Mastering trance | Trance mastering



DJ Dirty Law (Paris) ” Thanks for this mastering, I’ve been playing it all week on Funktion1 system, sounds really nice, thanks !! “


Trance music has a rich history since the early-mid 1990′s an up tempo music form which is both unique and influential. Mastering trance music is best performed in an highly accurate and controlled monitoring environment. Large scale loudspeakers with defined and deep bass response in a well treated acoustic environment is ideal. Reference speakers which can reproduce the full frequency range and highlight distortion and harshness early gives music the best chance of translating well to club systems and all other environments.


Mastering trance also requires a mastering engineer who is sympathetic to the genre of dance music as a whole and also understands that trance music is not “preset” music. I take the challenge of mastering trance personally it’s a style I enjoy working with knowing the harmonically rich mixes involved require special attention, along with gelling the low end. With variations on highly commercial sounds and underground styles mastering trance and it’s variants be it commercial, psy, goa, progressive, hard or speed requires someone who has an understanding.


Professionals mastering trance music will utilize a combination of tools in order to get the last drop of quality out of the music. Typically high end analogue equalization to promote depth and space in a mix down, high end compression, the creme de la creme of digital tools and superb fidelity reproduction systems. Trance can get harsh if the upper mid range is not carefully examined and in balance with the rest of the spectrum, a good trance mastering engineer will perfect the right tonal balance.


SafeandSound Mastering offers a free trance mastering preview (studio down time permitting) so you can hear the quality of the mastering before proceeding. It is important that when mastering for club based systems that the full audio range is heard down to the deepest lows. This is so any adjustments to the all important bass frequencies can be made. It is easy to miss common problems in the lower frequencies when attempting to self finalize music destined for club systems and radio transmission. Get it wrong and the results will be bad sounding club “play outs” and broadcasts. Synthesizer heavy trance music requires a keen ear to master successfully. If you are considering mastering trance music, drop me a line or by all means call to discuss your project and requirements.


Your music will be processed using a combination of the following equipment:


PMC IB1S monitors  /  Benchmark Media DAC-1 HDR
MANLEY Massive Passive (Hardware not UAD)
HCL VaRiS (Vari Mu Valve compressor)
Summit Audio DCL-200 Valve compressor
Custom built T-Filter equalizer (Sontec inspired circuit), stereo ganged.
TC Electronic 2240HS analogue equalizer
The finest ear selected DSP (software) money can buy.


I guarantee you will hear the difference mastering trance music at SafeandSound Mastering. Just send your track via adding safeandsound123 at (at being @ with no gaps). No obligation, free preview. Standard pricing 1 Track £30.00, for full details on pricing please see “Pricing and payments” on the menu bar.