Boutique Hollywood mastering facility Marsh Mastering has recently undertaken a series of quadrophonic remastering projects for the likes of Alice Cooper, Judy Collins, Sly and the Family Stone and others.
Studio owner Stephen Marsh has been remastering the original quadrophonic tapes and transforming them into high resolution multichannel mixes in SACD Surround Sound.
Marsh has also been remastering original two-channel stereo mixes and transforming those into SACD Stereo and CD Stereo. The mastering suite features Bryston-powered PMC IB1S main monitors and OB1 surrounds and also has a PMC CB6 centre speaker, which is added as and when it is needed.
“With these old tapes, it’s like listening through a time machine so it is vital that I can hear every nuance of the original sound,” said Marsh.
“The PMC monitors have proved invaluable because they allow me to understand exactly what I'm hearing and I can therefore make quick, effective decisions that are both musically appropriate and technically sound.”
Marsh’s Re-issue credits include albums by Bob Dylan, James Taylor, America, Yes, Nat King Cole, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Crosby Stills & Nash, Heart, Bad Company, Dio, Bread, Phil Collins, Janis Joplin, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Earth Wind & Fire, Joe Walsh and Donny Hathaway.
He is also a first-call engineer for film, television and game composers, having mastered scores with the likes of Alexandre Desplat (Argo), Mychael & Jeff Danna (Storks, Life of Pi), John Powell (Rio), Dan Romer (Beasts of No Nation), amongst many others.
Alongside PMC monitoring, Marsh Mastering’s technical facilities include a purpose-built hybrid tube/discrete console, which was developed in-house with Steve Firlotte of Inward Connections and features custom and modified processing from EAR, GML, Maselec, TK Audio, SPL, Elysia and Inward Connections.
“We've taken a fanatical approach to signal flow integrity and the results speak for themselves,” added Marsh. “The console is capable of operating in both Left/Right and Mid/Side configurations simultaneously, while our console tubes are hand-selected Telefunkens and our elliptical and M/S networks are one-of-a-kind designs from Steve."