Hook - Hook mastering
Hook is a punkrock collective from Lille, France.
After mastering their first demo they asked me to master their first album.
Hook - Hook
by Marlon Wolterink
The album has 15 tracks which were recorded in Leipzig, already sounded pretty good. Good vibe, good energy.
The sound of every song was about the same.
My task was to enhance the energy and add some fullness to the overall sound.
I noticed while listening to the tracks, that there was some ringing in the cymbals.
This is often happening with cheaper cymbals, close mic'd cymbals or cheaper microphones who have a sort of spikey frequency response.
I can't say if that was the case here, but it was something which needed attention.
I opted for using an dynamic eq in notch behaviour instead of automated frequency, eq-ing.
This is a very small band of eq applied which is ideal to reduce or remove certain frequencies.
The tool used here was the BX_dyneq v2. You set a threshold which triggers the notch after an x-amount of gain on that band has been reached. It also features a max gain setting which allows you to restrict the amount of gain reducing or boosting. Very useful if you want to keep things natural.