| The days of "my demo will get me
signed" are over.
Record companies aren't looking to develop artists
with "potential" - rather they want to see proven results. How many
views has your YouTube video gotten? Is your fan base downloading your
songs and following you on social networks? Is your sound competitive
with major artists?
Being competitive with the "artist around
the corner" won't assure you of a chance with a major label. They
aren't listening to "locals" on a daily basis. A record label's first
job is to listen to their artists on
a daily basis, and have their finger on the pulse of other artists that
your music label-ready is the key to having an edge in the market
place, and the mix is key in getting your performances to sound their
We can help.
Our mixing studio is a great way to bridge the gap between getting all
the right parts down and getting the muscle, the width and the
projection that grabs the listener the FIRST time. Remember, you never get
a second chance to make a first impression.
Start with with
your strengths, eliminate the weak spots.
Your strengths include your
performances, writing, unique and "transporting" music. But the
weakest link in every studio is usually the monitor system. There's a
hundred speakers to chose from, the monitor controller and bad cables
can shrink the sound, and room acoustic tuning is an art unto itself.
Compose, record, edit and get the details done (composite vocal tracks,
tuning, editing, etc.) -- then consolidate your tracks and send them to
us to refine and put expert experience into a new mix for you.
• Mixing is done on
the same monitor system that is in our mastering
room - Class-A Discrete electronics and audiophile speakers in a room
tuned by John Vestman -- let 35 years of experience work for you now --
eliminate guesswork, get the edge. We hire the right engineer for your
• Discrete Class-A analog summing
mixer, balanced power, Apple
Computing power, almost limitless plugins -- Pro Tools, Logic, Digital
Performer all on board.
• Reasonable cost - only $40.00 per
hour. Every project is different,
but we can often get you to the next step (Separation Mastering) for
about $100.00 per song (longer songs additional). Need more sonic
detail? We can exceed your expectations.
Now comes the fun part - we print out exactly the right stems needed to
go to Separation Mastering. It's easy when the mastering room is right
next door. No surprises.
Mastering is done using the same model speakers, the
same model monitor controller, in a room tuned by John Vestman. Our
engineers dial in the stems perfectly - saving time, money and
Mastering is now predictably easy, and in many cases, faster. We know
what to expect and how to optimize your music for great mastering,
HD Separation Mastering utilizes the finest world-class analog and
digital equipment available - a dream
analog console at the control of John Vestman (Gold, Platinum and
Grammy Nominated accomplishments) who is committed to your benefit. Why
should you spend $100,000
when we already have?
We've already spent the years needed to acquire equipment that can make
magic for you immediately - equipment that is known the world over and
used by the best engineers in the industry.
Connections Discrete Class-A equalizers, limiters and filters
(pictured above) form
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
parametric eq's. Add in our custom tube TSL-1
limiter used by Eddie Krammer,
Alge and other world class mixing engineers.
Our discrete-modified Prism mastering eq
and mastering compressor
also exceeds the ones in the gear line-ups
of Stephen Marcussen, Ted Jensen
who's work is known the world over.
4 separate analog channels for HD 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
a new level of smooth yet solid tone that sounds the way records should
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.
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.
We start by hearing your mix, hearing your goals, hearing your
concerns. We take your tracks, add our ears, our expertise, our
process, and give you back our new mix for your approval. You
express, we tweak. Satisfaction guaranteed. Tell the labels to get
After you approve our mix, we make the stems for mastering and now
another layer of magic is applied, creating big sound that is
musical and engaging. Getting from where you were before to where you
are now is
accomplished with ease.
Contact us with your questions. Some projects need a lot more time and
refinement. But the process for all music is a
professional, solid, reliable approach for the great sound you know is
possible on your project.
Call us: 714-894-4000 ask about
Q) What's the best mic pre to use on vocals? -Phil
There are lots of great
microphone preamps out there, including the Neve 1073 (plus numerous
clones of the 1073 design), the Inward Connections Magnum and Tree
Audio's Branch, API's and Universal Audio LA-610's, Grace Design,
Golden Age and more. The artist's performance is what's most important
- as well as a great mic (tube models are my favorite). More tips on
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