Sigil Of Brass

Mastering Engineers

4 Reviews (4 Verified)
Sigil Of Brass on SoundBetter

We are a pair of engineers who act as the bridge between your studio and your listener’s HiFi.

Welcome to Sigil Of Brass, where sound meets perfection. Founded by friends Allan Smyth and Andrew Backhouse, we are proud to offer top-tier mastering services in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. With years of expertise and a shared passion for music, we bridge the gap between the studio and your home hi-fi system.

At Sigil Of Brass, we understand that every track is unique. Our meticulous approach ensures your music retains its integrity while achieving optimal clarity and depth. We work closely with artists and producers, providing tailored solutions that bring out the best in every project.

Whether you're an emerging artist or an established producer, our state-of-the-art equipment and keen ears are here to enhance your sound. We believe in the power of collaboration and the magic that happens when creativity meets technical precision.

Experience the difference with Sigil Of Brass — where your music gets the treatment it deserves. Let us help you make your tracks shine, from the studio to your listeners' ears.

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4 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

Endorse Sigil Of Brass
  1. Review by Teppei K.

    He is very nice engineer!!

  2. Review by Teppei K.

    They are great engineers!!!

  3. Review by Teppei K.

    best mastering!

  4. Review by Teppei K.

    His work is Amazing.My track has been truly improved!!!

Interview with Sigil Of Brass

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I worked with Olefunken on a track - that really worked. We got on great, it is the personal touch that counts; we are not a faceless corporation.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Sorry, all signed with an NDA.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Hybrid - best of the old and the new.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: We will keep going as long as you need us to, unlimited revisions but we thinkn we nail it on the first attemp made public to you.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: I can work late in to the next morning and not have to be bright eyed and bushy tailed for 9am later on.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: "Do you master for vinyl?" There is no need for a mastered-for-vinyl and a mastered-for-CD version; one master works for one track, not mastering two masters for one track.

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: The biggest misconception about what we do is that we are musical snobs.

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: If they have not specified in their intriduciotion, we ask them to name a song in circulation that they hope their master has the same characteristics as.

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: We are not the cheapest, but we will work with you until you are happy with the result; there are unlimited revisions, but we reckon we will get it correct on the first attemp presented to you.

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: Neumann Monitors, Mac Studio, Raven screen - cigarretes and beer.

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: Allan has been an audio engineer since school, working his way up from sound boy to studio owner - there is not much he doesn't know about editing music. Andy has been working for over a decade in media production and audio distribution. They both decided to put their respective heads together and so was born Sigil Of Brass.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: Open minded and we have the tools to operate. We have a broad listening spectrum that allows us to work with you, without forcing our opinions on the artists we work with.

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: Bjork.

  27. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  28. A: Listening - on a good system, with an open mind.

  29. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  30. A: We admit that we really dig experimental and avant-garde compositions and recordings. We love working with forwward thinking artists and their management.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: Listening.

  33. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  34. A: If you think of the musician as the carpenter buikding, say, a desk. The mixing engineer gets rid of most of the jagged corners and the mastering engineer smoothes it all down, giving the desk / song a final finish - we make good songs sound great.

  35. Q: What's your typical work process?

  36. A: We admit we do a lot of third party work for underground labels. This is all signed with a Non-Disclosure Agreement so we can't really comment on it. We are more than happy with our work on Soundbetter.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: We have a studio in a small part of an enclosed warehouse, corklined and good as sound proof. We have, amongst other equipment; Nuemann and Adams monitors and a lot of RME outboard equipment.

  39. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  40. A: As Sigil Of Brass, here are some mastering engineers who inspire us: - Bob Ludwig: Renowned for his work with major artists like Led Zeppelin, Queen, and Radiohead. - Bernie Grundman: Known for his influence on the sound of Michael Jackson's Thriller and Prince's Purple Rain. - Emily Lazar: The first woman to win a Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. - Greg Calbi: Celebrated for his contributions to albums by John Lennon, David Bowie, and Bruce Springsteen. These engineers embody the precision, creativity, and dedication we strive for in our own mastering services.

  41. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  42. A: We work with artists who are working on their second release, after having success with their first hit. We are priced affordably and have a specialist studio in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

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Terms Of Service

Unlimited number of revisions - You don't use it, you don't pay for it - cloud backup for all of the files we work on.

GenresSounds Like
  • Brian Eno
  • The xx
  • John Coltrane
Gear Highlights
  • Neumann Monitors
  • Adams Monitors
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