My name is Henry Smithson, and I care about your music! I'm proud of the work I do and the relationship I have with my clients. My aim is to give your tracks Maximum Emotional Impact, and my policy is to always over-deliver, and to get the best results I can, regardless of how long it takes me.
That's the skill and knowledge gained from over 24 years of experience in mastering, working with bands and artists like you, in just about every musical genre you can think of. You need it because your tracks need to stand up with the best of your genre. And it's easy to lose perspective on your project when you've heard it countless times while working on it. That's why even songs recorded by the greatest producers, in the finest studios, will benefit from an engineer like me, who can bring fresh, experienced ears to it.
I'm confident that I can get the best out of your music, so I'm offering this Free Mastering Trial. Sign up for the offer if you've got a project ready to go, then you can send me one of your tracks and I'll master it - no obligation, no charge. Sign up on the pop-up form, or email or phone - click on CONTACT for details.
I've also got years of experience in optical disc manufacturing, so if you want to produce a run of pressed or duplicated CDs or DVDs, I'd be happy to give you a really competitive quote for your manufacturing, with a choice of all the usual packaging formats. Feel free to get in touch if you need any help or advice on any aspect of CD or DVD manufacturing.
I can also help with any issues of artwork and design in relation to CD packaging. So even if you've got nothing but a few photos, I can put it all together for you from scratch, right up the point where it's properly laid out for the packaging that you want, and in the correct file formats ready to go straight to print.
I've gained vast experience of all sorts of music from over 23 years of CD mastering work, and also a longer history of bin-loop mastering for cassette duplication, including household name chart hits. So I've heard a huge amount of music in just about every genre you can think of, and under critical listening conditions. Because of this, I know what a good mix sounds like - which puts me in a unique position to help you get the best out of your studio mixes.
...is what I aim for. First I use my experience to listen to a client's mixes until I've formulated an overview of how the tracks could potentially sound. Then I focus in on the detail of the processing required in order to achieve it.
I've always approached audio mastering from the musical viewpoint, so I notice things about dynamics, the ebb and flow of a track, and how it's affected by the relationships of the different sections of a track to each other, as well as the more technical issues of EQ balance and level.
I don't agree with maximum loudness being the main aim of mastering. Loudness is important, but so are balance and clarity. To me it's all about enhancing what's already there to achieve Maximum Emotional Impact.
Find out the latest on Music Loudness HERE.
Home and budget studios are great for recording, but dubious monitoring and dodgy acoustics can mean that if you've never heard your music in an accurate listening environment, then you may not know how your mixes really sound. But I will, because my studio is flat and accurate.
In addition to the acoustic tuning - bass traps, acoustic tiles and corner absorbers - the studio is equipped with the amazing TACT room correction system - giving me a time-aligned flat frequency monitoring environment in which to make accurate sonic decisions. Here's the techy stuff...
- Neumann KH310A active 3-way speakers, renowned for their astonishing sound quality and performance.
- SADiE 24/96 & Magix Sequoia/RME DAWs for recording & editing. Plug-ins: SADiE & Magix native, UAD, Steven Slate, Voxengo & Waves.
- Analog outboard - Ted Fletcher P9 cmastering EQ, and P38 'Edward The Compressor, SPL Vitalizer 2 enhancer.
But don't forget - it's about ears, not just equipment! So let's not get too hung up on the gear - because Mastering is much more to do with the knowledge and expertise of the person using the gear.
- Audio Restoration - DeNoise, Dehiss, Declip, DeClick, Decrackle for audio cleanup.
- Editing.- Radio edits, assembly of music or voiceover recordings from multiple takes.
- Transfers - Professional transfers from older digital or analog formats.
- ISRC Coding - I can add ISRC codes and / or CD Text to existing masters if required.
