Qbical Music Productions

Mastering Engineer

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High quality mastering service for electronic music.

Since 2006 I, Raymond van Baal, have been working as a mix and mastering engineer mainly focussing on electronic dance music while at the same time working as a producer and DJ in the same field.
Working out of my studio in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, I use my experience build up over the years to help people like you out with affordable mastering, mixing, or just free advice. Working in the digital domain allows me to work fast and efficiently, resulting in speedy delivery and high-quality end products!

To see a video about my services and the way I work, check here: https://youtu.be/jV5c7utd-8A

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I can deliver fast, high quality, and affordable masters using state-of-the-art digital studio technology that will deliver on CD, Vinyl, or digital download.

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Have your tracks properly mixed, ensuring the biggest sonic and emotional impact on listening? This works great when combining it with my mastering service, as a special deal to sound better users mastering is free when having your tracks mixed by me!

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

77 Reviews - 26 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Deepak K.
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    Very quick and reliable. wanna work with him on future as well. One of the best mastering engineer for techno and house.

  2. Review by Evan
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    I continually work with Raymond for all my masters, with each experience just as good as any previous. Great (and thorough) communication, and most importantly a phenomenal end result.

  3. Review by Ben M.
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    Qbical was great! Super responsive and easy to work with. Super happy with my masters!

  4. Review by Adrian L.
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    Raymond was friendly, professional and delivered a timely product that I'm also happy with, brings attention and good ears to what he does. Five stars.

  5. Review by Marco S.
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    Second time I work with Qbical, high quality and super professional. I’ll work with them in future for sure

  6. Review by Linus V.
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    Working with Raymond was such a great experience! Communication was super easy and his mastering skills are dope! :)

  7. Review by Marco S.
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    Raymond is the best partner you can find. Professional and always available for advice.
    Excellent final work, my tracks are now massive :)

  8. Review by Gibran W.
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    great work! very concise and responsive

  9. Review by Justin H.
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    Raymond does top-shelf work and is an absolute pleasure to work with. Definitely my go-to engineer on SoundBetter!

  10. Review by Hahn J.
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    Raymond has delivered my master with his professional touch amidst tight schedule. Definitely have intentions of further mastering assistance! Highly recommended.

  11. Review by Evan G.
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    Phenomenal as always. Finding a mastering engineer that consistently does exceptional work, and that you know what to expect every time without having to even think about, is invaluable. Always a pleasure working with Raymond, can't recommend enough!

  12. Review by Chealee
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    Raymond, Really professional with kind service. He take care his clients well. I will work with him again:)

  13. Review by Daniel T.
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    Qbical mastered my track with a quick turnaround time, and was available for some adjustments after personal taste. A pleasure to work with!

  14. Review by Jack B.
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    Raymond communicated very well, which, in my opinion, is the most important part of being an engineer. It truly felt like a collaborative experience with Raymond to get the final master sounding as it was intended to sound. Raymond also has a great ear, and the final master sounded very, very polished. Highly recommend!

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    Again awesome working with Qbical, thank you so much !!

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    I'm very happy with the result. Q did a great job mastering my piece, professional and with a quick turn around !

  17. Review by Justin H.
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    Raymond did an amazing job on my project and gave it that professional polish that I was looking for. He turned the project around quickly and was very courteous and understanding while working on my requested revisions. I will definitely be using Raymond again for my next project. Highly recommended!

  18. Review by Evan G.
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    Quick turnaround time, super fast communication, and a great sounding master as always!

  19. Review by Utsav B.
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    Quick response with quality work.

  20. Review by Hlib S.
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    Very professional mastering, highly recommend ;)

Interview with Qbical Music Productions

  1. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  2. A: What's the story or feeling you want to tell with the song. Is there a specific sound you're after. Those kinds of things really.

  3. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  4. A: It's always helpful to have a clear idea on what you want to get out of a mix or mastering session.

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

  6. A: I've been working professionally in the music business since 2006 releasing music under my artist name "Qbical". Since getting my degree in Music Technology in 2009 I've been working as a mastering and mix engineer.

  7. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  8. A: Watch your levels. In these modern days of DAW's everything is always turned up to the max which leads to distortion and less transparant results most of the time. Try using a gain meter on your individual tracks and keep your level at around -18dBFS by using a gain trim. It'll give you so much more headroom and clarity in your mixes!

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

  10. A: Electronic Music, all electronic music. But coming from a Rock and Punk background I don't mind a band project from time to time :)

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

  12. A: My goal is to emphasize the intended feeling or emotion of a given song.

  13. Q: What's your typical work process?

  14. A: Pretty straightforward actually, a client submits his song as a wav file or archive of wav files when mixing along with a description of the intended result in terms of sound. Always great to include some info on inspiration and things like that it will help me translate the story better in the mix or master. After I did my part I send the finished product back for review. If in any case there is a revision to be made the process repeats itself.

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. A: I have a small but feature packed little project studio build around an iMac with a Apollo Twin. Mastering and mixing work features a lot of UAD stuff along with products from FabFilter and some 'secret sauce' processing. In my production work I love to use my analog synths, being a huge Dave Smith fan I own a Mopho Key's and a Tetra. I also use a small MFB Little Synth for the more dirty sounding synth work. For recording I own a couple of capable but not very special microphones that get the job done. For more elaborate recording I book another studio here in the area.

  17. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  18. A: Music needs to trigger me on a certain emotional level to really inspire me. Artist that do this are for example the Chemical Brothers. Love how they use electronic gear to insert so much soul and emotion into their music.

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

  20. A: It's always about finding the best way to get the most out of the recording. This could be mastering, a proper mix of the song or just giving pointers on how to improve the song by going in a different direction in terms of arrangement or sound selection.

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