Mastering

We have spent the last 10 years analysing and processing sound and have since developed our own unique approach on mastering which is what Vanguard Mastering is all about.

We take great care in acknowledging your mix and retaining its natural dynamics, so your recordings won’t get squashed or remixed. Instead, our aim is to make your music loud enough to be at optimum level on any speaker system, yet without creating audible compression artefacts.

We adjust the frequency balance of your mix so that your music sounds transparent, yet fat and tight as glue. We can remove the mud and add crispy treble, while smoothing out any digital grit with analogue warmth.

Our purpose-built speakers and custom-built listening room is an acoustically treated museum filled with yesterdays hardware and todays software; so you can be assured that your music will sound at its best on every speaker system regardless of speaker type, location or cost.

Vanguard Mastering will:

  • raise and match the overall level of your tracks
  • even out song levels and adjust average dynamics
  • limit peaks to maximize volume without creating digital clipping
  • equalise and match individual tracks for cohesion
  • correct minor mix deficiencies with equalisation
  • enhance flow by changing the space between tracks
  • eliminate noises between tracks and edit start and end point sample accurately
  • add accurately fine-tuned fade in and fade out
  • make your music sound warm and smooth by using vintage tape and tube processing equipment
  • add ISRC codes and EAN/UPC bar codes
  • add CD-Text information (Artist, Title and Track Names that can be displayed by CD players)

Restoration

“But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?”

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“But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?”

iTunes

“But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?”

Engineers

Benni Krueger

Chief Mastering Engineer

“But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?”

Lorenzo Buhne

Mastering Engineer

“But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?”

Jomar Krueger

Mastering Engineer

“But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?”

Oskar Krueger

Mastering Engineer

“But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?”

Studio

 

Blurs the boundaries between art and science…

Speakers
Headphones
Hardware
Software

Discography

Year
Artist
Title
Release
Release by
Mastered by
2013 Cynthia Diaz Las Americas Album Pacific Records Benni Krueger
2012 Monkey Records Gypsy Fever Compilation Album Monkey Records Benni Krueger
2012 Niko Ne Zna Renegade Brass Bandits Album Monkey Records Benni Krueger
2012 Mashtown County One Year At The Hawthorn Album Tasman Records Benni Krueger
2012 Sendam Rawkustra Greatest Hits! Whos Mad? Album Tasman Records Benni Krueger
2012 S.A. Reyners Just Whatever Single Tasman Records Benni Krueger
2012 Sendam Orchestra Newtown Club Hall Concert Demo Benni Krueger
2012 Bloom Behemoth EP Tasman Records Benni Krueger
2012 The Troubles Live at the Tin Hut Demo Video Benni Krueger
2012 Bryce International Airways Into The Wind Album Tasman Records Benni Krueger
2012 Wellington Batucada Sevens Rugby Games Demo Tasman Records Benni Krueger
2012 Colin Hodson Rider Short Film Benni Krueger
2012 Ocular Treats Maul Short Film Ocular Treats Benni Krueger
2012 La Dolce Vita Exstasis Demo Benni Krueger
2012 Tender Wire Wired Demo Benni Krueger
2012 Tequila Sunset Aint She Sweet Demo Benni Krueger
2012 Daniel Boobyer Time Killed The Clock Album Tasman Records Benni Krueger
2012 The Firefly Orchestra Matariki Album Tasman Records Benni Krueger
2011 The Firefly Collaboration Project Wellesley Church Concert Demo Benni Krueger
2011 Big River Chain Gold Digger EP Tasman Records Benni Krueger
2011 NZ Human Rights Commission Youth to Work Strategy Audio Resource Benni Krueger
2011 The Troubles The Troubles Debut Album Album Rattle Records Benni Krueger
2011 CluedUp Events Team Drum Demo Benni Krueger
2011 The Beatsquad Rugby World Cup Anthem Single Tasman Records Benni Krueger
2011 Balkan Brass Explosion EP1 EP Tasman Records Benni Krueger
2011 Jump St So much to give EP Tasman Records Benni Krueger
2011 Justin Firefly Clark To Serve the Waves Album Tasman Records Benni Krueger
2011 The Pattern Theory Debut Album Album Valeot Records Benni Krueger
2010 Nazareh Pereira Fado Festival Demo Benni Krueger
2010 Barbara Hill Floete und Cello Demo Benni Krueger
2010 Ex Oriente Lux Nikodemus Church Concert Demo Benni Krueger
2010 Ex Oriente Lux HollŠndisches Viertel Concert Demo Benni Krueger
2009 Niko Ne Zna Debut EP EP Monkey Records Benni Krueger
2008 Serenata a Tre Adam Concert Hall Concert Demo Benni Krueger

FAQ

“But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?”

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