Loft Mastering Opens In Liverpool
Producer Mike Cave has expanded his private studio operation with the launch of Loft Mastering, a professional independent mastering facility that is already attracting projects from major artists and record labels.
Housed in the same building as Cave’s established recording facility, The Loft Studios, Loft Mastering offers a full mastering service covering CD, vinyl and DVD mastering, custom PQ and ISRC encoding, sound restoration, digital editing, secure FTP facilities and CD, vinyl and DVD duplication and manufacture.
“With Loft Studios now well-established and in its 8th year of operation, launching Loft Mastering was an obvious next, especially as this type of facility is in short supply in the North of England,” says Mike Cave. “Our aim is to offer artists, producers and record labels a first-rate service that allows them to get the best from their music. Loft Mastering’s philosophy is to create great sounding, optimised, balanced and coded CD masters ready for manufacture.”
With more than 15 years experience as a producer/engineer and, more recently, studio owner, Mike Cave is ideally placed to offer the high quality service that major artists and record labels demand.
Cave, who studied at the London College of Music, played in a number of bands before joining Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios in 1994 as an in-house recording and mastering engineer. He went freelance in 2000, and has subsequently built a strong reputation as a producer, engineer, mixer & programmer. His success has earned him a string of top ten albums/singles and numerous multi-platinum, gold and silver sales awards. Among the many artists Cave has worked with are Thea Gilmore, Dave McCabe (The Zutons), The Charlatans, The Coral, John Martyn & Echo And the Bunnymen.
Loft Mastering is equipped with a Digidesign Pro Tools HD 3 Accel up to 192kHz 5.1 Surround Sound; high end analogue EQ and compression/limiting including Vintage Neve, SSL, Focusrite, Avalon, TLA and DAV; Genelec and Yamaha monitoring and high end mastering software including plug-ins from TC Electronic, Pultec, Fairchild, Sony Oxford, URS, Focusrite, PSP, Universal Audio, Eventide, Crane Song, Bomb Factory, Serato, Soundtoys, Joe Meek, Digidesign, McDSP and Waves.
“We aim to turn all mastering projects around within a week and we can accept projects from anywhere in the world via our secure FTP server,” Cave adds. “Clients receive free listening reference copies for evaluation and can also preview their mastered tracks on line for approval. We are very conscious that less experienced artists who are new to mastering require plenty of advice. We’re more than happy to work with them because we think it is important they get our support so that their music sounds great. We also offer free data backup and archiving, as well as a full CD report including absolute times for replication plants.”
Loft Mastering is already establishing a reputation as the place to master in the North of England. Recent clients have included The Charlatans, Elvis Costello, The Coral, Bodyrockers, Atomic Kitten, Sandi Thom, John Martyn, Thea Gilmore, Ian McNabb, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Universal Records, Sony/BMG, Island Records, EMI Records, Loog Records, Polydor Records and many more.