"Music isn't just sounds and notes. And sound in general isn't stationary. It moves. It has width and depth and height, and it has shades and colors and meaning. To us, it's a 3D painting. To us, audio mastering is the art of bringing that painting to life to fully represent the artist's intentions. It takes complete understanding of your gear on a level that might be considered unhealthy. And we learn to listen on a level that boarders manic compulsion. But we do it because it's part of us and we couldn't stop even if we wanted to. We're not just engineers, we're musicians too, and our approach will always be musical."
We focus on the use of hi-end analog gear for mastering. We believe that the depth and character achieved in the analog domain is what really helps a record stand out. There is no setting that "just works" for every record, and there is no set amount of time that it takes to master a record. Each record MUST be approached as a unique experience. Our goal is to provide each artist with a master that represents their unique vision AND meets our standards of quality. For us, anything short of satisfying both criteria is unacceptable.
We spend a lot of our free time hunting down, and modding gear. We have piles of gear! By doing so we create a wide palette of authentic sounds and vibes we can achieve. We take great care to choose the exact right pieces for each recording to help realize each artists specific vision. AND WE LOVE TAPE!
Nick and I work on every project together. We find that we gain a greater perspective by having another set of trusted ears in the room, and this greatly improves the quality of our mixes and masters. It also allows us to stay focused on the goals of the artist. Typically one of us will start engineering while the other is producing. The person producing is making sure that we adhere to the notes provided by the artist, and also listens from different points in the room. We then switch roles. This keeps the process fresh for both of us and ensures that we are observing and interpreting everything in as many ways as possible. Only when Nick and I are both completely happy with our work, will we consider it worthy of being sent out for approval by the artist.
~Rob - Owner/Engineer