Mastering is your last chance to perfect the music you’ve worked so hard on. It seems like a step that can be glossed over but trust me, it’s very important. No matter how it was recorded we’ll help it sound great. We’ll get it up to competitive levels while retaining your finely crafted dynamics while adding a little shine to really make it pop.
We offer two types of mastering: Stereo and stems.
This is the traditional style of mastering where we take your finished mixes that you’re happy with and make them work in a cohesive album format. There may be compression, EQ, saturation or any other type of trick to get the most out of them. What can’t be done is changing anything about the mix. While there are sometimes ways to bring out some elements you can’t count on “fixing the mix” while mastering. If there’s something you can’t live with sometimes it’s best to send it back to mixing.
Mastering from stems is becoming more common these days. When you’re happy with your mix you bounce down the elements into “Stems” such as drums, bass, guitars, keyboards, effects, samples, vocals, etc. so when you combine them together they add up to your mix. This gives the mastering engineer a great amount of control. We can certainly polish things more with this style than the traditional stereo mastering. We can do things like add weight to the drums without affecting the other instrumentation or clean up a muddy bass guitar part. We can widen the stereo image of keyboard parts without affecting the guitars, etc. You get the idea. This might sound like mixing and it kind of is but we’re not messing with the overall vibe of the mix that you worked so hard to perfect.
Here at Gamut Mastering we stay up to date on all the latest mixing techniques to make sure your music sounds the best. Unless otherwise requested, we mix completely in the box with all the latest plugins. This allows us to easily recall the mix to make adjustments and quickly get another version out to you for approval.
Do you have some old audio that needs some help? The tools for cleaning up audio have never been better than now. It’s really amazing what we can salvage. Here we use a combination of Izotope RX and a bag of tricks picked up along the way to pull off what might seem like miracles in fixing audio. Whatever you have that you need restored, contact us and we’ll chat about how best to go about it. We’ll take a listen and ballpark a quote that sounds reasonable and stick to it. No surprises on the invoice here.
We do a lot of location recording. It’s always fun to get out of the studio and get some mud on the equipment. Every location recording is a different animal so contact us with whatever crazy idea you have and we’ll make it work. We haven’t been stumped yet!
We’ll set up a main mic on a tall stand and use up to 4 spot mics to record your concert. We use a special “Ambisonic”microphone which captures a 360 degree sound field and can be processed in many ways after the fact such as rotated, tilted and zoomed in and out. This mics signal can also be decoded into VR or surround sound for whatever application you need. We’ll hook you up with a stereo mix of your concert and give you the raw files to do what you wish with.
We can also record your show at a club, bar, coffee shop, outdoor venue or what have you. Each setting is different and requires different gear so this is a custom quote kind of thing. If it’s as easy as plugging an ethernet cable in to a pro PA rig to get the DANTE multitrack and a couple room mics then that’ll probably cost less than having to bring a split snake or entire mixer package. Needless to say there’s always a way!
Jake Larson, Gamut Mastering’s engineer has been a freelance engineer at Sacred Heart Recording Studio in Duluth, MN for years. The studio is a real gem of the northland. It’s a decommissioned Catholic Cathedral built in 1894 turned into a multi-use music center. When there isn’t a wedding or concert or some other event there we’re making records! A few items of note that are available are the original Felgemacher pipe organ, Hammond C3 with Leslie 127, Otari 24 track 2” tape machine, racks of vintage compressors, vintage Neumann microphones and of course the room. No plugin or reverb unit is going to get you that sound! Sessions are booked by the day and multiple days can be blocked out. More info at www.sacredheartstudio.us