April 2013 marked seven years for the Deluxe Mastering facility, and we wholeheartedly thank our many clients, artists and the team here who made it possible! Here are just some of the latest mastering projects we’ve been fortunate to have had a hand (ears) in:
Tony “Jack the Bear” Mantz twiddled knobs on projects for Neighbourhood Youth, Lemonberry, Justin Bernasconi (produced by Jeff Lang), Bass Kleph, Whitley, Dave Havea, Western Synthetics, The Geta Mob, Black Aces, EC Twins, Daniel Champagne, Shiva & The Hazards and Atticus Jones, to name a few.
Adam Dempsey has endured a privileged condition he’s coined “Sontec thumb” – a callus from EQ switching – while mastering new releases for Courtney Barnett (mixed by Dan Luscombe), Alister Turrill (produced by Lloyd Spiegel), Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies, The Stillsons, Les Thomas (produced by Jeff Lang), Sinead Beth, 23 AOA (mixed by Kent Len), Wild Oats, The Morrisons, Wiley Red Fox and the next Sounds of Melbourne Records unsigned artists compilation.
Andrei “Ony” Eremin has been tweaking tracks for Lower Spectrum, Swimming, D.D Dumbo, Stockades, Second Hand Heart, Skyways Are Highways and Joel Driscoll.
It’s a topic that has come up a few times lately, so here’s my take on it…
First, let’s try defining mono compatibility in this context: a two channel audio signal, recorded or mixed to stereo, in which its elements remain audible when summed to mono (same signal in both left and right channels), causing no significant imbalance to the mix or cancelling to its parts or its tonality.
Despite mono compatibility arguably being less important than it used to be, it does still matter. Ultimately it’s simply good engineering practice. A few reasons, in no particular order:
Of course, in a true stereo recording, mono compatible means phase-coherent, which in everyday terms simply means a more realistic sound – truer to the source.
If your music is mixed to sound great in mono it will likely sound great in stereo, whereas the reverse is less often true. If it sounds good to you in mono, with no parts or tonality significantly cancelling/disappearing then it should be fine, but any such errors really must be addressed at the recording and mixing stages. The main thing is that you’ve checked for it and corrected it where needed – it’s inherently part of what we check for in mastering.
As for mastering with stereo width processing? Honestly, I’d have to say I’ve used that maybe twice in as many years – and for the sake of bringing overly wide sounding mixes inwards a little to better match other tracks!
What are your experiences with mixing music for mono?
- Adam Dempsey
Kudos to our mastering clients who, with the help of their fans, made it into the Triple J Hottest 100 annual national radio countdown for 2012:
Along with these tracks, in the “second-hottest 100″ the following week were:
#110 Seth Sentry – ‘My Scene’
#142 Gossling – ‘Wild Love’
#173 Sticky Fingers – ‘Clouds & Cream’
We thought we’d recap on a diverse array of recent mastering projects, as many of us hit the ground running again this year. No Top 10, 50 or 100 of 2012 here. (Like that would be possible anyway).
Tony “Jack The Bear” Mantz has mastered releases for Eddie Bravo, The Big City, Captcha, Peking Duk, Electro Mafia, Waking Eden, Ben Caruso, DJ Rubz & Sherlock, Rattlin Cain, Anna Johnson and finishing off Dirty Three’s Mick Turner’s solo album. He has also started The Jack the Bear Foundation, offering mastering for a donation one day a month, with 100% of proceeds in aid of various charities.
Getting the analogue mastering treatment with Adam Dempsey: an album for vinyl release from Matt Bailey (The Paradise Motel) produced by Brent Punshon at Head Gap, two albums for acclaimed jazz saxophonist and clarinetist Adam Simmons’ Origami trio engineered and mixed by Myles Mumford, also The Pierce Brothers engineered and mixed by Fraser Montgomery at The Aviary, The String Contingent, and Melbourne funk/soul artist and producer Dru Chen.
Andrei “Ony” Eremin mastered releases for The Honey Badgers, Brightly, Rat & Co and House of Laurence.
Best wishes to all of our valued clients for a healthy, happy and musically abundant year ahead.
Acclaimed Australian music artist Jeff Lang has taken out the 2012 ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album ‘Carried In Mind’, out via ABC Music. Our congratulations to Jeff for the well-deserved recognition, and to all involved.
The album was recorded by Dave Manton at The Enclave Recording Facility Melbourne, Australia (except “Fisherman’s Farewell” recorded by Colin Wynne at 30 Mill Studios). Mixed by Colin Wynne, assisted by Rohan Kay at 30 Mill Studios and mastered by Jack The Bear.
Check out our podcast with Jeff Lang on Episode 10 of the Raging Headfest here, in which we chat all things music and beyond, and Jeff plays us some tracks.