What you will get from me? You will stand out with tremendous Masters by offering a true listening experience to your audience on streaming platforms and download Stores. 15+ Mastering and Mixing Engineer with worldwide credits. Credits: Luke Jenner (The Rapture), BMG, Skint, Cassius, Kompakt, Defected, ED BANGER, Sony, Universal and much more
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Dan D'Ascenzo is not the typical Mastering and Mixing Engineer.
Known worldwide for his specialisation and skills in delivering optimised Masters for Streaming Platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Youtube,.. & for regular download stores, he consider mastering as a creative step in the music production path.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When customers send him their works to master, he has a clear vision on the direction he wants to bring them to.
Strategically located between Germany, Holland and Belgium, Leftright Studio positions itself among the high-end mastering studios worldwide and presents itself with carefully selected gears.
Since 2019, the Studio is fully equipped by the SPL Mastering Series and all masters captured benefit of their 120V DC Audio rail technology and the instant 3D.
Dan has been in the field for more than 15 years, both practicing and as a lecturer in SAE Institute. He is well known for his warm, human approach of the projects he works on and in the relationship with his clients. His creative style applies to all genres of music and artists as long as there is emotion in the productions which he then brings to another level.
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6 ReviewsEndorse Dan D'Ascenzo Mastering
Dan heard things I had a hard time noticing in my mastering process. He gave very good tips and it was easy to communicate with him about the track we worked on!
Great mastering and great communication. He has good ears and treats the song with proper care. A minor adjustment was made quick and easy. Dan is a pro!
I can recommend Dan's work and will be using his services again.
Great quality mastering and a professional service from start to finish!
Will definitely be using the services in the future, a great way to enhance your tracks!
Dan has a great ear and I am very happy with his touch on the first track we worked on so far.
Great professional and nice person with an astonishing studio set-up!
Before my last release I sent two files to different Mastering Studios. At the end it was easy to decide for Dan, as his work was simply the best. I also played the different versions in front of friends and we all came to the same conclusion. Beside the technical reasons I also need to say that working with Dan is fun and a pleasure.
Interview with Dan D'Ascenzo Mastering
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: An optimal playback on streaming services as well as in clubs
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a DJ in 1991 then music production in 1996 including mixing until 2005 when I got my SAE diploma. During my study I fall in love with mastering. I do mastering since then, in 2006 until today
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That in 2019 most still want to have loud Masters! It's over.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently had the chance to master an Unplugged Live album from a French artist. It’s been a long time since I mastered a live recording, especially not for the actual streaming era. If you are interested to have a listen, here’s the link: https://open.spotify.com/album/2tgmEJ8BLMRzlmwsefSSfo?si=8PcOxVVtQoyeAx1QJer8-Q
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! But Analog first ;) Because mostly I'm oldschool. I love technology.. but I can't achieve the same powerful sound with digital only. And on the flip side, digital are essential to tweak my sound upfront the analog rig and after.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: To read all the positive reviews that my happy customers send me.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you want to stand out on streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal or Youtube, then you knock at the right door! I master the loudness normalisation and all the music that I've mastered and that are released on the streaming services stand out way more than everyone else!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Zoom H4N, MPC, Apollo Twin, Heaphones. That's it.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If you're happy with you mixdown, take a break for some times.. Then open the session again and turn DOWN the loudspeakers at the minimum audible possible.. You will detect directly if elements like for instance HiHats or cymbals,... stand out too much.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I bring my sound signature to any kind of music. Mostly Electronic Music (incl. Pop, Hip-Hop, Boom bap).
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: When I listen to the dong for the first time, I've a clear idea on the creative decision I'll take to bring it to the next level, thanks to my beautiful analog outboards, speakers and room.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My Speakers are Amphion Two18 + BaseOne 25 system My Mastering console: SPL DMC red AD/DA: For stereo mastering: Antelope Pure2 + 10M Atomic Clock For stems purposes: UAD Apollo 16 + Dangerous Busic 2BUS+ Signal Processing: SPL M/S Master + Dangerous Music Liaison My analog Outboard: Equalizers: SPL PQ Mastering EQ RED Edition SPL Passeq RED Sontec 250A modified Dynamic control: SPL IRON Mastering Compressor Red Edition Foote P3S ME Compressor HCL Varis Valve Compressor SSL 4000G Bus Compressor custom build 1176 stereo custom build Other magical stuff: Electric Lane Black Coffee Pre Amp Aphex Aural Exiter 250 C III Sound Signature: STUDER A80 TAPE MACHINE Interconnect: Vovox Sonorus Direct S – Purum certified Studio Digital Tools & Plugins: Universal Audio’s UAD QUADx2 + Apollo 16: Full option Plugin Alliance Flux Sonnox Playback: Presonus Studio One V4 Protools 10 & 12 Logic Pro X Ableton 9 -10 Stanton ST.150 Turntable Studer A80 Tape Machine DAW / Workstation: Studio One Pro V4 Wavelab 9.5
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Anything with lots of dynamic and vibe. Rare these days.. though dynamic is the new loud..
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Probably to be aligned with my creative decisions.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listening first! I believe that Mastering as also a lot to do with explaining what you hear. I attach particular importance to the communication with my customers to help them and to give them advises for delivering me their best mixdown possible.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I provide stereo mastering, delivered in 2 formats: Optimised masters for Streaming Platforms (like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Youtube (video and music (new)),..) and for download stores (Bandcamp, iTunes (incl. MFiT), SOundcloud, Beatport & co,..) and also stems mastering and full mixdown services as well.