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FX expands into mastering services

Described as a ‘natural extension’ to the FX Copyroom business, FX Mastering has already undertaken a raft of prestigious projects, including a forthcoming 5.1 version of The Who's 1974 classic, Quadrophenia.

Described as a ‘natural extension’ to the FX Copyroom audio duplication, transfer, mixing and restoration business, FX Mastering allows clients to choose their degree of direct involvement with the audio process – from straightforward website-uploads to attended sessions, writes David Davies.

Based around the Pyramix V.7 Mastering Workstation, the FX Mastering suite is equipped with Prism XR digital convertors, a TC Electronics M6000, and a selection of Maselec, Manley, SSL and Cranesong analogue processors. An ATR 102 & 104 and Studer A80 handle reel to reel tapes, while Avid Pro Tools, Logic Audio, Sony PCM1630, PCMF1 and PCM7030, and Alesis Masterlink are available for digital playback. PMC IB1S-As are provided for monitoring.

Designed to satisfy the requirements of professional performers, engineers and producers, as well as hobbyists, FX Mastering offers a number of service and price options, starting from £40 for single tracks (£250 per album) and attended sessions from £40 per hour. For full details, please consult the FX Mastering website (link below).

FX Group chairman Roger Evan tells PSNE: “We’ve been operating since March this year and been kept busy with some fantastic projects. Among the highlights were being able to work with Bob Pridden remixing [The Who’s] Quadrophenia in 5.1 (plus stereo downmix), which is due for release shortly through Polydor Records. We’ve also completed SACD releases for Universal Japan, including albums from The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Elton John and Thin Lizzy.

“Launching our mastering service is a natural step for FX, having had 10 years’ experience transferring and restoring music from a wide range of tape formats in our copyrooms. […] By using and sharing existing resources within the FX Group, FX Mastering is able to provide a premium service and remain competitive in the market.”