL, Antelope and others (for more details feel free to check the detailed list presented under equipment).
Dan has been in the field for more than 15 years, both practicing and as a lecturer in SAE Institute. He is well known for his warm, human approach of the projects he works on and in the relationship with his clients. His creative style applies to all genres of music and artists as long as there is emotion in the productions which he then brings to another level.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
2 ReviewsEndorse Dan D'Ascenzo Mastering
Dan has a great ear and I am very happy with his touch on the first track we worked on so far.
Before my last release I sent two files to different Mastering Studios. At the end it was easy to decide for Dan, as his work was simply the best. I also played the different versions in front of friends and we all came to the same conclusion. Beside the technical reasons I also need to say that working with Dan is fun and a pleasure.
Interview with Dan D'Ascenzo Mastering
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently had the chance to master an Unplugged Live album from a French artist. It’s been a long time since I mastered a live recording, especially not for the actual streaming era. If you are interested to have a listen, here’s the link: https://open.spotify.com/album/2tgmEJ8BLMRzlmwsefSSfo?si=8PcOxVVtQoyeAx1QJer8-Q
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! But Analog first ;) Because mostly I'm oldschool. I love technology.. but I can't achieve the same powerful sound with digital only. And on the flip side, digital are essential to tweak my sound upfront the analog rig and after.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You won't regret!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: To read all the positive reviews that my happy customers send me.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That in 2017 most still want to have loud Masters! It's over.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you want to stand out on streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal or Youtube, then you knock at the right door! I master the loudness normalisation and all the music that I've mastered and that are released on the streaming services stand out way more than everyone else!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Zoom H4N, MPC, Apollo Twin, Heaphones. That's it.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If you're happy with you mixdown, take a break for some times.. Then open the session again and turn DOWN the loudspeakers at the minimum audible possible.. You will detect directly if elements like for instance HiHats or cymbals,... stand out too much.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I bring my sound signature to any kind of music. Mostly Electronic Music (incl. Pop, Hip-Hop, Boom bap).
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: When I listen to the dong for the first time, I've a clear idea on the creative decision I'll take to bring it to the next level, thanks to my beautiful analog outboards, speakers and room.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My Speakers are Amphion Two18 + BaseOne 25 system My Mastering console: SPL DMC red AD/DA: For stereo mastering: Antelope Pure2 + 10M Atomic Clock For stems purposes: UAD Apollo 16 + Dangerous Busic 2BUS+ Signal Processing: SPL M/S Master + Dangerous Music Liaison My analog Outboard: Equalizers: SPL PQ Mastering EQ RED Edition SPL Passeq RED Sontec 250A modified Dynamic control: SPL IRON Mastering Compressor Red Edition Foote P3S ME Compressor HCL Varis Valve Compressor SSL 4000G Bus Compressor custom build 1176 stereo custom build Other magical stuff: Electric Lane Black Coffee Pre Amp Aphex Aural Exiter 250 C III Sound Signature: STUDER A80 TAPE MACHINE Interconnect: Vovox Sonorus Direct S – Purum certified Studio Digital Tools & Plugins: Universal Audio’s UAD QUADx2 + Apollo 16: Full option Plugin Alliance Flux Sonnox Playback: Presonus Studio One V4 Protools 10 & 12 Logic Pro X Ableton 9 -10 Stanton ST.150 Turntable Studer A80 Tape Machine DAW / Workstation: Studio One Pro V4 Wavelab 9.5
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Anything with lots of dynamic and vibe. Rare these days.. though dynamic is the new loud..
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Probably to be aligned with my creative decisions.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listening first! I believe that Mastering as also a lot to do with explaining what you hear. I attach particular importance to the communication with my customers to help them and to give them advises for delivering me their best mixdown possible.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I provide stereo mastering, delivered in 2 formats: Optimised masters for Streaming Platforms (like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Youtube (video and music (new)),..) and for download stores (Bandcamp, iTunes (incl. MFiT), SOundcloud, Beatport & co,..) and also stems mastering and full mixdown services as well.