Mastering secrets?
It’s a secret I’m willing to share:

LOUD!
Yet still clear, punchy, wide, warm, crisp and harmonically rich!


It’s not something you’d ordinarily be able to get easily digitally. It takes some analog touch. Obviously if you started off with a mix from my mixing service, mastering is included, but if you’re just looking for mastering, I can create enough analog fatness in the mastering process alone!

Audio professionals like you and I know that the old “Louder is better” cliche just isn’t true. It’s only louder. It just overwhelms our ears. But, while a loud track can get a lot of attention, it is usually overcompressed and loses detail. It’s like loud white noise. I still deliver that attention getting loudness, but it’s like a billion pixel photo, with every single little detail still crisp, full, rich and warm.

Mastering fully complies with the latest high resolution (24 Bit/96 KHz) "Mastered for iTunes" standard as well as the (16 Bit/44,1 KHz) CD Red Book standard.


THE SECRET BEHIND THE SOUND
...the rare vintage Helios console


DAVID BOWIE SIGNATURE

In the 60's and the 70's, the sound produced by Helios Mixing Consoles revolutionized music. No one had ever heard a rich, warm, fat sound like it before. All the legendary artists in those days in Europe, and in America used a Helios console.

Helios center section with David Bowie signature

MIX MAGAZIN ARTICLE

Only a handful Helios consoles were ever made, and many of them have since been stripped down. The rarity, even in their heyday is why only the top artists got to use them. ´The Beatles used a Helios console. So did The Stones. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and David Bowie. And I've got the very one David Bowie used to record "Low" and "Heroes". He loved the sound so much that he signed it.

Mix Magazine article about the Helios console




(WHILE WE ARE SHARING SECRETS)

Focusrite sent their engineer down to my mixing studio to get in on the magic and emulate the rich sound
of my Helios console for their digital "Liquid Channel" product range

(SHHHH - DON'T TELL ANYBODY!)

GERMAN ENGINEERING


Clemens Schleiwies - German Mixing and Mastering Engineer.

I just love big, plump, voluptuous, curvy, warm ... uh - - SOUNDS. OH. That's right, we're talking about mastering, here, aren't we?
I love that too!

Clemens Schleiwies

Credits include:

Big Boy, Red Friday, Violetta Parisini, Tuner, Markus Reuter, Isham, Ian Boddy, Aloha From Hell, Amos, One Fine Day, Betty Blitzkrieg, All Is Dual, Natural, Revolverheld, My Flea Circus, Leo Aberer, Anna David, Marc Sway, Columbus, Redundant Rocker, Karen David, Mila Misu, Weather Girls and many more...

Sony Music Mixing for BMG Mixing for Ariola Mixing for Universal Mixing for Columbia Mixing for Polystar

THE INCREDIENTS TO FAT

MODIFICATIONS


All of my vintage gear is meticulously restored recapped and modified to better than original specs. Nearly all modern commercially manufactured equipment used in my studio is modified to improve their performance. All cabling is upgraded to copperfree Sommer and Monster cables.

CONSOLE

Vintage HELIOS discrete console with 40 Olympic style EQs from 1972
32 channels with Mic Pre, 24 Monitor Inputs, 16 Output Busses,
8 Aux Busses, Total of 64 Inputs in Mixdown
RTW Broadcastmonitor
rebuild and modified by Charly Bohaimid

RECORDING

Analog
Studer A800 MKIII 2" 16 Track Tape Machine
Telefunken M15 1/2" Stereo Master Machine
Digital
Avid Pro Tools 12
Antelope Audio Orion 32 HD
Burl B2 Bomber ADC
Sound Devices MixPre 3
Waves DigiGrid Server One
Waves Digigrid IOC
Waves DigiGrid MGO
Waves DigiGrid D

