VINTAGE HELIOS CONSOLE + ANALOG TAPE =
FAT SUMPTUOUS WARM MAJOR LABEL SOUND
Finally! FAT. For the ears!
The ingredients for FAT can be fond here: Gear List
Depending on the amount of songs, complexity (stereo or stems) and how fast you need the master we can cut a deal, so please make an inquiry and get a custom quote for mastering.
After all details are sorted out you will receive a Paypal link wehere you can book the session and a textfile to enter all the song details for correct meta tagging and music credits.
After payment is received - (Thank you) - you'll be given a private Dropbox folder where you can upload your audio files. Reference tracks or briefing is welcomed.
Your songs will be mastered analog by Clemens Schleiwies with with lots of attention to detail on the Lipinski 707 Grand mastering speakers. The signal path is always DAW -> Burl Converters -> Modified Helios console -> Telefunken M15 1/2" tape machine -> vintage and boutique outboard mastering gear -> Burl Converter -> DAW
Now you have time to listen and approve the final master. If there is something you would like to have changed like a fade out I'll revise and tweak the master to satisfy your request. I'll send back your reworked master. More than one revision in mastering is really seldom needed and after that it begins working against itself. It's happened before, trust me.
You will receive one "Mastered for Loudness" (MfL) version which uses all the loudness potential of your track and one "Mastered for Fidelity" (MfF) version which has lower integrated loudness and is more focused on keeping dynamics and fidelity. You will also receive RIN files for your release which is the new industry standard for music credits.
At the Helios workshop in 1972
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After payment you will be invited to join a shared dropbox folder, where you can very easily upload your files by simply dragging and dropping.
Depending on the amount of songs, complexity (stereo or stems) and how fast you need the master we can cut a deal, so please make an inquiry and get a custom quote for mastering. It does not cost the world and I am very approachable so please ask!
No, the usage 1/2" tape during mastering is all included. Only If you want to receive an analog master on 1/2" tape as the final deliverable you would need to pay for the reel and the shipping.
I only need about an hour for mastering a song so please stand by to approve the master soon after you received it. Turnaround time for a complete album is as little as 1 day.
You will receive not one but two finished masters. The first is called "Mastered for Loudness" (MfL) and is intended for CD release, Soundcloud, DJ playlist or label shopping. This master uses all the loudness potential of your track and competes with the loudest commercial releases out there. The second master is called "Mastered For Fidelity" (MfF) and is intended for Streaming Services, Radio, TV and Vinyl release. This master complies to the "Mastered for iTunes" (MfiT) standard and is mastered with lower integrated loudness (LUFS). The final master files will be downloadable through Dropbox.
Mostly by email... but you can, of course, also call me by phone or Skype or we can have a text or video chat. What I really need from you, however, is a detailed briefing via email before the mastering session begins and an email with feedback and revision requests, if you have any, after you receive master.