SWT Mastering equipment overview

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Studio Overview

To achieve the highest possible sound quality when mastering, you’ll need high quality mastering equipment. At our studio we use a carefully selected blend of new and vintage, analogue and digital equipment. We do our processing in the analogue domain and some with digital outboard processors and use a few software plugins for limiting, metering and audio analysis.

Processing

Analogue Addicts custom Pultec style EQ with EMI valve pre module
Bettermaker Analoge Mastering Limiter
HG2 Black Box
Maselec MLA-4 Multiband Compressor / Expander
Maselec MLA-2 Compressor
Maselec MEA-2 Equalizer
NEVE 33609 Compressor (metal knob version)
Orban DAB9600
Orban 418A Stereo HF limiter
TC Electronic Finalizer 96K


Playback, Recording & Editing

Protools 12 HDX system with HD I/O 8x8x8 audio interface and Antelope Orion32 HD

AD/DA Conversion

2 x Antelope Pure2 Mastering Grade Convertor

Clocking, Routing & Metering

Antelope 10MX Master Clock
Maselec MTC-1X Stereo Mastering Console
DK-Technologies MSD100T/SA
NUGEN Audio MasterCheck plugin

Monitoring

Bowers & Wilkins 800D (D2)
Hypex NC400 mono block amplifiers (bi-amping)

Focal SM9 studio monitors
Neumann KH 805 active Subwoofers

Miscellaneous

Curuxa Customs V3 Acoustic Mastering Desk

Various legacy systems such as: SONY PCM-7040 DAT recorder, SONY DVW-510P Digital Betacam Player, Alesis HD24, Alesis ADAT XT 8 track recorder, TASCAM DA-88 Digital multitrack recorder.

Van Damme StarQuad Cabling & Neutrik Connectors

SWT Custom Extra Shielded Power cords

Furman P1400 AR power conditioner and MTD 1500VA UPS

Have a look at the workflow used at SWT Mastering, explained by Herman