Mastering Gold In The Heart of Hollywood
masters, exceptional customer service and superlative sound
Marsh Mastering is a unique, purpose-built mastering boutique located
in the heart of Hollywood, CA. The studio is known worldwide for
an exceptional customized processing chain, accurate clocking and
conversion, and a finely tuned critical listening environment.
Owner and chief engineer Stephen Marsh, alongside fellow mastering
engineers Stephanie Villa and Fernando Lee, provides experience,
talent, and musical passion, while offering custom-tailored masters,
exceptional customer service and superlative sound. http://www.marshmastering.comThey
provide custom services with Stephs trademark customer service
and the superlative sound for which his name is synonymous.
Slide Slim" marks the fourth James Taylor album remastered
by Audio Fidelity at Marsh Mastering. Other limited edition titles
already available are "Sweet Baby James" (1970), "One
Man Dog" (1972), and "Walking Man" (1974).
leader in audiophile remastering of classic rock and pop, has completed
James Taylor's "Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon" at
Marsh Mastering in Hollywood. Working from the original 1971 analog
master tapes, Audio Fidelity engineer Steve Hoffman joined mastering
engineer Stephen Marsh for the critical remastering sessions in
preparation for a limited edition of 5,000 numbered 24K Gold CDs."We
are tryingto create today's definitive version of the record,"
explained mastering engineer Stephen Marsh, "to get as close
as you could possibly get to the master tape and honestly capture
the artist's original vision, using modern technology to present
the music in an unadulterated fashion."
"Our goal at Audio Fidelity is to deliver the optimum remastered
Compact Disc from an analog recording that was done a long time
ago," said Steve Hoffman, who has tens of thousands followers
in his online audiophile forums. "We are maintaining all of
the integrity of the original sound, while creating a recording
that sounds exceptional on good listening systems.
very delicate process," added Steve Hoffman. "In some
cases we have to carefully dehydrate or 'bake' the analog tapes
that are unplayable otherwise." Stephen Marsh adds, "Every
particle of oxide that falls off is part of a song that you will
never hear again."
all the James Taylor analog master tapes have been in fantastic
shape," says Hoffman, "well stored by the archival folks
at Warner Bros. Audio Fidelity is in contact with James Taylor before
these reissues and he is very pleased with our work. That's the
ultimate compliment -- if he's happy, we are happy."
Watch a 3-minute
video of the "Mud
Slide Slim" James Taylor session
Slim and the Blue Horizon" will be available as an Audio Fidelity
24K Gold CD in Spring 2012.
engineer Stephen Marsh and Audio Fidelity engineer Steve Hoffman
at Marsh Mastering in Hollywood Photo by David Goggin.
A native of
New York, Stephen Marsh came west at 19 to take a job at the Sony
West Coast Mastering room working under David Mitson. With Grammy®
nominees and winners, multiple gold and platinum albums and numerous
chart successes among the thousands of releases to his credit, Stephen's
credits include: Los Lobos, Ben Harper, Megadeth, Kenny Loggins,
Jars Of Clay, The Donnas, Pharcyde, Incubus, Ginuwine, and Keb Mo's
2004 Grammy winner Keep It Simple. His Soundtrack/Score credits
include Bored To Death, the Sex And The City films, The Elf, The
Notebook, The Hangover films, Friday The 13th, A Nightmare On Elm
Street and the Golden Globe nominated score for Sideways with composer
the independent nature of modern music production. With flexibilities
in both scheduling and pricing, Marsh Mastering is able to accommodate
your needs when, how and as required," Marsh says of his work
that includes diverse cross section of major and independent artists
from across the globe.
purpose-built hybrid tube/discrete console was developed in-house
with Steve Firlotte of Inward Connections and features custom and
modified processing from EAR, GML, Maselec, and Inward Connections.
High-resolution digital processing is by Weiss and Waves, while
the console operates in both Left/Right and Mid/Side configurations
simultaneously. Console tubes are hand-selected Telefunkens; our
elliptical and M/S networks are one-of-a-kind designs from Steve.
also features a selection of the finest Apogee, Burl and Prism Sound
clocking and conversion available and proprietary wiring feeding
a custom monitor chain with Bryston-powered PMC mains and KRK mid-fields.
"Our system complement includes a Prism Sound interfaced HD-Accel
Pro Tools system for digital file playback and a Sonic Studio Soundblade
mastering platform with full No-Noise and DDP facilities,"
says Marsh. In addition, a restored ATR-104 with Flux Magnetics
Extended Response heads in multiple configurations is available
for analog playback, as are all standard digital formats. Transformer
isolated, balanced power distribution is employed throughout the
Contact: Stephen Marsh
web site: http://www.marshmastering.com/