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IMPORTANT - Please read the note at the end of this article.
In a recent feature in Audio Masterclass, I described mastering at home as an oxymoron - an oxymoron is a phrase that contradicts itself.
Clearly there are two sides to the debate. One side says that mastering should only be done by a specialist mastering engineer. The other side says that if you have the skills to record and mix, then you have the necessary skills to master too.
I'll have more to say on my personal viewpoint at a later date. But one of the most interesting comments on the article came from FATnSASSY Mastering of Pismo Beach, California, USA.
FATnSASSY Mastering is, from what I read, a mastering studio around which the owner's home is built. Clever idea - I like that!
So it is technically a home studio. But hardly a bedroom studio. Here is the equipment list...
Hmm, the Mercedes CLK 230 is an interesting feature. You don't often see that kind of thing in studio suppliers' catalogs.
This then pretty much confirms my suspicions about mastering at home. If it takes this much equipment just to master, then maybe hiring a mastering studio and engineer, as and when you need it, is simply a more economical solution.
I suppose now someone will tell me that you can get all of the above as a plug-in.
Including the Mercedes?
Since this article was published, a number of visitors have questioned the honesty of the mastering studio mentioned, in particular that the equipment list is that of another studio, as is the photo which is actually of a mastering suite at Discmakers. Audio Masterclass advises that you check the credentials and track record of any provider of mastering services.