STUDIO

Facilities

Located between Berlin and Leipzig, the mixing and mastering studio provides reference-level acoustics, state-of-the-art loudspeakers and the latest analogue and digital equipment.

Company philosophy

Online Mixing strives to achieve excellent results at all times. In order to meet the high demands of the engineer, only the best high-end analogue gear is used for mastering. All equipment is connected with short point-to-point wiring by one of the leading high-end cable manufacturers.

Analogue mastering

In order to get the best analogue audio signal from your files, a two-channel Forssel MADA-2 digital to audio converter is used, which counts as one of the best mastering converters in the world. The Avalon AD 2077 ist one of the most complex Mastering Equalizer available. The studio also ownes a Buzz Audio REQ-2.2 Mastering Versionn. The third EQ used is the Millennia NSEQ-4. For compression used are the highly regarded Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor as well as the Vertigo VSC-2, also known as ‘Mercedes of VCA compressors’.

Monitoring

Since neutral and true listen-back capabilities are the essential core in mixing and mastering, a lot of emphasis has been put into acoustics during the build of the studio and choosing its monitoring. The playback gets played through a Crane Song Avocet IIA Quantum D/A Converter and monitored using a Crane Song Remote II. The main monitor speakers are Hedd Type 30 and to check the sound for a ‘real-life’, average consumer speaker experience, a pair of Abacus C-Box 4 is used.

Wiring

All signal paths of the studio have been point-to-point wired using Sonorus cables by high-end company Vovox. The studio is Vovox Purum certified.

Digital processing

For digital processing, a variety of plug-ins is used. The main tools are the DSP cards by Universal Audio (2 x UAD2 Octo), both with almost all licenses. Main audio workstations are Steinberg’s Cubase and Wavelab. Costumers can check the files for the pressing plant thanks to Hofa DDP Player Maker.

AKUSTIK

The acoustics of the Online Mixing studio were planned, measured and calibrated by Fritz Fey of Studioplan.

The control room was built in a dodecagonal shape, has a volume of 300 cubic metres and a size of 100 square metres, which makes it possible to listen to 30Hz without any acoustical interruptions.

The first room modes only occur below that frequency. It’s the largest control room in Europe and, as far as is known, the whole world.

STUDIO CONSTRUCTION

TECHNIK

Digital AudionetworX Extreme Workstation
RME HDSPe AES
2 * UAD-2 Octo

Synology DS418 NAS Server 16TB WD Red

Steinberg Cubase Pro 10
Steinberg Wavelab Pro 9.5
Universal Audio Plug Ins
Acustica Audio Plug Ins
Softube Weiss Plug Ins
Hofa DDP Player Maker

UAD Kompressoren
Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor
API 2500 Bus Compressor
1176 Classic Limiter Collection
LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection
Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection
Neve 33609
Neve 88RS
Empirical Labs EL7 Fatso
LA-3A
VCA VU (dbx 160)
4K (SSL 4000) Compressor
Precision Multiband
Precision Buss Compressor

UAD Equalizer
Manley Massive Passive
Manley Voxbox
SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Collection
API 500 Series EQ Plug-In Collection
Pultec Passive EQ Plug-In Collection
Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ Plug-In Collection
Neve 1081
Neve 31102
Neve 88RS
Trident A-Range
Harrison 32C
Helios Type 69
Cambridge

UAD Special Processing 
Thermionic Culture Vulture
Ampex ATR-102
Studer A800
SPL Transient Designer
Moog Multimode Filter
Little Labs IBP
Precision De-Esser
Precision Enhancer

UAD Mastering 
Precision K-Stereo
Precision Maximizer
Precision Limiter
Precision EQ
Precision Multiband

UAD Reverb
AMS RMX16 Expanded Digital Reverb
EMT® 140 Classic Plate Reverberator
Lexicon® 224 Digital Reverb
EMT® 250 Classic Electronic Reverb
DreamVerb Room Modeler