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Mastering Testimonials

"Wow! Man, that has some serious warmth in the low end... I'm just looking at the waveform and I can't believe how dynamic it is, whilst still being really loud and fat!... I must say I have never heard such an improvement on my own masters... At the very least I'd like to ensure that all my tracks get mastered by you... Easily the best mastering job i've ever heard ♥"

Steve Young (aka Hedflux, Broken Robot Records artist)
 

"I'm VERY happy with the results! You have a way of tightening the low end with a very characteristic and organic way that never feels too harsh or forced. They end up with a overall silky feeling that is very addictive and warm. I think the listeners will be very happy too! Thanks again! :)"

Dan Flict (aka Escape Into)
 

"...amazing talents and ability..."

Tim Healey (Surfer Rosa Records)
 

"Mastering is perfection, I feel like Colin OOOD should master every single release ever. Just striking sound separation and dynamics..."

Penzoline reviewing Portamento - "The Portal" (Cronomi Records/Review here)
 

"PHAT!...  I dont think I know anyone who gets the bass as nice as you do... Thank you for everything, I will definitely go for your mastering again in the future." 

Upavas Hauf (independant artist)
 

"Highly recommended! Colin is detail-oriented and certainly knows his stuff." 

Alexander (aka Basilisk, www.ektoplazm.com)
 

"I'm so glad to have mastered my remix album with Colin, I just love it, the best mastering I heard ever untill now. Thanks for such incredible work with my music."

Lupin (Spiral Trax album compiler and artist)
 

"...brilliant mastering."

Mushroom Magazine review of Cronomi Records: V/A - 'Erta Ale'
 

"Your master of our track Caught In The Zipper was great, how much would you charge to remaster all Slinky Wizard's back catalog?"

George Barker (Slinky Wizard/Flying Rhino Records)
 

"A very solid job... you still are the best for Goa i know"

Ward Vandepitte (Cronomi Records co-manager)
 

"I cannot recommend Colin enough. Being new to having material mastered he guided me through the whole journey of having my album done. The fact that there was a dialogue rather than just sending tracks off and getting them back was amazing! Giving me the chance to alter tracks I wasn't happy with (due to my premasters). His knowledge is as good as his end results. If you are looking for the final magic touch to be put on your tracks, then you have just found the man to do it."

Matthew Crick (aka Sephira)
 

"[Colin] knows his stuff inside & out, upside down, & sideways...." 

Michael Martin (aka Indidginus)
 

"Your master of our track was much better than Xxxx's version... like our original mix but enhanced, rather than just made as loud as possible" 

Felix Alexander (aka Neuroplasm)
 

"[The] mastering of the album is actually excellent, with a clear and crisp sound that feels very comfortable on the ears."

RTP reviewing Etnoscope - "Way Over Deadline" (Review here/FREE album download here)
 

"Thanxx for brilliant mastering on the Etnoscope Album...very good work, and its work like this that seperates the pros from the rest....big thxx... Have to tell you again, how exelent your mastering is on the Etnoscope album....i never thought that the Raz old Renoise tracks could sound so clean and neat as they do now, amazing work, and a inspiration to us all..!" 

Liam Dorff (Panzar Productions)
 

"Hey Colin, checked it out on a few decent sets of speakers today and i'm very happy with the job you've done! the low end and general mix is super tight!... you are certainly worth every penny and should i ever need mastering again i know exactly who to come to!... your mastering is the absolute tits!!" 

Will Railton (aka Bad Tango)
 

"Your mastering work is simply outstanding!! I absolutely love it. Thanks a lot for vastly improving the sound of these tracks." 

E.M. (private collector)
 

"Holy FUCK it sounds amazing!! Serious difference! Woohoo! One of my favourite tracks - so glad to have it in such good condition now...Love the work you did and will happily forward info about your services. No other comments - seriously amazing. I will be digging through my collection to see what needs some tweaking!" 

DJ Solitare (DAT Records label DJ)
 

"Colin has done a top job mastering the new Liquid Records techno EP, can highly recommend his work."

Tom Williams (aka Tom Lurk, Liquid Records label DJ)
 

"I have to agree with the testimonials - especially Steve Youngs, in particular "I can't believe how dynamic it is, whilst still being really loud and fat!" Exactly what I was thinking after a few of my own tracks recently received the Stooodio Mastering treatment."

James Morgan (aka OLMEC, Broken Records artist)
 

"One of my dearest and most helpful tutors in the whole world :)"

Patricio Tron (aka Tron, Spun Records/Liquid Records artist)
 

"I love what you did with my Bibbulmun album and will be back early next year with a new batch of muddy masters :-)"

Michael Shanahan (aka miXile)
 

"Working with the Stooodio has been a most gratifying and wonderful experience. This is top-notch production that is to be trusted by all audiophiles around. Colin Bennun has a truly unique ear for all sounds possible. He has gone the distance, covering my needs as an artist, as well as meeting the deadlines when necessary... Thank you for all your hard work, it has not gone unnoticed... I look forward to more in the future!"

Waater Maark (Triplag Records label DJ and CD compiler)
 

"Sounds awesome, Collin has done absolutely banging job :) So happy! ... Why are you such a bad man? You have actually made it sound too good! What the hell have you done!! ... I've been hating the production on that track, but somehow you have managed to redeem it!"

Richard Carrigan (aka Mouldy Soul, Broken Records/Colony Productions artist)



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