Capitol Mastering

 

When I’m not in the shop building compressors I’m cutting lacquers
at the Capitol Records building in Hollywood California.
I offer both vinyl and digital mastering services.

MASTERING EXAMPLES

    

Getting your vinyl taken care of by a dedicated cutting engineer as opposed
to just letting the pressing plant cut your lacquers can mean the difference between
having a great sounding record and having a mediocre sounding record. Having
someone who knows how to get your digital or analog files to vinyl with the knowledge of a veteran
Capitol engineer like Ron McMaster puts your cuts in a league of their own.
Ron has over 30 years experience, has mentored me and shown me the
subtle secrets of cutting only a powerful lathe wizard beholds.

The Neumann VMS 66 I cut on is the same lathe the late, great, Wally Traugott mastered some of the
most seminal records of our time with. He scribed “Wally” or “Wly” in the run out groove along
with the “Mastered at Capitol” stamp. I’ve restored the lathe to its original spec. and condition.
On my cuts you will find the same “Mastered at Capitol” stamp along with my initial “Is”.

Capitol is a division of Universal Music Group and spares no expense when it comes
to materials and equipment. We pay extra for small things like custom packaging and
never hesitate to change out a sapphire cutting head or trash an expensive lacquer if
everything isn’t done perfectly. Our paycheck doesn’t reflect these costs so we can concentrate
on providing the best cut for our customers.

                        

Vinyl is continuing to grow in popularity and I love the diversity of music that I’m exposed to.
I have cut hundreds of titles from some of Universal’s newest and biggest acts like Katy Perry and Halsey,
to historic giants like the Beach Boys and Bob Marley.


Digital Mastering

If you need your mixes mastered for CD or digital distribution, you’re in luck.
In addition to the wide variety of music I listen to and cut every day, I have super sonic hearing
as the result of a freak accident when I was young involving a radioactive Q-Tip.
Be assured you have the best masters even if you can’t hear it, because I can.

I enjoy digital mastering just as much as cutting grooves. My technical and electronics background
give me a deep understanding of signal flow, dynamic range, and audio processing. Before stepping into the
the mastering department I serviced it for many years. I built custom gear for the mastering engineers
including a compressor that was the predecessor to the Magic Death Eye compressor.

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I love making a mix big, loud, and punchy… Or delicate, wide, and airy.
Years of cutting a huge catalog of diverse music, vintage and current,
has influenced my mastering techniques. I always have a specific direction in mind when
hearing a new mix based on the style and production.

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Mastering Examples

These are shortened versions of songs I mastered, both major label and indie releases.
The full versions can be found on iTunes or Spotify.
(Yes, you are hearing the stereo Magic Death Eye compressor on all these songs)

My rates are competitive and can be discounted as a package when having a project digitally mastered and cut to vinyl.
I can provide any type of files including DDP and Mastered for iTunes.
For booking contact Ryan Simpson, the mastering coordinator at Capitol at (323)-871-5004
or email me directly at ian.sefchick@umusic.com


Below is an incomplete list of albums I have cut old and new.

Blue Note

Kurt Elling – Flirting With Twilight
Medeski Martin & Wood – Combustication
Madlib – Shades Of Blue
Dexter Gordon – Go
The Horace Quintet – Songs For My Father
Bobby Hutcherson – Total Eclipse
Bobby Hutcherson – Components
Wayne Shorter – Speak No Evil
John Coltrane – Blue Train

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Eric Dolphy – Out To Lunch
Joe Lovano – Quartets: Live At The Village Vangauard Vol.2
Art Blakey – Free For All
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – Moanin’
Art Blakey Quintet – A Night At Birdland Vol.1
Art Blakey Quintet – A Night At Birdland Vol.2
Cassandra Wilson – New Moon Daughter
Lee Morgan – Search For The New Land
Lee Morgan – Cornbread

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Jimmy Smith – Back At The Chicken Shack
Grant Green – Idle Moments
Grant Green – I Want To Hold Your Hand
Hank Mobley – Soul Station
Hank Mobley – No Room For Squares
McCoy Tyner – The Real McCoy
McCoy Tyner – Expansions
Stanley Turrentine – That’s Where It’s At
Freddie Hubbard – Ready For Freddie
Thelonious Monk – Genius Of Modern Music Vol.1
Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers
Horace Silver Quintet And Trio – Blowin’ The Blues Away
John Scofield – Time On My Hands
Grachan Moncur III – Evolution
Sonny Rollins – Volume 1

