The mastering suite
at Steps Ahead Sound was designed as a true acoustic
reference environment. Here, you will
hear your music like you’ve never heard it before.
We have gone to every possible length to create the ultimate
monitoring chain. Our high resolution monitoring uses the
best equipment we could find, the Lipinski L-707 main speakers,
silver wired and finely tuned with Genelec subwoofer to give
a flat response.
Our Dangerous Monitor control designed by
Chris Muth (Sterling Mastering) with custom designed DAC by
Troisi Designs allows us to hear digital signals
at their utmost potential. You will
get a true insight into how your master compares against others.
The performance of our DAWs has been carefully tuned to give
similar resolution as our reference transport, to avoid
surprises and preserve the musical intent of the artist.
Natural lighting was thought to create
a comfortable working environment with
an intimate atmosphere. The room can easily accommodate
our visitors, who may relax on our comfortable couch or enjoying
freshly ground coffee in the peace of our garden - a refreshing
break from long sessions.
Although we believe that in any audio production, technique
is far more important than equipment,
Mastering requires special equipment to ensure quality.
At Steps Ahead Sound, each piece of our dedicated mastering
equipment was selected specifically to meet this goal: almost
every item widely recognized as "best in class".
Processing begins with Apogee DA, and Mytek AD, conversion into 24 bit/192kHz
resolution, wich results in extremely
low jitter and a terrific bass sound.
We achieve the warm character of analog processing with custom
Manley 16x2 Mixer and Mastering SLAM!, witch adds depth, punch and air
to the dullest of home recording.
Next comes digital equalizing and dynamics, with the high resolution
40 bit floating point Weiss enineered linear phase EQ and Dynamics,
from Switzerland, which offers astonishing
precision and sonic accuracy when sculpting any given
Through the DD-2K Ambience Recovery Processor, by Bob Katz's
Digital Domain, we can enhance the depth and dimension of stereo
mixes, making them sound clearer or bigger, adjusting the front-to-depth
ratio of a recording and Mid/Side rebalancing.
Equally impressive, yet different, is the Crane Song HEDD 192
wich can generate tube/analog sounds in a digital domain.
Quantization and noise shaping at 16 bit/44.1kHz is achieved
via Waves L2 Ultramaximizer, the double precision 48bit Dithering processor and Limiter.
We perform any task with top quality and definition in the digital
domain, routing through the Z-Sys Detangler.
We know cabling also has a decisive impact on sound quality.
We use the best of cables for analog and digital signals, such
Mogami, Monster Cable and also Canare.
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Lipinski L-707 Speakers, Bryston 9B SST Amplifiers, Dangerous
Genelec 7070A Subwoofer, SPL 2380
Digital Signal Chain:
TC Electronic M6000 5.1 Mastering System
Weiss EQ1 Mk2 Dyn-LP Digital Equalizer
Weiss DS1 Mk3 Digital Compressor/Limiter/Deesser
Waves L2 Ultramaximizer Digital Limiter
Digital Domain DD-2K Ambience Processor
Crane Song HEDD192 Harmonically Enhanced Digital Processor
Z-Sys 32-32r Digital Detangler
Manley 16x2 Custom Pre and Mixer
Manley SLAM! Mastering Limiter
TC Electronic ADA 24/96 Surround Converter
Mytek Stereo 192 ADConverter
Mytek Stereo 192 SRConverter
Apogee DA16X 16-ch D/A 24/192 Reference Converter
Merging Technologies IWS with Mykerinos X-50 and Pyramix DAW
Carillon Audio Sys AC-1 with RME AES-32
Apple Power Mac Dual with Lynx AES16
Universal Audio UAD-1: 1176LN, LA-2A, Pultec EQP-1A, Fairchild
670, Cambridge EQ
2 TB FTP File Server
Tascam CC-222 CD Recorder
Yamaha DVD-S2300Mk2 DVD-A/SACD Player
Dorrough Custom Loudness Monitor w/40-A2 & 240-A
RME DIGIcheck Level Meter with K-System