Precision analogue mastering Studio in the South West, UK
Founded in early 2018 by mastering engineer and audiovisual artist Benjamin Lincoln, Middle Mastering provides artistic analogue music mastering for a diverse community of sound creatives across the UK and globally. With a clear focus on enhancing sonic character and artistic concept whilst retaining mix integrity, we create masters with balance, depth and clarity using mastering grade analogue equipment from Prism Sound, Neve, SPL, Elysia and more...
Joseph Efi / 'Sometimes' / Lowlife EP
Artistic Analogue mastering
Music mastering is often thought of as a clinical process. Engineers will make technical decisions that do not influence the sound from an artistic perspective. My philosophy is different. As an artist myself I cannot help but approach my work through a creative lens. If I didn’t follow this artistic philosophy to mastering, I would be neglecting months (if not years) of your artistry that has led you to this final step. This is why I have chosen to use analogue tools as the centrepiece of my mastering studio. These tools create a holistic system that has become my instrument. It is unique to me and the reason that my masters have depth, warmth and a tactile sense of space and drive. Regardless of your project’s unique sonic concept, respecting the intentions of your music and sensitively enhancing its character is at the forefront of what I do as a mastering engineer
Putting artists first
Before I started mastering music full time, I was an audiovisual artist creating projects and showcasing work in the UK. This put me within a community of independent and signed artists that I realised would benefit from a mastering service that puts artists and their creative visions first. All too often I would hear stories of mastering studios ignoring artist’s notes, providing unexpectedly poor results and charging hidden additional fees for revisions with little to no communication throughout the whole process; ultimately leaving artists feeling powerless and insignificant.
For this reason, I wanted to start a mastering studio that empowers artists by giving them control. In this current landscape of machine-learning, AI and increasingly cheap, faceless mastering studios, the opportunity to work with a real human who puts your artistic vision above everything else is becoming rare. Middle Mastering is not a faceless studio; just take a look at our reviews, all written by artists like yourself.
5-STAR RATED SERVICE
clear & constructive MIX FEEDBACK before mastering
1 - 3 day turn-around
NO HIDDEN COSTS OR UPFRONT PAYMENTS
Kranky | Valley View Records | NTS Radio | Dungeon Deep Records | Red Van Records | Echoes Blue Music | Somethin' Else | Orphan No More | Pin Ups | Montell Fish | Kathleen Frances | Timothy | v e n n | Narrow Skies | Kieldfal | Chris Herbert | Matt Tondut | Lauge | Joshua Luke Smith | Antarctic Wastelands | Ybot | Applefish | Joseph Efi | Jacques Miché | Saros Sky | Spacecraft | Sullen Sky | Unknown Observer | Thomas G Richmond | I da m ie snp t | Box Productions | Joseph Cazzulini | The Sans | Susie Mills | Milo Gore | Cameron Brooks | Ellis Green | Krokodile | Joel Clements | Izzy Olivey | MyselfXUs | Jacob Smith | Neurobrotxagt | Charlotte May | Akwatia | Amelia Dare | Jase Emeka | LA:TE | Danja | Timo Ji George | Jim Brundle | Hadjy B | Manuel Ferretti | Connor Patterson | Luihu | Throne Room Family | Herbicidal | Tower | Makoto Sakamoto | Nico Clarke | The Deep Shining Sea | AVOTION | Everything Safe Forever | Sonny Elliot | Hanna Glover | Matt Madison | Rafael Mesa | Alho | Sunken Grove | Løw Lux | Nick Borgen | Planespotting | Graver | Emma Broome | Oogie | Jess Caute | Beau Sam | Simple Man | Paul Bidault | Serpent Dream | and many more...
CD album / Digital release
Singles / £65
2-6 tracks / £50 each
7+ tracks / £45 each
(for tracks UNDER 10 minutes in length)
£7 / minute of track
(for tracks OVER 10 minutes in length)
Stem mastering / £90 per track
(up to 6 stems / £15 for each additional stem)
Revisions: free & unlimited
(If a remix is required: + £15 for each new mix sent)
Additional platform specific masters: + £15/track each...
