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Mastering trance

Mastering trance | Trance mastering | Mastering Psy Trance

Mastering 1 Track = £30.00 | Stem Mastering 1 Track £56.00 | 4 Track (Stereo) E.P = £112.00 | Album 10-12 tracks £230.00 no tax added.

Labels you can save money and retain exceptional quality, and big artists you can ensure your label mastering engineer is doing the job properly. Had doubts ? My offering is that when you are ready I am here with the correct spirit… read on for details of mastering equipment, skill and qualities, fit for the job.

Equipment and acoustics

PMC IB1S, 10 inch drivers to 25Hz, large format mastering grade speakers.  Here I have 28 x 1.2M x 0.6M bass traps. I am very serious about acoustics, Here I use RW3 and RS45 traps, 28 of them, the deepest 2 meters thick.

Crane Song Solaris Quantum DAC (lowest ever published jitter spec), Manley Massive Passive, 500 WPC Hypex Class D amplification. Vari Mu, Sontec Analogue eq, Summit Audio Compressor, Mytek ADC. Plus a full set of ear selected up to date plug ins.

When it comes to mastering psy trance and trance I know how this music is meant to sound on a huge crystal clear P.A. system, from attending many festivals. (irrelevant of your bass line root note). Using truly mastering grade room acoustics and speakers it is time to hear the difference I can make for your tracks when they hit the dance floor. Equally important, the quality of sound cannot be resolved by metering.

Unsure about results of other’s work ? Rates costing your label a fortune ? Unsure about the quality of their studio equipment ? It is time for you to find out what you have been missing.

Whether you are a new label or an independent artist I can take your psy trance and trance tracks to their maximum sonic potential for a great price. Therefore, I assure you of the best sonic results performed with the right spirit and energy flow.

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Further details

* Understanding the high degree of technical knowledge that well known psy trance / trance producers have please see bottom of page for more details on acoustic treatment and the large format PMC IB1S (10 inch driver) speakers with 500watt per channel Hypex Class D amplification. A mastering engineer cannot correct what they cannot hear so audiophile high end (full range to 25Hz) monitors are not a second thought they are 100pct essential.

Trance music has a rich history since the early-mid 1990’s an up tempo music form which is both unique and influential. I have been to Goa around 10 times since 1996 and have produced this music myself (listen below). Mastering trance music is best performed in an highly accurate and controlled monitoring environment. Therefore, large scale loudspeakers with defined, deep and accurate bass response in a well treated acoustic environment are the gold standard. PMC’s here are 38kgs each –  3 way’s with soft dome – high definition mid range, all details are presented accurately.

Acoustics and high end monitors are critical

A few foam or rockwool bass traps will not flatten the low end of a room, it is a fantasy that near fields and a couple of corner straddles is sufficient. At Safe&Sound mastering there are no less than 28 x 1.2M x 0.6M bales of Rockwool/Earthwool (RW3/RW45 and 28kg m3 densities). In addition, I have some traps that are 2 Meters deep, that flattens the low end unlike almost useless foam) It is important to know your music will sound right at the festival, party or club, here there is accuracy to 25Hz.

Mastering worthy 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/ out door P.A.s and all other environments. Small speakers will not cut it for mastering. Most mastering engineers are proud of their high end monitors and show it on their site without hesitation. (check my video)

Experienced engineering

Mastering trance/psy trance also requires a mastering engineer who is sympathetic to the genre as a whole. And also understands the technicalities and intent of the music. It’s a style I know intimately and enjoy working with, knowing the harmonically rich mixes involved require special attention. Along with the huge importance of your kick and bass.

Whatever your sub genre, be it commercial, vocal trance, euphoric, tech trance, psy trance. (Forest, Dark psy, Full On or Progressive, Hi Tec, Goa, Neo Goa, Psy chill, Psy breaks, Psybient) requires someone who has an understanding of the goals of this music.

My approach

My approach to mastering trance music (and mastering psy trance music) will utilize a combination of tools in order to get the last drop of quality out of the music. It will take your music to its maximum potential. In particular high end analogue equalization to promote depth and space in a mix down. And high end compression,  in addition the best digital tools and superb fidelity reproduction system.

