is a wonderful blend of art and technology that together produce
the "final say" you want for your music. The equipment is widely
available, and just like other facilities we've got great stuff.
It's even likely you own some great gear yourself... but you want
and need something more.
"The best decision I made on this project was to do it with Ultimate Audio. From the first recorded sounds through your advice in the mastering
process.... all was given with expertise and clarity... it was a pleasure to associate with your balance of
enthusiasm... and patience."
. ~ L J Booth, performing songwriter
For many artists, mastering
is something a bit mysterious. You know you're supposed
to do it, you're just not exactly sure what it is or why.
A good mastering engineer will optimize your mixes to sound
as full as possible. The point is to have a mastering
engineer cross-check your mixes, make them better, and put the
project in a form the duplicator expects. The fun and
creative aspect of mastering is taking a collection of mixes,
and polishing it into a cohesive work!
At Ultimate Audio, we pride
ourselves on an open communication of mastering ideas and options
between our engineers and clients, and we provide skilled, experienced,
masterful use of what technology can offer -- at a rate
musicians can afford. You've put loads of effort into your recording.
Have an experienced engineer who understands and respects your
work sweeten your project with the right amount of equalization,
dynamics control, and final appropriate loudness.
"I would go as far and wide as need be to work with Tom. In fact, if he were unavailable for a Harmonious Wail project, I would postpone the project until I could coordinate with him. Tom brings recording
excellence, artistic creative flow, and the calm assurance that makes every Harmonious Wail recording project one of the great pleasures of my life and
~ Sims Delaney-Pothoff,
We would hope that most
of the information you're looking for while selecting a quality
mastering facility will be found on this site. Feel free to
contact us with any additional questions you may have, or to
check on availability. You may also contact any of the references
who have provided e-mail links at the end of their quotes. Thank
you for considering us... Enjoy your visit!
"Thanks for all
your work on the '96 Gestures' project... the mastering job you did
brought out the best in the final mixed versions. I've received many positive
comments on the sound of all three CD's in the set."
"Tom Blain is one of
those rare individuals who has the unique gift of being both
artistically creative, and masterful in a technical sense. He
has contributed greatly to my recordings over the last ten years,
and I look forward to the next ten with him!"
. ~ Scott Fields CRI Recording Artist, and New Music Composer
~ Bryan Sirchio, Crosswind
Many CD duplication companies offer "in-house" mastering. This
is typically a very limited service, and not at all comparable
to in-depth, custom mastering. End of lecture.