- 16 Apr 01
COLM O’HARE talks to TIM MARTIN, one of Ireland’s leading recording producer/engineers. Trend Studios
UNTIL RELATIVELY recently, recording engineers and producers were forced to go abroad to avail of high quality audio post-production and mastering facilities. Now, thanks to the comprehensive service provided by Trend Studios, this is no longer necessary. With their acclaimed Sonic Solutions digital editing and mastering system, Trend can now offer a complete mastering and post-production facility right here in Ireland. They are also, significantly, the only such operation in this country who provide a total manufacturing and packaging service.
Tim Martin is a studio engineer/producer with over fourteen years experience in the business. Among the dozens of bands and artists he has worked with over the years are: The Waterboys, Clannad, The Dubliners, Aslan, The Frames, Thin Lizzy, Paul Brady, My Little Funhouse and Schtum. He was also involved on the soundtrack of The Commitments and one of his most recent projects was mixing Something Happens’ critically acclaimed Planet Fabulous album, which was mastered at Trend. “That was a great album to work on,” he says. “We spent quite a while in Trend getting it right and everyone was pleased with the final result. It’s a good ballsy record, though to be fair, Chris O’Brien did all the production work before I was asked to mix it.”
Mastering (or pre-mastering as it is more accurately defined) is the crucial last stage in the recording process. Following the final mixing in the recording studio, the care and attention that is given to the master tape at this point will ultimately determine how the CD or cassette will sound. As an experienced engineer, who has worked in studios all over Europe, Tim Martin is conscious of the importance of getting the mastering absolutely right and he has found the Sonic Solutions system to be a major improvement over older mastering methods.