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Eddie Krammer - Inward Connections TSL and Discrete 500 Series
 
Eddie Krammer
Chris Lord-Alge - Inward Connections TSL tube limters

Chris Lord-Alge
Inward Connections Discrete 500 Series

Inward Connections

Analog and Digital Outboard Processing

Inward Connections Discrete Class-A equalizers, limiters and filters form the heart of the high-definition processing on our console. The Inward Connections discrete blocks give authority to the sound of the Pultec-style EQ, TSL-inspired discrete limiters (superb on bass) and parametrics. Add in our custom tube TSL-1 limiter (perfect for HD Separation Mastering on vocals, and used by Eddie Krammer, Chris-Lord Alge and other world class mixers).

Inward Connections TSL tube Limiter

Our discrete-modified
Prism mastering eq and mastering compressor also exceeds the ones in the gear line-ups of Stephen Marcussen, Ted Jensen and others who's work is known the world over.

Prism Sound Mastering Compressor MLA-2

Prism Sound Mastering Equalizer MEA-2 at Vestman Mastering

Using 4 separate analog channels for Separation Mastering, the best discrete Class-A quality in our Buzz Audio SOC-20 compressor shows our commitment to making every layer of sound clean and rich. Analog summing of all this gear means your music gets taken to a new level of smooth yet solid tone that sounds the way records should sound.

Buzz Audio Class-A Discrete Optical Compressor


Nuance and sweet tone from our discrete Buzz REQ 2.2 equalizer adds to the possible enhancements for your sound. We particularly like the smooth qualities and fullness to bass, drums and stereo mixes.

 Buzz Audio REQ 2.2 at Vestman Mastering

The Ultimate in Analog Summing for Mastering

Superb Discrete Class-A analog summing is accomplished through our Nautilus Master Technology COMMANDER. Functionality and appearance design by John Vestman, and electronics masterfully crafted by Steve Firlotte of Inward Connections and Tree Audio. This Mix Magazine Certified Hit is a classic design and gives a smooth, solid sound.

Nautilus COMMANDER analog summing at Vestman Mastering    Mix Magazine Certified Hit Award


The Ultimate Monitor Control for Mastering

The monitor system is truly the heart of a great mastering studio. The Discrete Class-A Nautilus NEMO is the center of this high resolution system. It lets us level-match any source - translating quality into the real world. Another classic Steve Firlotte/John Vestman design found here and at the studios of Rob Fraboni, Scott Gordon, Phil Harding and more.

Nautilus NEMO DMC-8     


The analog console is complimented by the legendary Lavry Engineering
Acoustic Bit Correction™ which gives amazing punch and transparency - which can also be found in Bernie Grundman's and Bob Ludwig's facilities, and more. Ampex ATR 102 analog 2-track machine (1/4" and 1/2") and more are part of our world-class lineup of gear.

Equi=Tech Balanced Power

Often when people ask me, "If I could upgrade ONE thing, what would you recommend." My answer is get balanced power. It changes everything! In my studio, this stunning improvement comes from Equi=Tech. For more info about clean balanced power, read this article

Audiophile monitors 
Audiophile monitoring is becoming more common in mastering studios, but John has been using this kind of listening system for 30 years - dating all the way back to his recording studio days. Check out our Studio Monitoring discussion page for more insights about monitoring.
When you see the Rotel power amp you'll see a fascinating set-up that looks quite different, but sounds amazing. We use Mapleshade heavy-hat weights, iso pads, cone points and maple platforms to isolate it from quality-robbing vibration. We use high-end power cords which have a positive effect on the sound quality. Ask Bob Ludwig who, like John, utilizes "better audiophile solutions to create great sound."

Key advantage: When we process music, we continuously listen back to all the songs in the client's album to reference how consistent the entire project will sound from beginning to end. While there are many ways to get great results, this method can be more detailed than methods used elsewhere.

Prism AD-2, DA-2, ADA-8 24-bit converters (Sony, Marcussen, Masterfonics, Sterling Sound, etc.), Apogee 24-bit converters (found at MCA, Doug Sax, etc.) and more.

Prism AD-2 and DA-2 Converters



Separation Mastering/ Traditional Mastering: source computer
The sound of our mastering system is centered around our analog equipment, yet we can also explore more options in DAW processing using surpassed UAD plugins. Your source files go into Digital Performer with UAD software interfaced with a custom controller. Super fast macro functions give us speedy control of this cutting-edge mastering process.

Sequoia/Cube-Tec Digital Mastering Systems: destination computer
Vestman Mastering utiliizes the Sequoia/Cube-Tec mastering system. It include the POW-r™Word Length Reduction Algorithm which reduces longer word lengths while retaining a high degree of perceived dynamic efficiency and very low noise. Some of the world's top digital audio designers have come together as a team to create the most transparent and dynamically stable method of reducing digital audio word lengths.

Sequoia/Cube Tec Mastering System
Inward Connections
Lynx StudioTechnology Mapleshade Audio Refinements

For almost 30 years John Vestman has been into audiophile monitoring systems - right along talents like Bob Ludwig, Ted Jensen and Stephen Marcussen. What John has been doing for years has finally caught on: a Discrete Class-A monitor controller that feeds an audiophile set of power amps, monitors and cables.We hear more of what's going on sonically - and the mastering enhancements become pristine (and more commercially competitive).

See the Nautilus COMMANDER summing mixer in the video interview of Matt Forger, who's engineering legacy includes Michael Jackson,Stevie Wonder, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Carole Bayer-Sager and Quincy Jones.


See the Inward Connections console and outboard gear in the video interview of Steve Vai. Featured in this video is the Tree Audio console that houses the same equalizers, limiters and tube equipment used at Vestman Mastering.



Audiophile monitors 
Audiophile monitoring is becoming more common in mastering studios, but John has been using this kind of listening system for 30 years - dating all the way back to his
recording studio days. Check out our Studio Monitoring discussion page for more insights about monitoring.

Key advantage: When we process music, we continuously listen back to all the songs in the client's album to reference how consistent the entire project will sound from beginning to end. While there are many ways to get great results, this method can be more detailed than methods used elsewhere.

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