Joe Henderson – State Of The Tenor
Joe Henderson – Page One
Jackie McLean – Capuchin Swing
Andrew Hill – Point Of Departure
Tina Brooks – True Blue
The Three Sounds – Out Of This World
Stefon – Harris – Black Action Figure
Robert Glasper – ArtScience
Robert Glasper Covered (Live At Capitol Studios)
Miled Davis – Volume 1
Miled Davis – Volume 2


Notorious B.I.G – Life After Death
Body Count – Body Count
Aretha Franklin – Amazing Grace
Lee Brice – I Don’t Dance
Blake Mills – Heigh Ho
James Bay – Let It Go
Soundtrack – Animal House
Soundtrack – Boogie Nights
Atreyu – So Others May Live
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant
Soundtrack – Beetle Juice
Sound Track – American Gaffiti
Sound Track- American Pie
Anti Flag – American Spring
Sound Track – Beverly Hills Cop
Sound Track – Back To The Future
The B52’s – Live 8-24-79
Black Crows – Shake Your Money Maker
Bear’s Den – Islands
Arcade Fire – Get Right

 

Bryan Adams – Get Up
Ryan Bingham – Mescalito
The Beach Boys – Party!
Avicii – Stories
Soundtrack – Bevis And Butt-Head
Soundtrack – Backbeat
Best Coast – Best Coast 7″
Blue Mitchell – The Thing To Do
The Beach Boys – Sounds Of Summer
Jake Bugg – On My One
The Avalanches – Wildflower
Biffy Clyro – Ellipsis

Broods – Conscious
The Beach Boys – Surfer Girl
Bastille – Wild World
Soundtrack – Bob & Doug Mackenzie
Bishop Briggs – Bishop Briggs
Avanged Sevenfold – The Stage
Bob Marley – No Woman, No Cry 7″
Aerosmith – Pump
Aerosmith – Pemanant Vacation
Aerosmith – Get A Grip
Aerosmith – Done With Mirrors
Bon Jovi – Burning Bridges
Bon Jovi – Blaze Of Glory
Bon Jovi – Destination Anywhere

Blondie – Autoamerican
Blondie – Blondie
Blondie – Eat To The Beat
Blondie – Parallel Lines
Blondie – Plastic Letters
Blondie – The Hunter
Soundtrack – 20th Century Women
The Band – Music From Big Pink
The Band – Stage Fright
The Band – Cahoots
The Band – Rock Of Ages
The Band – Moondog Matinee
The Band – Northern Lights Southern Cross
The Band – Islands

Booker T & The MG’s – Hip Hug Her
Albert King – Born Under A Bad Sign
The Association – Insight Out
The Beau Brummels – Triangle
The B52’s – Summer Of Love Single
Ronnie James Dio – A Tribute
Duran Duran – Rio
Deltron 3030 – Event II
The Dresden Dolls – Yes Virginia No Virginia
Soundtrack – 500 Days Of Summer
Soundtrack – Clueless
Circa Waves – T-Shirt Weather
Circa Waves – Young Chasers
Digital Underground – Sex Packets
Catfish and The Bottlemen – The Balcony
Catfish and The Bottlemen – The Ride

Devo – Freedom Of Choice
The Decemberists – Florasongs
The Decemberists – Crane Wife
Soundtrack – Conan The Barbarian
Soundtrack – Dragon The Bruce Lee Story
De La Soul – De La Soul Is Dead
Chapin Sisters – Today’s Not Yesterday
Cibo Matto – Viva! La Woman
Cibo Matto – Stereo Type A
Dorothy – Rockisdead
Diana Ross – Diana Ross
Death Grips – Bottomless Pit
Death Grips – Interview 2016
Death Grips – Fashion Week

Dio – The Complete Albums 1983-1993
The Cramps – Songs The Lord Taught Us
The Cramps – Bad Music For Bad People
Delain – Lucididty
Disclosure
Drake – Views
Dawes – We’re All Going To Die
Jim Croce
Chemical Brothers – Surrender
Dead Boys – Young Loud And Snotty
Cheap Trick – Woke Up With A Monster
Dictators – Bloodbrothers
Dee Dee King – Standing In The Spotlight
The Distillers – Coral Fang

Charlotte OC – Careless People
Cold War Kids – La Divine
Glenn Campbell – Galveston
Glenn Campbell – Gentle On My Mind
Glenn Campbell – Wichita Lineman
Glenn Campbell – Rhinestone Cowboy
Carla Thomas – Carla
Soundtrack – Friday Night Lights
Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream
Empire Of The Sun – Two Vines
EELS – Daisies Of The Galaxy
EELS – Electro-Shock Blues
EELS – Souljacker
EELS – Shootenanny

