Mastering is the final process in all professional recordings. "Mastering" is often a mystery to many people. However, the goal of mastering is quite simple, to take a song and make it reach its greatest potential. Getting the best sound out of your newly mixed songs generally requires a third party, a mastering engineer with a fresh set of ears, one who has not been immersed in the process of tracking and mixing those songs. Many recording studios do not specialize in mastering, which also creates a need for a proper mastering studio.
The process of mastering is about objective listening, adding a third party to the table also adds another way of thinking about the big picture. Second in importance to a mastering engineer's finely trained ears, are the tools of the mastering engineer. This includes an accurate well-tuned room (listening enviroment), an extremely high quality monitoring path including extremely accurate Analog to Digital and Digital to Analog converters, and high fidelity accurate mastering quality monitors (speakers). These are the basics for listening and playback. Additionally, professional mastering often employs EQ, Compression, and other processing. In general, we prefer to use analog mastering tools instead of their digital counterparts when it comes to processing.
Although mastering takes generally less time than recording and mixing of any project, it is no less important. The whole goal of mastering, is for your music to have a national sound, a professional final master ready to be sent to duplication. We create consistent volumes between songs, we can make songs louder, we employ consistent equalization (i.e. bass, mids, highs), we smooth transitions between songs (fade ins, fade outs, standardized or custom space between tracks). Often times, songs are too "bright" or "bass heavy" before mastering, that also can be remedied. The talent of a mastering engineer lies in knowing what is called for in a particular situation. The creativity lies in adding warmth, depth, widening the stereo image of a recording, and masterfully using EQ to bring out the best in a song. The end result of our mastering will add a theme of continuity in the entire project and from one song to the next.
Mastering Engineer - Nathan Eldred is well known and respected nationally among audio engineers for his knowledge and expertise in the field. Nathan Eldred has over 9 years commercial mastering experience. With his experience, golden ears, and our arsenal of true mastering quality gear you can't go wrong with Atlas Mastering, we gaurantee it!
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Mastering can do the following things:
Atlas Mastering Suite Features:
Klein & Hummel O300D Monitors
PMC AML-1 Mastering Monitors
Millennia Media NSEQ-2
Crane Song Trakkers
Crane Song HEDD-192s
Chandler TG Channels
Ampex ATR-800 1/4" 2 Track Analog Reel to Reel
Lavry 4496 Blue Series Stereo A/D
Lavry 4496 Blue Series Stereo D/A
Mytek Stereo192 ADC
Mytek Stereo96 DAC
Plus way more, check out the A Rate Gear List!
Over 9 years experience mastering music!
Weiss Digital EQ1-DYN Dynamic 96kHz EQ
Sonic Timeworks Mastering Limiter
Waves "Masters" w/"Lookahead" Function
Samplitude 7.12 (Most current version)
We can do all of the following at the rate of $95/hr.
A Better Name (pop-punk), Agony in the Garden (metal), Allow Effort (rock), Allujah (reggae), Anthony Hopkins (r&b), Attica (metal), Brad Farris (country songwriter), Boney Fiend (old-school punk), Brian Chunn, Brittany Henson (vocalist), Catapult (rock) (Boston, MA & UK), Catchphrase (punk), Chad Chatham (folk), Chalk People (alternative rock),
CYC Praise Band (christian rock), Drag 21 (punk), Earth Made Man (metal), Eric Le (pop), Every Single Day (indie/post hardcore), Faulen (nu metal), Flatland (bluegrass), Fork (rock), Frankie Lee Cintron (country), G8 (rock), Gate 343 (alt rock), Garbage Pail Kids (punk), Gudjon Carroll (hip-hop), Headfirst (metal), Hit the Planet (alternative pop), Ivory JOE (pop-punk/emo), Jim Morris (tropical humor/island), Johnny Utah (hip-hop), Kaos Kult (industrial), k.f.p. (MS) (emo/pop-punk), Linda D'Alessandro (acoustic folk), Master Mind Enterprises, Melissa (R&B), Moose (hip-hop), Never The Less (melodic punk), Never Say Never (rock/punk), Nothing Yet (punk), Not that Kid Again (pop-punk), Overthrow (hardcore/straight edge), Out of Time (garage), Peppi Shell Entertainment, Perfect Harmony (christian contemporary jazz), Prophecy (FL) (metal), Raptor Records, Randy Leapley (covers), Screwface (rock), Shot Heard Around The World (hardcore), Sleeping by the Riverside (post hardcore), Steve Schember (folk/acoustic), Strive (rock), Sudden Death (hardcore metal), Tiger (hip-hop), The Culprits (christian punk), The Grain (alternative pop), The Real Fisticuffs (punk), The Rules (electronica), The Shrinky Dinks (punk), The Scams (old-school punk), The Simpletons (pop-punk), The Truth (folk), Yeti (metal)