Lovely people, I hope you’re doing marvelously well! One topic I frequently receive questions and emails about is mastering, especially how you can craft great masters at home using plugins. So today we’ll try to shine some light on it for you!
I’m excited to sit down with the incredibly talented Gavin Lurssen and Reuben Cohen from Lurssen Mastering. I’ve been blessed to work with Lurssen in the past and in my opinion they are doing some of the finest analogue mastering work out there. Their credit list seems endless and they’ve won five Grammys!
At their studio Lurssen Mastering in Burbank, a vast variety of genres is being mastered every day, from Orchestral to Jazz, Rock, Pop, EDM and HipHop. And they’ve refined their processing chains for each style over many years of trial and error.
Bringing Analogue Expertise & Sound To The Digital Realm:
The IK Multimedia Lurssen Mastering Console
Here’s the amazing part: Lurssen have recently teamed up with IK Multimedia to design the Lurssen Mastering Console Plugin! This plugin was designed to utilize their workflow and provide you with digital mastering chains inspired by analogue chains they use across all genres and styles of music. You are getting access to their wealth of knowledge of the analogue realm and years or experimenting with this sweet sounding and easy to use mastering software.
‘This plugin is inspired based on how we work day in day out using the analogue console in the analogue. It’s a philosophy that inspires the user to utilize our workflow instead of being being lost in all of these different processes and trying to make sense of it all. We find ourselves being consistent with the chains we use for certain genres, and that’s what we built into this as a starting point. You still have to do some work yourself, but we stripped it down to just give you the tools you need, without being confused with massive amount of processors. We want to free you up from some of the decision making process, while still keeping high musical standards up.’
Sounds fantastic right? I just had to go down to their studio and check it out!
Lurssen Mastering Studio Tour & Plugin Demo
In this video, Gavin and Reuben give us a tour of their beautiful studio and share great insights into their mastering process and workflow. You’ll hear the Lurssen Mastering Console plugin in action on a Prog Rock Tack, as well as an EDM song, and learn exactly how to tweak it to achieve the best results – directly from its designers!
The Lurssen Mastering Console can be used as a standalone plugin on your Iphone or tablet, also use it in any DAW. That means you can take you masters to the car, boombox, HIFi system or clubs and make adjustments to your sound in the real world! What an amazing idea!
I have to admit I was very impressed by the performance of this plugin. It preserves the integrity of the music while making it louder, fuller and more impactful. Even if you are not planning on using it as your final mastering stage, it’s a great way to get a quick sweet-sounding master to send to your clients or the label.
Well, check out the video and listen for yourself, I hope you enjoy it! Thanks so much Gavin and Reuben for giving us this studio tour and in-depth explanations and demo of your plugin!
Download the Before and After samples of this video:
Please download the demo of the Lurssen Mastering Console and try it out on your own music.
If you love it, you can pick up the plugin at 10% OFF by using the promo code: ‘SAVE10’.
Feel free to leave a bunch of questions for Gavin and Reuben below and I’ll see if I can get them to answer them!
Have a marvellous time recording and mixing,