Big sound system results

Moreover, it is important when mastering for club based systems that the full audio range is heard down to the deepest lows. This is so any adjustments and corrections 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. Get it right and the results will be excellent sounding “play outs” at festivals and parties. And in addition sound great for your fans. Synthesizer heavy trance music requires an experienced 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.

The studio houses the following equipment:

PMC IB1S monitors /  Crane Song Solaris Quantum DAC / Hypex Class D amps / MYTEK ADC
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.
Dynaudio BM6P and Avantone secondary monitors
The finest ear selected DSP (software) money can buy. Weiss, DMG Audio, Fabfilter, Metric Halo (Sontec 432D9D), Nugen, UAD, Plug In Alliance, Voxengo, Izotope, Acustica, Oeksound, and many others. Only the very best from each developer.

I have been operating Safe&Sound mastering for 13 years without equipment being moved. Housed in a very well treated room, for repeatable results. 28 huge henge style bass traps plus diffusors. Most important, very serious bass trapping. + 10 years working as head of engineering in UK production company before dedicating as a full time mastering engineer.

Dispelling a few illusions

90pct of the sound and perceived volume of psy trance is mixing. The reason why big artists of the genre sound so good is they know their mixing requirements very deeply, (sound choices, mix balances, tone of elements, arrangements) and carving every mix detail with exceptional care. A pro mastering engineer is there to carefully enhance, improve and gently correct where need be and quality control the end results. I am 100pct confident I can do that as good, if not better, as anyone in the scene. It’s a tight scene I understand that. I can offer some broad feedback on what I hear if you are a budding producer, but this is not a psy trance mixing course for £30.00 – That is unrealistic and I want to be open and honest. Psy trance is a very difficult genre to produce and mix to a high standard. (I can provide broad feedback though, of course, there are common issues that appear in mixes that can limit volume for example.). It is not a secret that big artists tracks are very easy to achieve high perceived volumes, 90pct of that job is already done. Objective final 10pct (85pct sound and volume) is very important in maximizing sonic potential and results.

My job is to know what to do and what not to do and I am better equipped than many offering psy trance mastering to do that. No stone is unturned when it comes to room, tools and 23 years of sound engineering experience, specialized solely in mastering for 13 years.

I have done my production time with psy/Goa trance, (synthesizing my own sounds including both kick and bass, producing, mixing and mastering it.) Listen for yourself below. It is up to the scene to have an open mind to mastering psy trance if they want true quality and value. Being overly competitive is not in accord with core scene values in my view, however one must see the predicament of how you can present your professional facilities and abilities to this genre. As the universe unfolds, when the time is right, then the right connection is naturally made so this is my offering. One can do no more.

If you have had doubts about your existing arrangements, costs vs results/attention, maybe with clarity of mind arriving here will allow you to try a positive approach for your label or as a budding artist needing some good advice. There is only one way to find out, so when you are ready get in contact.

In conclusion

My philosophy is that mastering is performed by the ears, not by the eyes. Metering is important but certainly secondary. Super definition, detail resolving, accurate full range monitoring is not a second thought, it is critical. In mastering we need to have 100pct accuracy and detail, this way I know what not to do as well as what to do with your music. These are the small differences that set end results apart. A track is released once, make it count.

Just send your track via   Standard pricing 1 Track £30.00, for full details on pricing please see “Pricing and payments” on the menu bar.

Here is a good blog article about how to finish your tracks with finished trance track :

* The mastering studio is treated with no less than 28 bales (1.2m x 0.6m) of Rockwool RW3/RW45, Knauf RS45 and Knauf 28kg/m3 fibre glass/mineral wool. Room is flat to 25Hz meaning I know precisely what is happening to the low end in this room using PMC IB1S. When your music hits a Funktion 1 system you want to know it is going to sound right.

The acoustic treatment at Safe&Sound is copious and serious. I understand the sheer quantity of treatment required to have a flat bass response in a room. There is significantly more treatment in room today than in the old site photos, you won’t find better results. Some traps are 2 meters deep ! I know the importance of hypnotic, punchy and powerful kick and bass (KbBB) – mid range clarity without harshness and a smooth top end for trance genres. Full range true mastering grade monitoring and room is critical.