Still The Industry Standard?
Bowers & Wilkins’ flagship model the 800 Diamond loudspeakers are used in recording and mastering studios the world over. An institution such as Abbey Road Studios even calls them their ‘Official Speakers’. That’s why, when we finally saved up enough money, we went out and bought a pair for our studio.
When a loudspeaker becomes as iconic as the B&W 800 Diamond has, you’ll find those who are fans and those who are borderline haters. We’re definitely fans! We’ve installed them as the main monitors in our mastering studio and everyday they remind us of how fortunate we are to have them.
The most importent part of a professional mastering setup is to have a proper acoustically treated studio space. Once you have that covered, you’ll want to install a top notch monitoring system. The combination of these two factors allows the mastering engineer to analyse a music mix in great detail. The 800 Diamond series really reveal the mid range – the frequency range where most of te action takes place. Being able to pinpoint mix problems or to detect even the smallest distortion is key in mastering.
Mastering is all about making small adjustments. Being able to hear the difference between cutting 0,5 dB at 332 Hz with an EQ and the original is essential in our aim to deliver the best possible results to our clients.