Music professional with extensive experience in audio engineering and music technology. I strive to continue to improve my skill-set, and become better at all aspects of sound. Practice what you do know, learn what you don't know, and teach others.
Substantial Mastering is a professional mastering house with over a decade of experience. We supply the professional polish that is applied to a stereo, full-mix, pre-master audio file before sale and distribution. Additionally, all mastering services include an 'audio consultation service.' Which provides professional mix critique with constructive feedback offered to help prepare the best pre-master and the best end result possible. Get another set of ears on your mix.
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Interview with Substantial Mastering
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A band's debut album, a remix, and a couple of singles.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analog warmth and character, digital precision. The best of both worlds.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to provide a professional polish to your music, and help the creative intention shine.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love making music sound good.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have an example of released music you would like your masters to match in perceived level? Do you desire more loudness, dynamics, or a balance? What are your delivery formats? WAV? MP3? DDP? What is your deadline?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have over a decade of experience mastering music for release and distribution.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Start the mix down with your drum mix at -6dBFS, that way you will have enough headroom for a proper premaster when you are done. Hopefully without readjusting your volume levels.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All styles of Electronic Music, Progressive/Alt. Rock, Jazz, and Hip-Hop are usually what I'm working on.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Being able to hear what a mix is missing or might have too much of.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The final professional polish. The clearest version of the artists intent through the sound. Loud enough to compete with market levels, but with dynamics and the presence of attack transients maintained.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I always start off by simply listening and looking at the file to see if the waveform is clipping, or if there is enough headroom. Masters are tested on a variety of sound playback systems including laptop speakers, a consumer stereo system, and high quality professional studio monitors.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Bob Katz, Bob Ludwig, Robert Neve, Dave Pensado
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The bulk of my work consist of final audio mastering, stem mixing & mastering, and audio consultation.