Maselec: clean to the extreme with a hint of heritage.
The Maselec MTC-1x Stereo Mastering Console is the ‘spider in the web’ of our studio setup. Its transparant sound characteristics, extensive routing possibilities and, just as with all of the Maselec equipment, the fact that it has been designed by Leif Mases – who has many years of experience creating high-quality analog processors, made us choose this unit to be the heart of our analog mastering workflow.
Because we master predominantly outside the box with analog outboard gear, flexibility is a must. Placing a compressor before or after the EQ is achieved by a simple push of a button. Insert an EQ in the stereo path or use it as a M/S (mid side) unit, again is a push of a button. These simple setup changes support the creative process and make it easy to determine what combination and order sounds better.
Besides the flexibility that this mastering console offers, it is also highly reliable and built like a tank – a very important factor when mastering projects that are under a strict deadline.
The roots of the MTC-1X where planted in a time when music was released almost exclusively on vinyl records. The high cut and low cut filters and the elliptical filter – converting non-correlated signal components to mono – are showcasing this heritage and (still) do a great job in todays modern music scene.