Sigil Of Brass is the brainchild of Andy Backhouse. Having cut his teeth as a Broadcaster and a No.1 Charting Musician, Andy is a sound-artist in every aspect. He has started an Online Mastering studio in the north of the UK.
Andy will get your DJ Mix how you want it. There are as many revisions on the mastering process you need. So, if you are unhappy with the first run, we will work on it until you are happy.
Andy began his interest in sound as a keyboard player in local groups. He used samplers, synthesizers and used to record and mix live bands. In the late 00`s he was actively involved as a sound engineer for an Internet-only radio station. Andy’s Dub has charted at No.1 in Beatport and he has had stellar write-ups in the National Press for his Sound Art. An Accredited Member of The Audio Engineer Society, Andy lives in North Yorkshire.
Andy uses state-of-the-art equipment to make high-quality sound recordings for music releases, TV and film, radio, websites or games or DJ Mix Mastering. 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
Andy will work closely with you during the mastering process, keeping in contact about how you want the finished product to sound is essential.
Our online mastering service in the North of the UK 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.
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 Arber & Ross, 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.