mastering studio

History


Once upon a time I was a busy touring musician who also worked in production, mixing and making records. But then the world was - at least temporarily - tipped on its head. The performances are on hold and now I've been given the chance to delve ever further into studio work causing a permanent shift in my focus. The 2020 pandemic has forced me - happily - to come out as a mastering engineer.

I have been involved in production on various levels for about twenty years starting out with a Tascam four track in the 1990s and ending up with my own acoustically treated studio space decked out with great gear (and delicious instruments).

I can bring your music to the finishing line where it will shine in the way it deserves.

What Have I Got?


I have been training my ears in the minutiae of music, frequency, noise and quality since my training as an instrumentalist in my teens. As any serious woodwind player will attest, it's a constant rethinking of sonics to follow the ideal sound - the interplay of reed, embouchure and above all, the ear. For twenty years as a professional with my work as a producer on my own records, my work as a sideman on many dozens of albums and the ongoing work of mastering singles and albums for clients today means I'm always working on my primary tool: ears!

I do also use wonderful tools made by Manley, Overstayer, Beyerdynamic, Eventide, Genelec, KEF, Monitor Audio, RME, Solid State Logic, TK Audio and Zynaptic.




Am I The Right Guy?


My area of expertise leans towards the left of centre, I'm not looking for the next pop sensation, there are better people out there for that type of work. Having said that my interests are super broad. I tend to work fast and can master a track for free so you can be the person to decide if it's a good fit for further work. I am here to help make your music stand up and out in the world.

Basic mastering fees for digital distribution are €35 per track.
I do also mix music. Mixing is a bigger undertaking and we would need to talk about that. But do get in touch with any questions.




Recent Releases



LP: Cabin Lights Out.

Artist: Myles O'Reilly

Independent digital release.

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Mastered by Seán Mac Erlaine

EP: Portmanteau.

Artist: Nic Gareiss

Independent digital release.

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Mastered by Seán Mac Erlaine



Film: Island Affinities.

Director: Kennedy Browne
Performed by brothers Colm & Gearóid Devane. Commissioned for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.
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Mix & Master by Seán Mac Erlaine

Film: PAL.

Director: Shane O'Reilly
Written and directed by Shane O’Reilly, with music from Zoe Ní Riordáin. Commissioned by Culture Night 2020.
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Mix & Master by Seán Mac Erlaine



LP: A Day in the Leap.

Artist: Thollem

CD/Digital release on Setola Di Maiale (Italy) and Acousmatique Recordings (San Francisco).

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Mastered by Seán Mac Erlaine

LP: [Indistinct Chatter] Tall as Houses.

Artist: Myles O'Reilly

Independent digital release.

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Mastered by Seán Mac Erlaine



LP: Fixity 6.

Artist: Fixity

Independent digital and cassette release.

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Mastered by Seán Mac Erlaine

Single: White Butterfly.

Artist: Nina Hynes

Independent digital release.

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Mastered by Seán Mac Erlaine



Single: Tender Love.

Artist: Flowers At Night

Independent digital release.

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Mastered by Seán Mac Erlaine

Single: Leaving The House.

Artist: Dave Dexter

Independent digital release.

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Mastered by Seán Mac Erlaine



EP: Three Songs.

Artist: NOUS NOUS

Independent digital release.

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Mastered by Seán Mac Erlaine

Single: The Corners Caved In.

Artist: Fiona Sheil

Independent digital release.

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Mastered by Seán Mac Erlaine