Ambient Digital Studio
AMBIENT DIGITAL'S MASTERING STUDIO

Ambient Digital's mastering room features EgglestonWorks Andra II monitors powered by McIntosh's detailed MC252 amplifier. Over the years, Ambient Digital has been trusted with hundreds of masters from a diverse array of clients and labels like:

Sony / Columbia      Sparrow / EMI CMG      Warner Brothers      Essential Records      Credential Recordings (EMI)
Word Records       Vineyard Music       InPop Records       Fervent Records       Flicker Records (Sony)
Word Artisan       Watershed Records       Integrity Music       Metalblade Records

WHAT IS MASTERING?

In short, mastering is the process of ensuring that program material is optimized for its final medium. In the past this primarily meant making the transition to vinyl where the recording level was critical. Too low a level resulted in excessive noise on a disc, while extreme levels could endanger the disc and the cutting stylus too. Mastering engineers found ways to increase the level of the disc above the noise by applying equalization, compression, and limiting. Along the way, they also found ways to bring out the detail and body for the final master.

SPL PQ Precision Equalizer - Mastering Edition
SPL PQ PRECISION ANALOG EQUALIZER • MASTERING EDITION

Producers and artists began to notice that certain records actually sounded better on the radio, and that impression on the listening audience often translated to better sales in the end. This led to a new breed of mastering engineer, this one with some input into the final sound of a project.

Today's mastering engineer is able to shape and mold the variations of frequencies and dynamics of a project using tools that provide unbelievable balance and control.


Why Master?

Mastering should be considered the final stage in a project. Not only can you polish what is already there, but often you can correct problems that can only be addressed with the kind of control good mastering provides. A project that has been mastered at a quality facility with an experienced engineer simply sounds better. It can lend a professional quality to your project - no matter what style of music. This is because the mastering engineer can contour the EQ and dynamics to make it sound richer and translate better to its final medium.

Manley Massive Passive EQ 
MANLEY MASSIVE PASSIVE TUBE EQUALIZER

The best masters rarely come from a quick software plug-in thrown across the mix by the mix engineer or run through a "mastering-in-a-box" device. Initially, they can sound powerful and impressive, but there is a reason that high end mastering houses don't just all have the same magic black box. Often these devices are literally a "Jack-of-all-trades / Master of None."

Lavry AD122-96 MkIII

  Lavry Gold DA924 High Resolution Converter
LAVRY AD122-96 MkIII and DA924 HIGH RESOLUTION MASTERING CONVERTERS

No matter what your working on, if people are going to hear your material, you should have your project mastered by an experienced mastering engineer with a comprehensive set of the best analog and digital tools.

Each brings its own set of challenges. The experience garnered is what is brought to each successive project. Mastering can be the difference between your project sounding like a demo and a "record."

Mastering brings it all together.