THE MASSIVE GEAR SELECTION

Of course, any mastering facility is
only as good as the engineer...

But after that comes the monitoring chain, the room and the gear selection. Every piece of gear at MASSIVE Mastering was carefully chosen from some of the greatest mastering gear available. Some stock, many modified, some one-of-a-kind -- All exceptional in function and uncompromising in quality.

MM_BlueCircle16 PRIMARY MONITORING CHAIN: 
  • Custom built and based Tyler Acoustics (by Ty Lashbrook) Decade Series D1 reference speakers (crossovers by Danny Richie)
  • Bryston SST Series and Emotiva XPA Series amplification
  • Controller:  Crane Song Avocet monitor control system / monitoring D-A
  • 2x Dorrough Electronics 40-D Series PPM / crest / loudness metering
  • NUGEN Audio VisLM-H loudness metering

MM_BlueCircle16 ANALOG OUTBOARD Includes:
  • Crane Song STC-8M Class A mastering compressor / limiter with HPF side-chain mod
  • Rupert Neve Designs P2MB (Portico II Master Buss Processor)
  • TK Audio TK-lizer Baxandall mastering EQ with Kirkwood precision sum/difference matrix
  • Crane Song Ibis Discrete Class A parametric equalizer (side-chain modded to +/-6dB)
  • “SS-oweL” Stereo Compressor (Custom unit based on the SSL4044E/G buss compressor with added MCI 416 transformer output)
  • The "M5" (Massive Mastering Magical Mojo Manipulator)
  • A Designs EM-EQ2 solid-state Pultec style stereo equalizer

MM_BlueCircle16 DIGITAL INTERNAL AND OUTBOARD PROCESSING - Highlights:
  • DBX Quantum ll (Digital Multi-band Mastering Processor) 
  • Universal Audio Digital (UAD) collection:  Fairchild 670, Teletronix LA2A, Urei 1176LN, Precision Mastering Series Limiter, Pultec EQP-1A, Cambridge EQ, Pultec MEQ-5, Precision Mastering Series Equalizer, Precision Multi-Band compressor, Neve 33609C Stereo Compressor, more...  
  • Extensive digital processing by Algorithmix, Brainworx, DFP, Eiosis (Eliosound), Elysia, FabFilter, Slate Digital, SPL, SSL, Voxengo, more
  • AM-Suite (Native to the Samplitude/Sequoia family)
  • Acustica Nebula
  • Elastique Pro time-stretch / compression algorithms
  • Select Waves VSTs
  • Izotope’s RX Series audio restoration tools, Samplitude Professional Cleaning-Restoration Suite
  • K-Stereo processor (by Bob Katz / Algorithmix) 

MM_BlueCircle16 DIGITAL CONVERSION and ROUTING HARDWARE Includes:
  • Crane Song H.E.D.D. 192 - Harmonically Enhanced Digital Device
  • Weiss "Gambit Series" AFI1 AES/EBU interface
  • Crane Song (Avocet) monitoring D/A
  • Z-Systems z-8.8 (4.2.2 - AES/EBU, S/PDIF, TOSLink/EIJA Optical)
  • Emotiva XDA-1 Differential Reference™ DAC
  • DBX Quantum II Type IV Conversion System
  • Sonic Solutions SS-613 DA/AD (x2)
  • Lynx AES 16-channel Digital Interface / Router

MM_BlueCircle16 SOURCE PLAYBACK / TRANSPORT Includes:
  • MCI JH110C open-reel analog deck (with 1/4” and 1/2” head stacks)
  • Tascam DV-RA1000 Direct Stream Digital (Sony DSD) system
  • Alesis MasterLink ML-9600 High Resolution Master Disk System
  • Rega P3 table w/glass platter, RB300 arm and Dynavector 10x4 MC cartridge
  • Cambridge Audio Azur Series 640P MM/MC Class ‘A’ phono stage
  • Tascam DA-30 MkII DAT deck
  • Sony Mini Disc
  • Cambridge Audio Azur Series 650BD SACD/HDCD/DVD-A
  • MASSIVE DDP Application by Sonoris
  • Marantz PMD 500 analog cassette
  • Tascam CD-301 MkII Compact Disc
  • Panasonic SV-3700 DAT
  • Technics RS-DC10 Digital Compact Cassette (DCC)

MM_BlueCircle16 DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATIONS Feature:
  • Apple multi-core Intel processor machines running OSX and Windows
  • Dell OptiPlex 7000 series workstations
  • Samplitude Professional recording / mastering production system
  • Steinberg WaveLab Audio Mastering and Editing Suite w/DDP import/export
  • DSP Quattro
  • Plextor internal and external drives (712's, 716's, 755's, 760's, 880's) utilizing PlexTools Professional
  • Synology DiskStation DS1515+ 15TB (5x3TB WD30EFRX) Quad-core NAS / RAID (SHR) / File server

MM_BlueCircle16 DITHERING OPTIONS Include:
  • Lavry Engineering Dithering with Acoustic Bit Correction®
  • POW-r Dithering system
  • Crane Song “Analog Dither”
  • Crane Song HEDD 192

MM_BlueCircle16 MISCELLANY:
  • Room treatments by GIK Acoustics, Klups, RealTraps ®
  • Grado Labs SR225 Prestige Series headphones
  • All interconnections are Belden 1800F cable with Neutrik connectors.  Amplifier and speaker connections are Silver Serpent, Kimber and Cobalt cables respectively. 
  • Monster Power® 7000 Balanced & 3500 Series Professional and Blue Circle power conditioning and filtering - Pangea AC9 and AC14 cabling on all vital componentry.
  • "Reality Reference" monitoring chain including Tyler Acoustics Decade Series D4M reference monitors, custom-voiced here at MASSIVE. Emotiva XPA-2 & Bryston 2B-SST power amplification
  • Custom mastering console by Sterling Modular
  • The famous “Stereo Stupidifier with Digital Sonic Decrapulator”