overhaul at D.E.S.!
made some significant improvements to our mastering system.
Here's the exciting details!
TC Electronic Syustem 6000 mk.II
have upgraded our TC System 6000 to the new mk.II version.
This gives the System 6000 more processing power, plus
expands the platform for futer updates in mastering software.
hasn't allowed updating news in a good while, but since
2005 we've made some significant changes, the most major
being a completely new mastering room. Here's the gear
we've added since our last update. We'll provide details
Dual Velodyne DD-12 subwoofers
Thermionic Culture "Phoenix" Master Compressor
Thermionic Culture "Culture Vulture Mastering"
tube distortion generator
Sonic/Metric Halo 304 interface
Dorroughs loudness meters
- LEGENDARY AUDIO MASTERPIECE
Masterpiece by Legendary Audio is a new analog
mastering system designed by Mr. Rupert Neve. The Masterpiece
is configured in a modular design with each module being
reminiscent of classic Neve design processors and includes
parametric eq, shelf eq, filters, tape simulation, phase
correction, compression and image control.
The Masterpiece can be used in it's standard mode
which you could basically say is the "New Neve Sound",
which is super fast, precise and detailed, or it can be
run in "Classic Mode", which is the fat warm sound of
classic Neve processor and console designs.
But that is only part of the story. The most unique aspect
of the Masterpiece design is the ability to apply
these processors to the overall sound, or to specific
low, mid or high bands or any combination of bands. For
instance you could apply the "Classic Mode" to the lows
only, tape simulation to highs only, compression to mids
& highs only etc. It is truly the most unique mastering
processor on the market.
The combination of our Crookwood console and our
already impressive collection of Manley and TubeTech
processors with the Legendary Audio Masterpiece
gives DES an incredibly powerful array of mastering
The Masterpiece has the solid state technology
that is fast and accurate, our tube processors have warmth
and color. The combination of the technologies is a beautiful
thing. As one legendary engineer put it, "We take photographs
with solid state. We paint pictures with tubes. Sometimes
the best result is to paint over a photograph."
- CROOKWOOD MASTRING CONSOLE
D.E.S is happy to announce that we are the first
regional mastering facility to install a custom Crookwood
Mastering Console from noted designer, Crispin Herrod-Taylor,
formerly of Solid State Logic, Focusrite and Meridian.
In mastering, the console is the Grand Central Station
of the whole system. Everything, both analog and digital,
is routed via the console. It also handles levels and
balance to and from the analog processors. And in the
Crookwood's case, it also allows the mastering
engineer to switch between multiple a-to-d and d-to-a
converters in order to determine which best suits the
program material for sending and returning to the analog
rack or for inputting analog sources. (Yes, even the best
converters sound very different from each other.)
So in other words , the entire mastering system will only
sound as good as the mastering console. The sound quality
of the Crookwood is superb as you would expect
given Crispin's pedigree, and the functionality has made
our workflow simpler and allows the mastering engineer
more flexibility, which means he can more quickly try
different processors and processor combinations in order
to find what fits your project the best.
To compliment the Crookwood, we have upgraded to
all new high-definition cabling and connectors throughout
the entire system. This together with the Crookwood
Mastering Console ensures that your project will be
treated with the pristine detail that it deserves.
- MANLEY MASTERING SLAM!
We have acquired the first Manley Mastering SLAM!
in North America. The SLAM! is a combination
of a tube electro-optical limiter (e.l.o.p) and a solid
state F.E.T. limiter, allowing the two distinctly different
limiting methods to be used separately or in tandem. It
can be used subtly to just kiss off the hottest peaks
of delicate material by a dB or so, or it can be used
as the nastiest rock & roll grinding loudness machine
on the planet. The Manley Mastering SLAM!, together
with our Manley Massive Passive tube eq and TubeTech
SMC-2B tube compressor, gives D.E.S. a true
state-of-the-art analog mastering system.
- EARTHWORKS SIGMA 6.2 MONITORS
D.E.S. has added a pair of Lipinski L-707 monitors
as our main reference speakers. The Lipiniski L-707s
have been hailed as among the most accurate reference
speakers on the market by some of the industry's top mastering
and mixing engineers, and are possibly the most phase-coherent
speaker made. This phase coherency not only provides the
most stable stereo image, but also allows the mastering
engineer to work longer without listening fatigue setting
what better way to compliment a great pair of monitors
BRYSTON 4B SST PRO POWER AMPLIFIER
Is the Bryston 4B SST the best sounding power amp
in the world? Many say yes, and after hearing ours with
the Lipiniski L-707 monitors, it's hard to imagine
anything could be better. This amp has an absolutely unrestrainded,
efforless sound that reveals details in mixes that allows
the mastering engineer a crystal clear window to listen
deep within the mix, and to make much more accurate decisions
about sculpting the sound. No, it doesn't affect the sound
of the mastering, but it gives the mastering engineer
the most accurate reproduction possible to help him make
the proper moves.
- EARTHWORKS SIGMA 6.2 MONITORS
D.E.S. has added a pair of Earthworks Sigma
6.2 monitors as our secondary reference speakers.
You'll find rave reviews of the Sigma 6.2's in
most of the high-end audio and pro audio magazines.
-UNITED AUDIO 2192 MASTER DIGITAL AUDIO INTERFACE
The UA 2192 is not only one of the best sounding
a-to-d and d-to-a converters on the market, it is also
a master clock, which our entire mastering system is now
clocked to. The sound quality of the UA 2192 is
a result of three factors: on the digital side it uses
the absolute state-of-the-art 192k 24 bit converters available,
on the analog side it employs the world-renowned sound
quality of United Audio electronics in all of the input
and output analog stages, and on the clocking side it
features a totally unique, proprietary digital clocking
method that is the most stable clock to date, and that
translates to the rest of the system as the 2192
makes that clock accessible on multiple word-clock outputs
to which everything is now locked.
D.E.S. has dedicated the digital-to-analog converter
of the UA 2192 as our monitor converter, and the
analog-to-digital side as one of the options for returning
from our analog mastering rack or for inputting analog
sources. The UA 2192 together with our TC Electronic
ADA9624 and Mytek WS2424 gives D.E.S.
the broad flexibility of three of the finest converters