Soundtrack – Edward Scissorhands
Electric Prunes – Singles Collection
Elvis Costello – Truth
Elbow – Asleep In The Back
Elliot Smith – Heaven Adores You
Steve Earle – The Hard Way
Steve Earle – Exit O
Flamin’ Groovies
Erykah Badu – But you Caint Use My Phone
Sountrack – Fast Times At Ridgemont High
Eden – I Think You Think Too Much Of Me
Green Day – Demolicious
Hank Williams – The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

 

Gold Fields – Black Sun
Gang Starr – Step In The Arena
Donny Hathaway – Live At The Bitter End
Donny Hathaway – Extention Of A Man
Got A Girl – I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
Gentle Giant – The Power And The Glory
Soundtrack – Goodwill Hunting
Glass Animals – ZABA
Glassjaw – Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence

 

 

Halsey – Badlands
Halsey – Colors 7″
Soundtrack – Grease
Grizfolk – Troublemaker
Grizfolk – Waking Up Giants
Hole – Live Through This
The Hives – Tyrannosaurus Hives
Gin Blossoms – Congratulations I’m Sorry
Gin Blossoms – New Miserable Experience
Soundtrack – Gimme Danger
Grand Funk – We’re An American Band

Ice T – Rhyme Pays
Ice T – Power
Joan Osborne – Relish
Jawbreaker – Save Your Generation
Ike Quebec – Blue & Sentimental
Ike and Tina Turner – Workin’ Together
Janes Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking
Janes Addiction – Ritual De Lo Habitual
Janes Addiction – Kettle Whistle Extracts
Janes Addiction – Live At The Palladium
James Taylor – At Christmas
Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now

Dianne Reeves – I Remember
Raekwon – Fly International Luxurious
Linda Ronstadt – Greatest Hits
Soundtrack – Rushmore
The Relacements – Alex Chilton 10″
The Relacements – Tim
The Relacements – Pleased To Meet Me
The Relacements – Don’t Tell A Soul
The Relacements – All Shook Down
Jim James – East West

Jose James – Love In A Time Of Madness
Kiss – Kiss Symphony
Kiss – Greatest Kiss
Kiss – You Wanted The Best You Got The Best
Kiss – Double Platinum
Kiss – Killers
Kiss – Alive I, II, and III
Kiss – Gene Simmons
Kiss – Paul Stanley
Kiss – Ace Frehley
Kiss – Peter Criss
Kiss – Smashes Thrashes And hits
Kiss – Music From The Elder

Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon
Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
Iggy Pop – The Idiot
Iggy Pop – TV Eye Live
Jimmy Cliff – Best Of
Lakes – Lakes
Kanye West – 808’s & Heartbreak
Ludacris – Back For The First Time
Kid Cudi – The Journy To Mother Moon
Soundtrack – Jackie Brown
Soundtrack – Love and Mercy
Kings Of Convenience – Quiet Is The New Loud
Little Feat – Feats Don’t Fail Me Now
Little Feat – The Last Record Album
Kandace Springs – Soul Eyes
Kris Kristofferson – The Austin Sessions

Charles Kelly – Live From Capitol Studios
Lemaitre – Afterglow
Lou Reed – Live
Lalo Schrifrin
Katy Perry – Chained To The Rhythm Single
Liz Phair – Whitechocolatespaceegg
Liz Phair – Whip-Smart
Liz Phair – Liz Phair
The Knack – Get The Knack
Love – Love
N.E.R.D – In Search Of

Red House Painters – Songs For A Blue Guitar
The Ramones – Ramonesmania
Ratt –  Invasion Of Your Privacy
Radical Face – The Family Tree: The Leaves
Radical Face – The Bastards
Run River North – Drinking From A Salt Pond
Rufus Wainwright – Rufus Wainwright
Rufus Wainwright – Poses
The Roots – Illadelph Halflife
Rise Against – The Sufferer & The Witness
Allen Stone – Radius

 

 

Mott The Hoople – Complete Atlantic Studio Albums
Mini Mansions – The Great Pretenders
Bob Marley – Catch A Fire
Bob Marley – Burnin’
Bob Marley – Natty Dread
Bob Marley – Live!
Bob Marley – Rastaman Vibration
Bob Marley – Exodus
Bob Marley – Babylon By Bus
Bob Marley – Kaya
Bob Marley – Survival
Bob Marley – Uprising
Bob Marley – Confrontation
Bob Marley – Interviews
Soundtrack – Mall Rats
Nada Surf – Nada Surf