Digital / FM radio master (incl. 'clean' radio-edit)
Vinyl or cassette premaster (24-bit)
Apple Digital Masters (was 'Mastered For iTunes')
Plugins by Fabfilter, Elysia, Maag, IK Multimedia, iZotope Ozone 7, Oeksound, Airwindows, SPL and Voxengo
iZotope RX 6 Advanced
WaveLab Pro 9.5 mastering suite
TK Audio Lizer 2 mastering EQ
Elysia Xpressor mastering compressor
NTP 179-400 custom-built limiter
SPL 1150 mastering console
Digital-to-analogue conversion by Prism Sound Orpheus
Analogue-to-digital conversion by Prism Dream AD-124
Full-range monitoring by Dynaudio
2400 Audio Imperium Passive Monitor Controller
Sennheiser HD26 Pro Headphones
Headphone amplification by Rupert Neve Designs
Crookwood VU meters
Custom designed acoustics
Cabling by Designacable / Neutrik
What is audio mastering?
Mastering is the final stage of audio production before a record or single is released into the world. I take your finished mixes and use some of the best analogue / digital equipment available to bring their overall sound in-line with music that is already released. If I am mastering an album or EP, I will also sequence each track with the perfect gaps of silence and with balanced tone and loudness. As a result, the overarching character of your project will be enhanced, finessed and polished. I will also make sure that your music sounds amazing on all systems, from full-range ATC studio monitors to cinemas to laptop and phone speakers.
How quickly will I receive my masters after I have booked a session and sent you the files?
The average turn around for most mastering projects is approximately 1 - 3 working days from the time you upload the mix files. However, this timeline is subject to change depending on how much work I have on. To make sure that your project is sent back to you in time, please contact me at least 1 week before your release date / production deadline.
In what format should I send you the mix files?
In what format will I receive my master files?
Once you have sent payment you will receive the masters as 44.1kHz / 16-bit interleaved stereo Broadcast .WAV files. You will also receive an 'unlocked' DDP player (like the one you used to audition the masters before payment) that allows you to burn your album to CD and export .MP3 / FLAC / CD-quality .WAV files for further distribution.
Should I apply dithering to my mix?
If you are sending me 24-bit mix files please use dithering when rendering in order to avoid truncation distortion as you move from the internal resolution of your DAW (most likely 32-bit floating point) to 24-bit.
How much headroom should my mix have?
If you are rendering your mix at 24-bit or higher you have a theoretical dynamic range of 122dB. Therefore no mixes should have peaks at 0dBFS and at most have peaks between -6dBFS and -3dBFS.
How do I pay for your mastering services?
Once I have finished mastering your project, I will send you the masters as a DDP image that you can audition using a secure DDP player. The player allows you to listen to the mastered album as it will be played back from a CD. You will hear exactly what I hear in my mastering studio with the correct legnths of silence between each track.
What if I need changes to the masters?
Sometimes revisions are required. If so, I am more than happy to make these to the best of my ability within reason free of charge. However, if you need to make revisions / tweaks to the mix you originally sent me then a charge of £15 for each new mix sent will be added to your overall bill.
Do you offer free test masters?
How do I send you mix files to master?
You can securely upload mix files via the upload link I provide here (there is no size limit). Your mixes are then automatically downloaded to my studio computer and I receive an email notification to let me know.
Can you review my mixes for free?
Yes. If you are unsure whether your mixes are ready for mastering then feel free to send them over prior to booking a session. I'll gladly have a listen and, if necessary, be able to give you some suggestions on how they could be improved before we move onto the mastering stage.
I've used Middle Mastering for a few of my recent releases and honestly would say its the best experience I've had working with someone to do my mastering”
Kieldfal | artist & composer
your first master is on us
As a courtesy to all my NEW clients, I will master ONE track totally FREE of charge. This is for you to determine whether my approach is right for your music. If you like my master then you can release / distribute it as you wish. If you don't like my master then there's no harm done...
Studio open as usual for all unattended sessions
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