We are an internationally acclaimed mixing and mastering studio with over 300 rave reviews on jazz albums we have mixed and mastered (Including 3 Downbeat Magazine awarded "Masterpiece Albums" and a Jazzwise "Best Release" of the year). We can take your album to the next level. Want your album to have that "world-class sound"? We can help.
We specialise in jazz and related music (fusion, world music, prog and avant rock). We bring over 20 years of experience and craft into making your album sound great. We know how tough it is out there for jazz artists financially, so we work with a sliding scale of fees depending on the nature and size project. Get in contact and let's talk about your project.
Find out more on our website: heronislandstudio.co.uk
What our clients are saying:
“This is the place where some of the absolutely best sounding albums on MoonJune Records were master-baked. Thanks to the sound wizard at Heron Island Studio.” Leonardo Pavkovic CEO, (Downbeat award nominated) MoonJune Records, New York City.
“Mark Wingfield at Heron Island has mixed and mastered numerous releases for Greydisc. His mixes are of the highest quality; always with clarity and balance. His mastering is superb; I have never been disappointed.” Kevin Kastning CEO, Greydisc Records, USA.
What the press is saying:
“Mixing and mastering of the gods” Late For The Sky - One of Europe’s most respected vinyl review sites
"Shines with remarkable depth and tonal quality... immediately apparent in the mix is how natural sounding every part is, with plenty of space surrounding each element." Mediaversal - The USA’s preeminent Hi-Res reviews site
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
8 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Mark Wingfield - Heron Island
Mark did excellent work on what was a quite a big project for just one track, and he got it sounding exactly how i want it and in very high quality too. Great to work with. Highly recommended.
It has been a pleasure to work with Mark on my music!! He is attentive to your needs, your taste, your requirements, and really adapt the sound to them...
Thank you very much for this great and prompt service!!
Mark goes above and beyond when working on a job, his knowledge and advice really helps you understand and improve your sound, this side of the music process.
Mark is my go-to Mixing engineer, his knowledge and understanding of music is second to non, helpful and keen to get your track sounding exactly how you want it, and sounding excellent too. Very easy to work and communicate with. Highly recommend.
Mark is very easy to work with and the quality of his mixing and mastering is superb. He really gets the best out of your music. Can't recommend him highly enough.
Mark did an excellent job mixing and mastering my project, really bringing out the quality of each instrument and giving them room to breathe. He was also incredibly helpful, and made sure you got the final mix you were aiming for.
Mark is able to bring depth and clarity to the mixing process, giving the instruments room to breath and sound great. His knowledge and advice for you to use in future projects is brilliant. Highly recommend!
Mark did excellent work on a one off track for me, really bringing it to life, and in great quality. Look forward to working with him again on the next project. Highly recommend.
Interview with Mark Wingfield - Heron Island
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I bring warmth and clarity to a mix, I like to hear the wood of and acoustic bass and the detail of complex ride cymbal work. I like each instrument to sound rich, vibrant and natural. Apart from that I let the music direct what I do, and approach things differently for each project's needs. The emotion of the music and of the performance is very important to me, so I work to help that project. If it's warm intimate track, I'll mix or master to help that come across and invite the listener in to the music. If it's a high energy track with intense performances, I'll mix or master to maximise the impact and power of the music. If on the other hand the music is about atmosphere and transporting the listener to another world, I will mix or master to accentuate whatever atmosphere the music is conveying. I also like to bring a sense of 3D depth to a track. This gives the instruments somewhere to be in relation to each other and I think that can help things sound more alive and real.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both are great. I grew up mixing to tape on all analog gear so I know that world extremely well. I can tell you from experience that not all analog gear sounds good. Mediocre or badly maintained gear and take away more than it adds to the sound. But the very best analog gear, if it's well maintained, can add some very nice qualities to the sound of a recording. To me it's these truly great pieces of gear that are of interest. However, recently plugin emulations of these great pieces of hardware have started to sound so good that you really can't tell the difference. Or the difference between hardware and software is less than between two different examples of the same hardware. And these days it's sometimes the case that the software actually sounds better than the analog gear it's copying. There are also a wealth of great audio software which can do things that analog just can't do. This has allowed mixing and mastering engineers to go beyond what used to be possible with pure analog studios. I still have racks of analog gear in my studio but I find myself calling on them less and less these days.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Adam A77X mixing monitors, my Dunlavy Mastering monitors, my Chord SPM 1000B power amp, my RealTraps acoustic panels, and my RME converters.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been mixing and mastering for over 20 years. I started mixing to tape in 100% analog studios, learning my craft on both sides of the Atlantic working in studios in Boston and then London. When software mixing became possible, I got into that early because I could see where things were going. So I've been using software alongs side analog for almost as long. I eventually specialised in jazz, world music and progressive rock. Also do some classical music. I got work for a couple of well known jazz labels in the US, many of the albums I mixed and mastered got great reviews from audiophile magazines as well as some high profile music reviews mentioning the quality of the mixes. This led to a lot more work and eventually I ended up mixing or mastering three different Downbeat Magazine Masterpiece Albums of the Year and a JazzWise Magazine Best Release of the Year.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I specialise in jazz but I also work with a lot of world music, progressive rock, fusion and some classical music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I bring warmth and clarity to a mix, with each instrument sounding rich and natural. This allows emotion of the performance to project and the details of the playing to shine. I also like to bring a sense of 3D depth to a track. This gives the instruments somewhere to be in relation to each other and the listener, and that helps the music sound more alive and real.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: One of THE most important aspects of any mixing and mastering studio is the acoustic treatment. My studio's acoustic treatment was designed and supplied by RealTraps, who have done many famous recording studios. Mixing monitors: The multi-award winning Adam A77X studio monitors. Adam monitors are also used by Abbey Road, Bomb Factory, Universal Studios, Deepwave, Rupert Neve, etc… etc.. Mastering monitors and amp: The acclaimed Dunlavy Viscount monitors. The speakers of choice for mastering legends Bob Ludwig, Jonathan Wyner etc.., lauded as the “Holy Grail” of accurate reference speakers. The Chord SPM 1000B is the reference amplifier of choice for many of the worlds top studios including: Abbey Road, Sony Music Studios, Decca, EMI etc… RME converters, famous for their ultra clear and detailed sound. Many high end processors both hardware and software.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I spend about equal amounts of time mixing and mastering. The two activities are quite different and require a whole different set of speakers and processors. They also require a very different mind set and I love both for different reasons.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jan Erik Kongshaug who mixed many of the famous records on the ECM label is a big inspiration for me.