OUTBOARD

Preamps
(1) API 312 MicPre (Vintage)
(8) Earthworks ZDT Pre-Amps
(32) Helios Pre-Amps (in console)
(8) Warm Audio (2x WA-412 4-channel)
Dynamics
(1) API 2500 Legacy Bus Compressor
(1) API 525c Compressor (vintage)
(8) Audio Design F760 Compressor
(2) DBX 160 VU
(1) Drawmer DS 201 Gate
(1) Foote Control System P3S Compressor (ME)
(1) Gates Sta-Level
(1) Inward Connections The Brute Compressor
(1) NTP 179-170
(1) Solid State Logic FX G384 with Gold Can VCAs
(2) Standard Audio Level-Or
(1) Thermionic Culture Vulture Mastering
EQ
(1) Custom Discrete Elliptical EQ
(1) Dangerous Music Bax EQ
(1) Little Labs VOG
(5) Moog Ladder Filter

Effects

(1) Bricasti M7
(1) Digital Domain DD-2
(2) Lexicon PCM 42
(1) Modulation Sciences MSI MYB-2 Stereomaxx
(1) Yamaha SPX-990
(1) Roland SDD-320 Dimension D
(1) SPL SX2

MONITORING

Lipinski L-707
ASR Emitter 1 Clear Blue
Auratone 5RC (vintage)
Bryston 3B ST
Crane Song Avocet IIA
Beyerdynamic DT-770 M
Sennheiser HD 600
Sennheiser HD 25
Spiral Ear 5-Way Ultimate
STAX SR-007MK2
STAX SRM-727II
Waves DigiGrid Q

MICROPHONES

Binaural
(1) Neumann KU-100
Large Diaphragm Condenser
(1) Neumann U47 (with rare Siemens label)
(1) Neumann U47fet i (vintage)
(1) Neumann U67 (vintage SLO)
(1) Neumann U87 (vintage)
(1) Neumann SM69fet
(1) Lomo 19a9
(1) Sony C37a
(1) Horch RM2J MKII
Small Diaphragm Condenser
(1) Neumann KM 54a
(2) Neumann KM 84i
(2) Neumann KMS 105
(2) Neumann Gefell MV101
(1) DPA 4080 Lavalier
(1) Roede Lavalier
(1) Sennheiser MKH 415 T
(1) Shure Beta 91
(2) Sony C535p
Ribbon
(2)Beyerdynamic M160
(2) Coles 4038
(1) RCA 44BX
(1) Royer R-121
Dynamic
(1) AKG D20
(2) AKG D224E (2)
(1) Beyerdynamic M380 TG
(4) Beyerdynamic M201 N(C)
(1) Beyerdynamic M88 N(C)
(1) Beyerdynamic M67
(1) Electro Voice RE20
(2) Electro Voice 635A
(5) Sennheiser MD 421-2 (Script Logo)
(2) Sennheiser MD 441-2
(1) Sennheiser MD 409 N
(1) Shure SM7
(1) Shure SM7A
(4) Shure SM 57
(2) Shure SM 57 Unidyne III
(2) Shure SM 59
(1) Shure KSM8

