Studio Saile is a dedicated mastering house located on the banks of the River Poddle 4km south of Dublin city centre. The studio has been carefully designed to provide an optimum listening space for critical mastering decisions. Audio engineers often like to talk about machines with lights and buttons. However, fundamental to a mastering engineer is an accurate listening environment. This primarilty means a room. A room which has been built with advantageous room ratios, measured, acoustically treated, remeasured and calibrated to provide the best possible listening experience. In collaboration with Austin, Texas maker Sam De La Rosa (Moth Industrial), technical advice Boštjan Košir (Blackbird Sound, Ljubljana) and initial design advice from Irish architect/artist Francis Matthews we have built Studio Saile. The fixtures and custom mastering desk are designed by award-winning furniture maker Cillian Ó Súilleabháin.
While I'm very comfortable in the digital world (and frankly would be lost without certain key plugins), I do very much enjoy working with wonderful analogue hardware and you can hear a huge step up coming from the digital realm. I listen to your music on full range systems in an acoutically treated and measured room.
Monitoring by Neumann, Genelec, Audeze & Lehmann
Mastering console by Manley Labs
Acoutic treatment from GIK and Hofa
Analogue conversion by Crane Song & RME
Dynamic tools by Rupert Neve Designs & TK Audio
EQ by Manley Laboratories, Solid State Logic, TK Audio & Gainlab Audio.
Other analogue processing by Overstayer, Rupert Neve Designs, Crane Song & Eventide.
Software includes Izotope RX 8, Sonnox Oxford, FabFilter, Leapwing Audio, Bettermaker, etc.
I am passionate about the detailed and technical end of music production and programming. I hold a practice-based PhD which saw me developing live processing software for performance and have worked extensively with different technologies throughout my career.
With twenty something years as a music professional my work producing, working as a sideman on many many dozens of albums and the ongoing work of mastering music and film mixes for clients today means I'm always working on my primary tool: ears! My area of expertise leans towards the left of centre, although my interests are super broad.
Clear open lines of communication is very important to obtaining the best masters possible. I really enjoy taking your mixes to their finished point and making sure you are happy with every detail of the process.
All of this knowledge and understanding is brought to bear on your project: How can I help? What will make this audio come alive? When is your music ready to meet the wider world?