Brighton, East Sussex United Kingdom (PressExposure) April 20, 2011 -- Brighton Mastering operates out of a Brighton based mastering studio owned and run by head honcho Nick Lewis. While most internet mastering services treat mastering as a purely technical process, Brighton Mastering's philosophy focuses as much on the art of mastering as the science. As Lewis says:
'Audio mastering is a very technical process that is primarily about making sure recordings sound as good as possible across the whole spectrum of playback equipment, from mobile phones to expensive valve amplifiers, and ensuring the recording matches the approximate loudness of other commerical recordings. However, it is also about shaping the overall sound, and that can have a profound affect on how the music is perceived.'
As a consequence of this philosophy, Brighton Mastering offer a unique 'collaborative approach' to mastering in an attempt to redress the balance between convenience and creative input that has suffered in the transition from attended sessions to online service seen in the audio mastering industry in recent times.
The approach is deceptively simple. When artists submit their tracks for mastering, Brighton Mastering will ask for a short brief describing the target sound, and for two tracks the artist particularly likes the overall sound of. In this way the mastering engineer can get the best idea possible of what the artist is after and tailor the processing to achieve that.
Once completed, the tracks are sent back to the artist for review and any necessary alterations are made for free.
Lewis attributes this approach to being a musician himself: 'A lot of mastering engineers are studio geeks at heart and are more scientist that musician. As a musician myself, I understand the passion and care that goes into getting your music sounding exactly the way you want it to, and mastering is a big part of that.'
The online mastering market is becoming increasingly crowded, but Brighton Mastering believe that their approach sets them apart from the crowd by giving artists a greater level of creative input that goes beyond the technical aspect of mastering.