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Blais Mastering

Blais Mastering Professional Mastering services with accessible indie rates tailored for artists on a budget. PM, Em

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I can remember years ago, surrendering precious recordings that I spent eternities on, to some of the worlds top Masteri...
08/30/2022

I can remember years ago, surrendering precious recordings that I spent eternities on, to some of the worlds top Mastering Engineers only to end up with a pit in my gut, feeling the dread that id just never get the sound I was looking for. If they couldn’t get me there, who could? That led me down the path—the search for the sound at any cost. It took years to get there; endless trials and errors, shootouts with gear and slowly accumulating my arsenal of carefully chosen weapons. 

It’s beyond gratifying to remember this journey and getting to help and witness others find that satisfaction you’ve spent your life chasing the hard way. Being at a point where you can master one single for a group of artists and have them come back wanting you to fully produce their next project is a joy the sixteen-year-old me would’ve never seen coming. Cheers to gratitude and progression 🥂

Mastering this track just now when I noticed something wasn’t quite right in the top end. I threw an analyzer on it and ...
01/05/2022

Mastering this track just now when I noticed something wasn’t quite right in the top end. I threw an analyzer on it and to my surprise found an ultra-sonic tone, invisible to the human ear, throughout the entire track! Makes no sense since every individual component has edits—must have happened at the mix-down stage. What on earth could it be other than aliens!? Ohwell, its useless information and shall be filtered out. Hire me because I hear the impossible
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Often times perfect pitch correction just sounds worse. For the absolute best sound in a track, every syllable must be c...
11/29/2020

Often times perfect pitch correction just sounds worse. For the absolute best sound in a track, every syllable must be carefully analyzed and considered—in unison with not only the harmonizing vocals, but the mix in its entirety. Real instrument performances are never 100% in tune, even if the instrument itself is; so all vocal phrases should be auditioned and manually adjusted in real-time on a micro-tonal scale until the section in process sings to your soul. ⁣

The advent of summer means summer jams. Congrats to Teal Child on his latest House single “Over the Rainbow” which I had...
05/29/2020
Over the Rainbow by Teal Child

The advent of summer means summer jams. Congrats to Teal Child on his latest House single “Over the Rainbow” which I had the pleasure of finalizing. Bump this in the car because she bangs!

Song · 5:45 · 2020

Blais Mastering is elated to welcome the Lynx Hilo Reference A/D D/A converter system to the array of no compromise, hig...
04/14/2020

Blais Mastering is elated to welcome the Lynx Hilo Reference A/D D/A converter system to the array of no compromise, highest-quality Mastering equipment; in black, via Thunderbolt 3. ‘Chef’s Kiss’ 😙👌

And so god said “let their be art” and saw that it was good, and so it was. -Genesis 1:3
03/15/2020

And so god said “let their be art” and saw that it was good, and so it was.

-Genesis 1:3

12/15/2019

Restoration and tempo syncing for an Electro House artist today. Blais Mastering has all your audio needs covered 🤘🏻

“Heartbreak, Repeat” by John Hughes Radio officially out today! Produced & Mixed by John Hughes Radio at Bam On The Cage...
12/05/2019
‎Heartbreak, Repeat by John Hughes Radio

“Heartbreak, Repeat” by John Hughes Radio officially out today! Produced & Mixed by John Hughes Radio at Bam On The Cage Media and Mastered by yours truly. This was a fun one that got me moving with some seriously infectious hooks you probably shouldn’t miss. Congrats to Sean and the rest of the band!

‎Album · 2019 · 12 Songs

Secondary monitor mounted. Will be 🖐y for 🤚ling my metering and analyzers. See how I 🖐led that? Now booking for 2020. DM...
12/03/2019

Secondary monitor mounted. Will be 🖐y for 🤚ling my metering and analyzers. See how I 🖐led that? Now booking for 2020. DM for quotes on singles, EP’s and full-lengths. 🖐s down best deals around.

Congrats to Spillers on their big Halloween release today! Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Blais Mastering. “Brush It Off”...
10/31/2019

Congrats to Spillers on their big Halloween release today! Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Blais Mastering. “Brush It Off” can now be streamed on every major platform and purchased on Bandcamp

Awhile back I paid one of the worlds top—and grammy award winning—mastering engineers to master an album of mine. For th...
09/19/2019

Awhile back I paid one of the worlds top—and grammy award winning—mastering engineers to master an album of mine. For the hell of it I decided to run the high-res deliverables through the Apple Digital Masters analysis that I now use for my clients; and on the first track, to my surprise, I found loads of clipped samples and inter-sample peaks! I specially asked for Mastered For iTunes files, tsk-tsk!