McCombs Skiffle Players – Skiffle
Ashley Monroe – The Blade
Megadeth – The Threat Is Real
Megadeth – Dystopia
Neville Brothers – Yellow Moon
Neville Brothers – Wild Tchoupitoulas
Neville Brothers – Fiyo On The Bayo
10,000 Maniacs – In My Tribe
10,000 Maniacs – Our Time In Eden
Missy Elliot – Supa Dupa Fly
MC5 – High Time
Maroon 5 – It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane
Maroon 5 – Overexposed
Maroon 5 – Hands All Over

Lana Del Rey – Ultra Violence
The Monkees – The Complete Albums Box Set
Madonna – Bedtime Stories
Neil Diamond – Christmas
Nels Cline – In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
Maggie Rodgers – Now That The Light Is Fading
Milky Chance – Blossom
Nickelback – Silver Side Up
Nickelback – The Long Road
Nickelback – All The Right Reasons
Muse – Showbiz
Muse – Origin Of Symmetry
Soundtrack – Pitch Perfect

Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
The Pogues – Roses
The Pogues – Poguetry In Motion
The Pogues – Peace & Love
The Pogues – Hell’s Ditch
The Pogues – If I should Fall From Grace With God
Prides – Higher Love
Pantera – Cowboys From Hell
Pantera – Vulgar Display Of Power
Pantera – Far Beyond Driven
Pantera – The Great Southern Trandkill
Pantera – Reinventing The Steel
Pantera – Hits

Of Monsters And Men – Beneath The Skin
Of Monsters And Men – My Head Is An Animal
P.O.D – The Awakening
Soundtrack – Pretty Woman
Otis Redding – Dictionary Of Soul
Otis Redding  & Carla Thomas
Otis Redding – The Soul Albums
Otis Redding – Sings Soul Ballads
Post Malone – Stoney
Perfume Genius – Perfume Genius
Peter Paul & Mary – Best Of
REM – Singles Box Set
Redman – Whut?! Thee Album
Redman – Muddy Waters
Ramones – Moz Curated Vinyl Black Friday 2014
Ramones – Meltdown with The Ramones

Frank Sinatra – Sinatra And Swingin’ Brass
Frank Sinatra – In The Wee Small Hours
Frank Sinatra – Come Fly With Me!
Frank Sinatra – This Is Sinatra
Frank Sinatra – Jolly Christmas
Frank Sinatra – Moonlight Sinatra
Syd Arthur – Sound Mirror
Sound Garden – Superunknown (Singles RSD Box)
The Stooges – The Stooges
The Stooges – Have Some Fun

 

 

The Saints – Eternally Yours
Rod Stewart – Another Country
Soundtrack – Scrooged
Spice Girls – Wannabe
Scorpions – Blackout
Scorpions – Love At First Sting
Sam Smith – In The Lonley Hour
Sam Smith – Writings On The Wall
Troy Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood
Seinabo Sey – Pretend
Soundtrack – Scarface

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Sia – Colour The Small One
Sam Rivers – Fuchsia Swing Song
Shania Twain – Come On Over
Shania Twain – The Woman In Me
Slaves – Take Control
Sam & Dave – Double Dynamite
T La Rock & Jazzy Jay – It’s Yours
Tove Lo – Truth Serum
Patrick Watson – Love Songs For Robots
Patrick Watson – Close To Paradise
Patrick Watson – Just Another Ordinary Day
Patrick Watson – Wooden Arms

Vintage Trouble – 1 Hopeful Rd.
The Dream – Crown Jewel
The Refreshments – Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy
Soundtrack – To Live And Die In L.A.
Tori Kelly – Unbreakable Smile
Brian Wilson – Brian Wilson
Soundtrack – Weird Science
Soundtrack – Waynes World
Soundtrack – Willy Wonka
Van Morrison – Common One
Van Morrison – Beautiful Vision
Van Morrison – Inarticulate
Van Morrison – Into The Music

Talk Talk – Myrrhman
Richard and Linda Thompson – Shoot Out The Lights Tour
Soundtrack – The Wiz
The Wallflowers –  Bringing Down the House
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
30 Seconds To Mars – 30 Seconds To Mars
30 Seconds To Mars – A Beautiful Lie
Wicked – Original Cast Recording
Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry
Virelles, David – Antenna
Soundtrack – Urban Cowboy
Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing
Tim Buckley – Love
Vanilla Fudge – Vanilla Fudge
Trombone Shorty – Parking Lot Symphony
Young Rascals – Groovin’
The Zodiac – Cosmic Sounds