Sigil of Brass

Sigil Of Brass Is A Mastering Studio

Send Me Your Music

My Studio

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.

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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.

A Studio
For Mastering

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.

File Format

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 Track

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.

Sample Rate

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.

Master Bus

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.

Of My Work


Field Recordings - Contact Me
To See About Stem Mastering - CLICK HERE
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Mastering a Podcast

Several things have happened in such short succession that I can only gasp at the timing. I have been invited to teach at Creao Academy and I have been tasked with the mastering of the radio shows on Harrogate Community Radio. Both are an extreme privilege...

We Are (Over) Half Way Through 2019

Q2 Round-Up: We are half way through July so I thought I would write up what happened in Q2 of 2019 for Sigil Of Brass. It has been a good month with lots of work coming in through the door - we have sorted the website out so that people can upload audio...

First Quarter Round Up

Q1 Round-Up: Well, where did that go! It is halfway through March and I had better write a blog post to keep you all up to date with developments. The months have been slow as it always is at this time of year - there is noo sunshine and this...

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Creao Studio, 12b Regent Street,
Harrogate, North Yorkshire


01423 209002

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