The acoustics of my studio have been carefully thought through, and after a fair amount of pedantic fine-tuning, I’m extremely happy with the result. I’ve invested especially in early reflection control and the overall sound of the space.
My mastering space consists of two sections: The most precise nearfield monitoring I’ve ever worked with, whose flat frequency response covers the entire human hearing range (and some of animals’ too). On the other hand, I can finetune the ready-mastered or mixed end product from the comfort of my sofa if necessary, in conditions that are more in line with how you listen to music at home but still based on good-quality hi-fi.
This process is also brilliantly helpful in revealing how the music translates when heard on an average listener’s equipment.
My work often consists of digging into resonances and finetuning the frequency balance of the mix, which may have been influenced by limited working conditions or equipment, such as early reflections caused by the mixer or just a room with lacking acoustics or other compromises in the listening conditions.
My studio is built around the Amphion One18 loudspeakers designed in Finland and specifically with this usage in mind. The speakers are sidekicked by Amphion’s own class D amplifiers and cablings optimised for said speakers. The lowest frequencies are reproduced in my studio by the subwoofer system of another Finnish manufacturer, Genelec. Other bits of equipment include e.g. a heap of top-notch headphones as well as a set of high-end KEF hi-fi speakers.
The processing itself is done with my DAW. Years of exploring the possibilities of digital technology since the early days of plug-ins has given me a good feel for what can be achieved with them. The world of plug-ins is finally giving analogue machinery a good run for its money – and then some!
It’s no longer necessary to acquire astonishingly expensive analogue gear whose reliability will diminish with time. And what’s best of all is that all your settings are automatically saved, making it easy to come back to a project even years later.
And if there’s a tool that doesn’t yet exist, I can build it myself!
Of course, you need to know what you’re doing or what you’re looking for with this technology as well. Technology is advancing at an insane speed. It’s essential to keep your eyes and especially ears open all the time, all the while trying not to get too carried away with the modern hapatuxes.