Sigil Of Brass is the brainchild of Andy Backhouse. I have a history as a Broadcaster and also a No.1 Charting Musician. I am a sound-artist who’s installations and albums have been met with critical approval.
At my private Mastering Studio, I can get your track how you want it. There are as many revisions on the mastering process you need. So, if you are unhappy with the first run then I will work on it until you are happy.
I began my interest in sound as a musician in local groups around North Yorkshire. I played samplers, synthesisers and used to record and mix live bands. In the late 00`s I was actively involved as a sound engineer for an Internet-only radio station, Harrogate Alternative Radio. My Dub Reggae has charted at No.1 in Beatport (five x top five hits) and I have had stellar write-ups in the national & international press (The Wire, Rockerilla, Gonzo Circus) for my Sound Art. An Accredited Member of The Audio Engineer Society, I live in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
I use state-of-the-art equipment to make high-quality sound recordings for music releases, TV and film, radio, websites or games. Mastering is the technical process of balancing, equalising and enhancing analogue or digital your audio, ensuring that your product attains maximum musicality.
Sigil of Brass Mastering Studio is highly creative, technically and acoustically treated so we can achieve maximum results. Working in a controlled listening environment offers a new perspective and essential for success in today’s marketplace – a highly competitive industry. Combining our experienced sound engineers and the fantastic range of mastering software, hardware and plugins, you can count on us to make your track into one of a highly professional standard
I will work closely with you during the mastering process, keeping in contact about how you want the finished product to sound is essential.
Based In Yorkshire, our online mastering service allows you to make use of our world-class facilities in a great acoustic environment right from your desktop.
You get the same experienced ears and professional signal path as our direct-booking clients.
I rent a room at Creao Studio. Based in High Harrogate, North Yorkshire, they bring 30+ years of audio, video, media and art’s experience to the table.
CREAO (short for Creative Arts Organisation) is owned by Allan Smyth who has worked in the AV, arts and entertainment industry for 30+ years. Designed by Allan Smyth as a purpose-built feature there is a great sound-proofed room. I am afraid that, due to the nature of the tenancy, I am not allowed to have walk-in visitors for the mastering of audio.
Stereo WAV or AIFF is preferred - However, we now accept MP3 files too.
Start and End
Leave some air at either end of your tracks.
Reference tracks are welcome. Please send them along with the audio.
Ideally, 24 bit/s.
Please do not brick-wall your track - there is no need to slam the levels.
44.1 kHz or higher
Use the sample rate of your original session, no gain to up-sample to 96kHz if you’ve recorded at a lower rate. Please, do not normalize.
Please do not fade out or fade in the track yourself - we can be instructed on how to do this, but it could mess up the master if you do it yourself.
If you are using plug-ins on the master bus provide options with and without it. Limiting or clipping the master bus should be avoided.