Thanks for reading so far. While you're here, you can have a listen to some Music tracks that I've Mastered, read some Testimonials from delighted clients, look at my Gallery of CD covers from some of the hundreds of albums I've mastered, and find out about getting CDs made. Hope to hear from you soon - and don't forget the FREE Mastering Trial offer! Cheers,
Here are some tracks from just some of the albums, EPs and singles that I've mastered. Here's Player 1 - currently 48 tracks on high-quality 320 Kb MP3, covering a variety of musical genres, and I'll add more as I go. Hope you like them.
There are more tracks in Player 2. Click the link below to open both players in a new browser window or tab, so that you can listen at the same time as browsing in this window/tab.
Unmastered v Mastered example track.
Starts with Unmastered, but keep your volume down, as the Mastered portions kick in louder!
Here are some of the recent CDs I've mastered...
“The first time we ever got our tracks mastered we realised it was the best thing we could ever do to get a professional finished sound. Henry has just been the finest set of ears we could hope for and we’ve been taking our stuff to him since 2005. He’s fast, efficient and friendly. If you’ve never done it, just find the money to get your tracks mastered and go and see Henry. Do a few extra gigs, sell your Granny’s silver if need be. It’s not expensive and it’s worth every penny”
Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons
“At Mega Dodo we know how important it is to get our records and compact discs sounding just right. That’s why we have used Henry Smithson exclusively to master our releases. Henry always does a fantastic job, always goes that extra mile to make sure everything sounds perfect and does so for a very reasonable price. If you’re looking for somebody to master your record to the highest standards, look no further than Henry Smithson. You won’t be disappointed."
John Blaney - Mega Dodo Records
“Always been pleased with CD Mastering by Henry!”
“Brilliant mastering and great service. Would recommend for sure."
“I never hesitate to recommend Henry to our clients at The Cream Room - the service provided matches our own dedication to creating great results for our clients and I know that Henry will work with us to make our productions really shine."
Martin Lumsden - Cream Room Sound Productions
“Dear Henry, MARVELLOUS!! The world can now let out a breath! Lovely job on that remastering... So thanks again, your ears are definitely legendary."
Andy from Stemroach
Single track - £40
Up to 4 tracks - £30 per track
Up to 7 tracks - £25 per track
Up to 10 tracks - £22 per track
Over 10 tracks - £20 per track
These seem to cover most cases. But if your tracks are 10-minute mini-epics the price may vary!
Call me or email to discuss your project. I'll be able to give you an estimate there and then. After I've received your tracks and evaluated them I'll give you a proper quote and that's what you'll pay.
Red Book CD Master Disc - suitable for Duplication or Replication* - £15
(inc. postage by 1st class Recorded Delivery)
DDP Master Files - for Replication* - £25
(inc. listening copy on audio CD for approval, posted by 1st class Recorded Delivery)
THESE PRICES INCLUDE ADDING CD TEXT AND/OR ISRC CODES - AND NO VAT!
*Many CD Pressing plants now insist on Audio Masters delivered electronically as DDP files -
check with your Manufacturer.
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The CD is not dead! There's still money to be made selling physical product, especially if you're a gigging band or artist. So why not let me quote for your CD manufacturing. I've got huge experience in the pressing and duplication of CD and DVD discs and the various packaging options available. And if you're looking for help with the packaging design, I'm equally knowledgeable in the issues involved in the preparation of artwork and the printing of the packaging, and skilled in the use of Adobe software to design and produce artwork that looks good and is compatible with the print processes.
- Reliable service and competitive pricing are the hallmarks of my CD and DVD Replication service.
- Guaranteed quality pressing, full-colour litho on-disc print and a choice of all the common packaging formats.
- Call me for free expert help and advice in any aspect of optical disc manufacturing - even if you're just thinking about it!
- Send me your photos, pictures, logos and text, and I'll put the whole thing together for you, from start to finish, with creativity and expertise.
- Or if you've already got artwork done, but lack the experience and software to create print-ready files, I can do the tricky work of checking it, applying it to the right templates, and creating the press-ready files needed for print.