Play Masters Studio - Music Recording Studio



Before the mixing process it is very important to prep everything for a successful mix. Having all tracking in one session we must sort and organize all files to remain for the mix and discard everything else, once we have all the necessary files for mix we go over and clean all punches and make sure the timing and tuning are correct. That’s called editing.


Mastering process is the last stage of record creation. After the mixing stage mix is treated to a form of audio postproduction, in this process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source containing the final mix to a data storage device (the master), the source from which all copies will be produced (via methods such as pressing, duplication or replication). Recently, the format choice includes using digital masters although analog masters, such as audio tapes, are still being used by the manufacturing industry and by a few engineers who have chosen to specialize in analog mastering.

In order to make a deterministic process, mastering requires critical listening, there are software-mastering tools available to facilitate this last step, but results still depend upon the accuracy of speaker monitors. In our studio we carefully chose our monitoring systems. The most accurate monitoring system that we use is the PMC IB2S-A, it is a 3 way midfield mixing / mastering monitor system which will reveal every detail in the process. The $40K PMC system is very important component in the mix / mastering success and it is used in our well-tuned control room. In addition, "music mastering" engineers may also need to apply corrective equalization and dynamic enhancement in order to improve upon sound translation on all playback systems.


Mixing is the latest step in creation of a record before mastering. Today’s technology is so advanced that there are more than a few different approaches to the process. It has been a while since we started to use computers for record making, beginning with arrangements, tracking mixing and mastering. The computer today is definitely a centerpiece in any studio. We have access to tremendous amount of plugins that imitate the real hardware gear in our racks, and they do it pretty damn good job, while cost a fraction of the hardware price. The ease of use, price and recall ability of the latest plugins for sure make them the core of any computer recording system. To be quite frank, it is a fine way to make a record from beginning to an end using just what is in the box therefore the whole process could be made in the box. There are many examples of records that are made in the box that sound great.
That being said, there is still lots of analog hardware that is here to stay for a while. Processing and mixing outside the box is more rewarding if you know what you are doing. So there it stands the choices : should we mix digitally (in the box ) or analog ( summing all the signals from all channels to a mix bus) Digital summing has one crucial problem; that the output bit depth is equal to or less than each of the internal signals. This means that when signals are summed, some data must be thrown away. Moreover the volume of data discarded in this process increases with your track count. It would, of course be unfair to suggest that modern software performs this data reduction indiscriminately or with especially poor results, however many engineers and producers have found there to be something lacking in their digital mixes – often employing an analogue console purely to make use of its summing bus. So what’s so special about the mix bus on a big console? Well... only the highest of high end, large format consoles employ balanced mix buses to reduce crosstalk and fend off noise. And this is precisely the kind of mix bus you’ll find in our studio, in the Audient ASP8024, delivering the sound of it’s large format console. Not only is Audient’s summing bus as clean as a whistle, it has frighteningly high headroom. This is particularly important because adding signals means adding their levels, too.

The more signals you add, the more level you’re likely to find on the sum bus. Consequently, Sumo has been designed to handle levels in excess of +26dBu. This means that ASP8024 can take whatever you throw at it without distortion or noise. Another feature of large format studio consoles is the inclusion of a compressor over the main stereo bus. Consequently, the bus compressor from the ASP8024 is a flexible, high quality compressor capable of polishing a mix to perfection. To cap it all off, the monitor section gives you hands-on control of your playback level while the external input allows you to A/B your mixes against some reference material, or listen to the playback from your master recorder. While having 8 subgroups in the console we patch some of the subgroups thru an external compressor or eq we have in our rack that will add definition to your drum mix, vocal etc…Therefore our choice is mixing outside the box ,bottom line , it will get you a better separation, nicer stereo image , higher level handling before you master so in the mastering the limiter will not work as hard and therefore will not be noticeable as much.

On-location recording

We will record your performance at a concert, rehearsal, show case, recital etc… while bringing needed recording setup to the location, connecting and recording while you perform.

The recording will be done at the highest quality, as if you were recording at the studio using our own preamps and microphones if needed and hi-quality converters.

Usually the recording we do on location is done as a multi track recording session. After the recording is done, we can either give you all the separate tracks in a session in any audio format or take it back to the studio edit, mix and master so you can print it on CD’s , upload on to your favorite online music store or use it as a quality sound track for your video.

Contact us for any details concerning your live performance recording on location and discuss different packages we have available for you.


At PlayMasters studios we are always seeking for a true talent. The kind of talent that we would be willing to spend our time writing and producing for. We have various opportunities that we can offer to a possible nest Christina Aquilera , Maroon 5 or Eminem. All unsigned singers , artists and bands are welcome to submit demos to be considered. Please respond to us with either a myspace link , youtube link or attached music files. This could be a great opportunity to have a professionally done demo package and land a deal with a major record company. For further information fill in your contacts/website below.