Neil has been an audio engineer for over 15 years originally producing, recording and mixing a wide variety of indie rock bands and singer songwriters. He also has specialised in location recordings for major artists of their live shows. In recent years he has concentrated on mastering. He believes that the insight from this experience of the entire process from recording the first guide track, to the final mix, gives him a unique and helpful insight as the final Mastering Engineer of your project.
My approach to mastering is best described as “sympathetic” to the original mix. If a mix has reached mastering I assume (unless told otherwise) that the vision of that mix is what was wanted by the Artist, Producer and Engineer. I therefore view it as my job to take that vision and put simply, make it sound as glorious as possible without damaging that orginal artistic intent. If there is something fundamentally wrong with the mix I would talk to the artist first and make suggestions rather than simply try and reverse engineer an out come with multiband compressors and MS tricks. A well balanced mix in the first place always makes for the best master.
To that end I like to work primarily in the analogue domain initially as I'm a big believer in “Analogue Vibe” being imparted onto your mixes especially if they have been done “In The Box” as many mixes are these days. A quality analogue chain can really make an “In The Box Mix” sound like it was done on a big vintage console.
"I've worked with Neil for many years on many different projects and styles including classical, jazz, electronica and various media commissions, as well as the recent mastering of Piano Interrupted's second album. Quite simply, he always delivers exemplary product, and with minimum fuss. Care, attention and a musical ear. The man is high fidelity."
"Neil is our go to guy when it’s time for mastering. When I am done mixing I want to hand it over to someone I know will take good care of my babies. Neil has a great ear for music and combined with his talent and skills his mastering work is always impeccable. He’s also a great guy who will always go the extra mile!"
"Thanks Neil! For your professionalism, your commitment to the job and your great attitude.It is a pleasure working with you! The song sounds amazing! I will be working with you again."
There is only one thing to say : Neil Pickles loves what he does. There is no other explanation for how this mastered album sounds. Amazing !
"I've worked with Neil for several years & have recommended him to countless other artists & musicians. He's an olde-fashioned perfectionist & his attention to detail is perfect counterweight to my more 'instinctive' approach to making records. We end up with the best of both worlds & he doesn't stop until it sounds perfect. The best mix engineer I know, bar none."
"Few facilities in the globe will take care of your audio and make it glow like Reveal Sound. Awesome gear and, more importantly: the skills and experience using it. Salud Reveal Sound!!"
Big shout to Neil Pickles at Reveal Sound for all of the recent "Atlas" mastering. Not to mention the publicity also! Only just now have i been able to have a proper listen to the mastered version of "Rock, Paper, Knives" at volume - proper job.
Sonic Soundblade Professional Mastering DAW
Avid Pro Tools HDX 11HD
MacPro 12 Core
UAD-2 Quad DSP Card
Avid HD i/o 16x16 ADDA
Antelope Isochrone Trinity Master Clock
Manley Massive Passive Mastering Version Valve EQ
George Massenburg Labs 8200 EQ
Thermionic Culture The Phoenix Mastering Plus Vari Mu Valve CompressorAlan Smart C2 Compressor with high pass filter side chain modification.
Monitors - Focal SM9 on China Cones.
Sonnox Elite Bundle, Sonoris Mastering EQ
Plug In Alliance V2 EQ, FabFilter ProL
Massenburg Design Works Digital EQ
Flux Pure Analyzer with Metering Option
Slate Digital VTM, FG-X, ProAudioDSP DSM V2
Izotope RX3, Sonnox Restore
UAD-2 Ultimate Plug Ins Collection
McDSP Everything Pack
Soundtoys V4 bundle
Slate Digital Platinum Trigger
Softube Bass Amp Room, TSR1 and Trident A Range.
Everything by Avid
Waves Platinum Bundle (includes mastering collection)
My approach to mastering is best described as “sympathetic” to the original mix. If a mix has reached mastering I assume (unless told otherwise) that the vision of that mix is what was wanted by the Artist, Producer and Engineer. I therefore view it as my job to take that vision and put simply, make […]
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