As a professional studio, our engineers and producers can record, produce, stereo sum, mix and/or master your music through some of the best and most respected hardware available with equipment from Manley, API, SSL, Neve, Tube-Tech, DDA, Chandler, Universal Audio and more (all of the photographs on our website are from our studio).
What’s more, you can attend to watch and learn from us as we mix or master your music, or talk through our track analysis.
recording & production
At Altar, we don’t just have the facilites, we have the producers with the qualifications and experience to record and produce your music to a release quality standard.
Our first recording studio was established in 1994 and has since performed work for Sony Music BMG, Universal, Polygram and Warner to name just a few, with artists winning platinum records from our work. And as a ghost production facility, we have helped countless DJ’s and artists realise their vision, with the resulting releases hitting millions of views on YouTube.Quote me
Stem mastering is where a number of grouped instruments such as the drum subgroup, bass subgroup, leads, vocals and/or effects are treated to individual processing to enhance their overall sound.
A typical example would be a drum subgroup supplied as a single stereo audio file. We would repair any technical issues with the loop and treat it to processing via hardware to add depth, warmth, punch, and air to the audio.
We can also sum individual drums, bass and leads into grouped stems using Tube-Tech, Neve or SSL summing mixers.Quote me
Mastering is the final step before distribution. It consists of repairing any errors and adjusting a tracks’ frequency and dynamics so that the music sounds consistent across different playback systems.
Amateur mastering engineers usually focus on achieving the loudest level possible but this heavy-handed approach only degrades the audio quality and removes the dynamics from the music.
We employ a creative mastering approach, adding some loudness but also preserving the dynamics and transients of the music so your listeners can enjoy it more. We’re also Apple MFiT certified so we can master for the multitude of platforms.Quote Me
Sometimes its difficult to know whether your music is right or wrong, and it’s easy to become so close to a project that you lose objectivity.
With 30 years of experience, we can listen to your track and make recommendations on how to take it to the next level for submission to a record label. You receive a full-written report detailing all of our recommendations from dynamics and tonality, through to arrangement.
This service can be a great aid to mastering your craft, it highlights issues you should be aware of and also offers the opportunity to learn how to repair it.Quote Me
A mix can often make or break a track. If you’re feeling unsure about how to mix your music, we can take the strain. Our engineers have years of experience and will mix your music through state of the art hardware including DDA, SSL, Tube-Tech and Neve.
You can upload your track to our dropbox and leave the rest to us, or you can book a dedicated session with the engineer to watch and learn how he mixes your track. This is a great opportunity to learn from professionals.Quote Me
The most important tools in your studio are those stuck on the side of your head. And they’re irreplaceable. Once your hearing is damaged it can never be repaired.
Custom hearing protection offers many advantages; You can select the correct filter for the protection you need. They are more comfortable because they fit your ears perfectly and they use flat-response attenuators, enabling you to hear the sound as it was intended. Its like having a volume control for your ears.
The filters attenuate the sound across all the frequencies with 10,15,25 or 30 interchangeable filters and are custom fitted to you.Quote Me
CUSTOM EAR PROTECTION
Nobody likes bells, particularly when they’re constantly ringing in your ears. But fear not, Alex, our resident hobbit and qualified audiologist can help you on your quest. As a tinnintus retraining therapist she can help you deal with those bells.
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We can provide private mentoring sessions either online or in our studios.
These sessions can help you in a variety of ways and are available whatever your stage of development. They can be used to help you master a concept that may holding up your production or career, or as a way to move your training forward at a faster pace than video tutorials or more traditional styles of learning.
Lessons can be held via Skype or preferably by attending our studio. We don’t just mentor, we actively work in the industry so your guaranteed outstanding results.Quote Me