Mastering

CAPITOL MASTERING


Capitol MasteringCapitol Studios believes that the depth of the emotional connection to music is inextricably linked to the quality of the listening experience. The mastering process is about championing that connection between an artist’s music and their fans and stewarding the performance with the highest level sonic integrity and quality.Capitol Mastering has worked on countless albums of all genres including Smashing Pumpkins’ If All Goes Wrong, Motorhead’s Motorizer, Iggy Pop’s A Million In Prizes and LeAnn Rimes’ Spitfire. The entire team approaches each project with passion and expertise with precise and discreet use of top-line and custom gear. Our mastering engineers can unify your songs and eliminate noise and minor deficiencies while they help bring your artistic vision to your audience.


CUSTOM GEAR


Capitol Valve Compressor CM-5511Capitol Mastering facilities include access to our echo chambers, vinyl disc mastering and analog tape machines for all transfer and playback needs. Over the years the need for custom built, in-house systems has diminished as manufacturers now produce standardized equipment meeting the needs of the industry. Capitol engineers still work closely with our suppliers to help design and adapt their products to the real studio environment.

Capitol Valve Compressor CM-5511 – Created by Capitol’s technical staff and mastering engineers the Capitol Mastering Compressor was designed to give our engineers a unique tool to add harmonic content and subtle level control. The CM5511 is used in our mastering suites daily.

Mastering Gear Highlights:

KEVIN BARTLEY GEAR HIGHLIGHTS
EVREN GÖKNAR GEAR HIGHLIGHTS
RON MCMASTER GEAR HIGHLIGHTS
ROBERT VOSGIEN GEAR HIGHLIGHTS

VINYL MAKING PROCESS


mixing and masteringCapitol Mastering cuts lacquer masters and acetates for 7”, 10” and 12” formats. Capitol Records issues vinyl for most if not all new releases including the 180-gram LPs for the series “From the Capitol Vaults.”

The Prep – Pay attention to high and low-end frequencies during mixing and mastering. Cymbals and sibilance in vocals can cause issues on vinyl. Use de-essers for vocals and high pass filters to improve the overall sound. Low frequencies below 40hz should usually be cut.

Audio Master File Formats – The closer you can get to true analog the better. 16bit 44.1k files are fine, but 24bit 96k or even 192k give the best results. Analog tape is the ultimate audio source and keeps the signal chain completely analog.

Things to keep in mind – The length of the longest side on a record dramatically affects the final result. Heavy low-end takes more real estate on vinyl and should be factored into the equation. Ultimately, the finished product depends on the style and tonality of your music. Below is a general guide to vinyl format limitations.

Ideal Time Limits per Side

7” 33 1/3 RPM: 6 minutes
7” 45 RPM: 4.5 minutes
12” 33 1/3 RPM: 18 minutes [20 min/ side is OK, 22 min/ side is the max] 12” 45 RPM: 12 minutes [14 min/ side is OK, 15 min/ side is the max]

The Process – Plan at least 3 weeks from submitting your lacquer order to receiving test pressings and allow ample time to approve them. Vinyl is an imperfect medium and occasional ticks or pops may appear. Colored vinyl and picture discs are generally more noisy than standard black vinyl. Allow three weeks for shipping.


MASTERING ENGINEERS


Kevin Bartley

KEVIN BARTLEY

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Evren Goknar

EVREN GÖKNAR

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Ron McMaster

RON MCMASTER

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Robert Vosgien

ROBERT VOSGIEN

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MASTERING GALLERY



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