Congrats to these dudes on their Friday the 13th release! Blais Mastering was happy to put the final polish on these fun...
09/14/2019
‎Round 3 by Altered Gee

Congrats to these dudes on their Friday the 13th release! Blais Mastering was happy to put the final polish on these funk gems.

“We worked very hard this year to create this knock down drag out brawl in the ring of Funk. Laying in the corner with deep cuts, high vibes and low lows. All equipped to make you bounce like a speed bag so bob and weave down to your fav streaming platform and give it a ring!!!” - Altered Gee

‎Album · 2019 · 6 Songs

As of yesterday Blais Mastering has been officially authorized as an Apple Digital Masters provider! (formerly known as ...
08/21/2019

As of yesterday Blais Mastering has been officially authorized as an Apple Digital Masters provider! (formerly known as Mastered For iTunes or MFiT) — This means that any record label or artist utilizing my services can ensure the best possible transfer of their work to Apple Music and iTunes; and will qualify to have their music listed under the Apple Digital Masters section, embellished with the official merit badge. Sacrifice nothing when it comes to your sound

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08/01/2019

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Blais Mastering is happy to have the NSEQ-FF back from servicing. There was an XLR wiring issue causing an intermittent ...
07/29/2019

Blais Mastering is happy to have the NSEQ-FF back from servicing. There was an XLR wiring issue causing an intermittent noise floor variation from -114db up to -74db. Most people wouldn’t hear this and some would consider it acceptable; but with high-end monitoring, an acoustically treated listening environment and sharp ears I picked up on it and refused to allow it into my signal path.

Not fooling anybody kid
06/14/2019

Not fooling anybody kid

I have devised a new way of storing recall settings for Eksa by using Photoshop to paint transparent red dots onto a tem...
06/02/2019

I have devised a new way of storing recall settings for Eksa by using Photoshop to paint transparent red dots onto a template and saving it to the clients project folder. What an overachiever. Beats logging settings with a pen an paper!

05/10/2019

Here’s an example of how surgical equalization can unmask a distorted electric guitar. To the untrained, these resonances can pass through and end up clouding up a mix or making guitars sound harsh and hissy. The video shows the before and after as well as what eq moves were implemented to repair the sound. Might need headphones for this one as Facebooks audio compression destroys the details. Check out on Instagram for better quality 🤙🏻

My li’l work buddy today
05/01/2019

My li’l work buddy today

I am a PC guy; but I have a Mac whos sole existence is to check masters for clipped samples and inter-sample peaks once ...
04/27/2019

I am a PC guy; but I have a Mac whos sole existence is to check masters for clipped samples and inter-sample peaks once encoded to Apples AAC format. Seems like a waste of a computer but thats what you get with Apple who refuses to play nice and share software. Snobs

Blais Mastering is proud to introduce the special and custom Knif Eksa to the lineup of analog "outbox" gear. This thing...
04/10/2019

Blais Mastering is proud to introduce the special and custom Knif Eksa to the lineup of analog "outbox" gear. This thing is a beast; complete with a filter section, 5 bands-per-channel and M/S circuitry. Pristine and precise; hence the name Eksa derived from “exact”

When people ask me what mastering is..
03/18/2019

When people ask me what mastering is..

Timeline photos
02/09/2019

Timeline photos

02/07/2019

Jon Theodores snare drum on 2003's De-Loused in the Comatorium, Mars Volta album needed approximately 4 decibels of weight around 220hz. Way to go Rick Rubin, you blew it on one of the top 3 best rock albums of human history

02/03/2019

The Baxandall EQ and compressor from Dangerous Music is not only a winning combination for mastering applications; but also the drums buss too! Not like you’ll be able to tell through Facebooks audio compression algorithm from 1968 🙄

Perhaps the ONLY pitfall of analog processing in the  chain: logging settings for the project folder in case of recall.
01/25/2019

Perhaps the ONLY pitfall of analog processing in the chain: logging settings for the project folder in case of recall.

01/14/2019

Being a good mastering engineer means performing critical listening tests between different sample-rate and bit-depth conversion algorithms when downsampling from High Resolution audio to delivery formats. Nothing less than the best is acceptable at the final stage of Music Production.

01/12/2019

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