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Author - Benedict Roff-Marsh

Benedict Roff-Marsh, contributor at Higher Hz

Benedict is a Mix Engineer, Record Producer and Composer with over 30+ years’ experience, 100+ albums and awards for film (and game) scores.

I grew up in a music al house. My Father (Guild Hall London, Cathedral Organist, Choirmaster Harpsichord) was playing Bach, Scarlatti, Palestrina, Handel, Mahler on his valve Hi-Fi, harpsichords and clavichords he built for sale. Whilst I was trying to listen to Deep Purple & Duran Duran with those terrible orange foam headphones we all had in the 80’s. All that music soaked in.

I left school wanting to be a Record Producer, like Alan Parsons. I trained for a while in a small commercial recording studio making jingles for regional AM Radio station. Not as sexy as the people I knew in Indie band studios, but I learned the value of working quickly, finishing & publishing.

I trained myself with synths seeing I noticed others in the studio were afraid of them. It was only a matter of time before I started writing my own material to give purpose to my activity. A couple of years and cassette releases later I had calls from several Indie record labels (with distribution to Majors).

VST became the thing and it wasn’t long before I was making my own VST synths & effects. For some years I ran my own line called SynthStudio Pack which became reasonably well known.

Mostly these days I focus on Mixing and Artist Development. I have a very strong belief in getting the basics right as no building stands well on poor foundations.

difference between mixing vs mastering

The difference between mixing vs. mastering and how to master properly

Mastering has become this strange sort of urban legend, like alligators talking with aliens in the subway, whilst Ozzy Osborne kisses Gene Simmons under the Ferris wheel in “The Lost Boys”. It just isn’t that way.

In the 90’s I saw the rise of the idea that mastering was some sort of black magic. Suddenly with YouTube everyone is showing how it is done and much of it is crazier than an Alice Cooper show.

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