Is it OK to use the same studio for mixing and mastering?

The short answer is no, however there are some exceptions. You want to do the mastering into a specialized studio, where the monitoring, acoustics and quality of the equipment is outstanding.

However, Fandango Recording provides both services because:

- we have invested into high end analog specialized equipment for mastering, into a mastering monitoring system (Barefoots MM27) and all cables and convertors are mastering grade.

- the mixing/mastering desk was designed with mastering in mind, and, unlike regular mixing studios, where due to console and furniture angles there is too much reflection, out desk is design such manner that reflections are not directed toward the engineer, due to their angle.

- The room acoustics are excellent, as we use 4”, 6”, 9” and 12” broadband absorbers, difusers and bass membranes. In fact, the room response is within +/- 3.5 dB versus the ideal curve established by Bruel&Kjaer, which shows a linear increase of 6 dB when sweep from 20 Hz to 20kHz. Below it is the graph made with FuzzMeassure, using a QTC 40 Earthwork mic going into a clean Millenia preamp. Interesting enough, you will rarely find mastering studios posting their acoustic measurements, and there’s a reason for this, and the main reason - you guess it - they have problems in their room’s acoustics .

- if we do all the project, we always leave a minimum two weeks distance between finishing the mixing and doing the masters, so we can objectively judge the song and improve it afterwards. We never proceed with the mastering after mixing. 

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