INSTRUMENTS

Keys & Synths
Steinway Grand Piano Model O
Wurlitzer 200A Electric Piano
Roland Juno 60
Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer
Sequential Circuits Drumtraks
Kawai VPC-1
Drums
Gretsch Round Badge 22"x14" 3-ply Kick from 1952
Gretsch Round Badge 22"x14" 3-ply Kick from 1960
Gretsch Round Badge 20"x14" 6-ply Kick from 1960
Gretsch Round Badge 13"x09" 6-ply Tom from 1960
Gretsch Round Badge 16"x16" 6-ply Tom from 1960
Gretsch Round Badge 14"5.5" Snare from 1960
Ludwig Acrolite 14"x5" Snare from 1964
Popercussion BigBass Cajon
Istanbul Agop 30th Anniversary 14" HiHat
Istanbul Agop 30th Anniversary 18" Crash
Istanbul Agop 30th Anniversary 22" Ride
Paiste 3000 Heavy 13" HiHat
Paiste 2002 10" Splash
Paiste 2002 1" Splash
Paiste Signature Line 8" Splash
Paiste Signature Line 16" Fast Crash
Sabian 12" AA Sound Control Crash
Ufip Natural Series 16" China
Ufip Natural Series 18" China
Zildjian 14" A-Series New Beat Hi-Hat
Zildjian 13" K-Series Hi-Hat
Zildjian 20" K-Series Ride
Guitar & Bass
ESP Viper Guitar
ESP Custom Shop Stratocaster
Fender JV Stratocaster ST 62-115 from 1983
Fender JV Telecaster TL52-95 from 1982
Fender Stratocaster "STRAT" from 1980
Fender JV P-Bass PB62-98 from 1982
Lowden F-35 Redwood / Cuban Mahagony
Amps
Ampeg B15 NF 25 Watt from 1966
Fender Princeton Reverb (Blackface from 1965)
Fender Superchamp with EV Force 10 Speaker
Marshall JCM 800 (2203) Lead 100W Red Tolex
Mesa Boogie Mini Rectifier
Orange Micro Dark
Grossman Recording Cabinet with Vintage EVM 12L 8 Ohm Speaker
Pedals & Effects
Boss OC-3 Super Octave
Boss ODB-3 Bass Overdrive
Boss PH-2 Super Phaser
Diaz Texas Tremodillo (blue)
Electro Harmonix Micro Synthesizer (Vintage)
ISP Decimator
Lastgasp Art Laboratories Yongo Superfuzz
Maxon OD808 Overdrive
Palmer Daccapo
Providence Chrono Delay
Rupert Neve Designs RNDI
Seymour Duncon Pickup Booster
TC Electronic Ditto X2 Looper
Tech 21 SansAmp RBI
Toneczar Openhaus Distortion

HOW DOES IT WORK?


Alright, these are the next steps...

Online Mastering Step 1
STEP 1

Click "Book Now" and you'll be redirected to PayPal where you can indicate how many songs you want to have mastered. You now have the Engineers attention.

Online Mastering Step 2
STEP 2

After payment is received - (Thank you) - you'll be given a private Dropbox folder where you can upload your audio files.

Online Mastering Step 3
STEP 3

I’ll take your files from the secure Dropbox transfer them to 1/2" analog tape and work on them with enchanted ingredients like the Helios console and other boutique analog mastering gear!

Online Mastering Step 4
STEP 4

I'll send you your mastered track back to you through Dropbox. When you play it, be sitting down. LOUD has a powerful effect on people. Listen very intently. And more than once. Then tell me if there's anything you'd like to change. And I'll revise and tweak the master to satisfy your request.

Online Mastering Step 5
STEP 5

I'll send back your re-mastered track. We repeat until you'll give your enthusiastic final OK. But remember I can only do this once. More than that and it begins working against itself. It's happened before. Just trust me on this.

Online Mastering Step 6
STEP 6

I`ll deliver the final mastered files, ready for release. You will get a "Mastered for iTunes" version in high resolution 24 Bit/96KHz, as well as a 16 Bit/44,1 KHz version.

NOTHING SOUNDS LIKE ANALOG TAPE

OK, WHAT`S THE DARK SIDE
OF ALL THIS FUN


Analog mastering of one song costs 95 EUR. I also offer a analog stem bounce offer for 65 EUR for those of you who just need to borrow my analog chain for a drum bus or vocal track.

Please also read my very fair 100% money back guarantee below the price chart!

STEM BOUNCE
65 € /stereo


Antelope DA / Burl Bomber AD

Vintage Helios Console

Telefunken 1/2" Analog Tape

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ONLINE MASTERING
95 € /song


Loud & punchy

Tape compression

24Bit/96KHZ & 16Bit/44,1KHZ

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ONLINE MIXING
490 € /song


Full blown analog mix

FREE Mastering

Includes analog tape usage

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REFUND POLICY


It's painless and simple.
Bookings can be canceled for a full refund until the evening before the scheduled mastering session.
If you do not absolutely love my master and if you’re not completely satisfied with how big, warm and loud your new mix sounds, then I don’t deserve your money.

So, listen to this refund offer:
Within 60 days, have the track mastered again by one of the following mastering engineers:
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Bernie Grundman, Greg Calbi, Ted Jensen, Tom Coyne, Chris Gehringer, Emily Lazar,

...and if you like their mastering better than mine, send me a copy of the master
and I will cheerfully give you a 100% full refund of my fee!


It's just fair and down to earth.