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Photos: Martin Dijkstra.

"Premium Mastering Studio"

"Renzo is a true professional who delivers high quality, he is fast and he's very relaxed to work with. Tnx for the great job Renzo!"
Martijn Spierenburg, Spierenburg Music (Composer, sound design, keyboards Black Nazareth, Within Temptation)

Mastering at Masterenzo

Masterenzo Mastering is a premium mastering studio, located in Rotterdam, run by engineer Renzo van Riemsdijk.

After mixes are finished, mastering elevates songs to a professional level and connects them to the outside world. An album should tell a story, great mastering makes that story loud and clear.

The equally important technical part of mastering is file delivery for physical release of an album or EP on vinyl, CD or music cassette or digital release on streaming platforms and YouTube.

No mixing or recording here, it's mastering only...

Philosophy

I'm a guitarist (no live shows anymore, I play in my living room instead). This makes it easier for me to translate what a musician wants to hear into that great sounding master, connecting to the outside world, straight to your listening audience.

My approach is to take the song with most energy and vibe as the basis for the mastering session. All other songs are lifted towards that same level of energy and vibe.

The way I work is somewhat influenced by mastering icon Bernie Grundman, an American engineer who has mastered numerous landmark recordings such as 'Aja' by Steely Dan, Prince's 'Purple Rain' and 'Thriller' by Michael Jackson. His view, ears and mastering philosophy show an example of ultimate energy, transparency, musical impact and connection.

Born in the seventies I'm very much intrigued by the stunning sound quality of some of the recordings made in that era. Just have a listen to 'Rumours' by Fleetwood Mac and witness its pristine production quality and consider: louder is not always better.

Work

Masterenzo Mastering has worked for artists like Ocobar, Charlie Dée/Hédi Carlee and Phil Bee. Work of Masterenzo can also be heard on radio and television, including campaigns for Eliza Was Here, Open University and Auping. 

Have a listen to the Spotify mastered by Masterenzo Mastering playlist.


Book your mastering session

You can use the contact form at the bottom of this page to book a session, attended or unattended. In price it doesn't make a difference.

if you want me to listen to your mixes first. No problem. You can also use the contact form to send me a message. Are you planning a physical release? Check out the services for more info.

During attended sessions it's important to give the ears some rest during a break in our garden.
Bakery Van den Berg makes great sandwiches for lunch and is located at only a 3 minute walk from the studio.

I encourage you to witness the process: attending the session or not, in price there is no difference.

About Masterenzo

Renzo portrait_1Hi! I'm Masterenzo (Renzo van Riemsdijk). Born in 1973 in Ede, a medium sized town in the center of Holland, I discovered guitar at the age of 15. Three years later I was playing electric guitar in my first band "Fast Fingers, Happy Girlfriends" (no joke).

After a chemistry study in Arnhem I started studying electric guitar at the Rotterdam Conservatory. During my study and after graduating in December 1999 I played electric and acoustic guitar and lapsteel in many projects and bands, mainly pop, soul, rock and singer-songwriter music. At that time I was already very interested in the process of making records.

In 2003 I started my home based mastering studio. After working at home for 6 years I got to work at Rotterdam based studios like the Excess Studios (2009-2012) and the Real Music Room (2012-2015, currently Okapi Recordings).

With the experience gained at those studios I decided to build my very own mastering facility in 2015: Masterenzo Mastering.
In 2021 the studio has moved to a slightly bigger location. The new studio sounds even better than before.

Besides mastering I spend my days listening to music, preferably on vinyl or cd. I'm a big fan of chocolat, great coffee and cooking and I like to spend quality time in the great city of Rotterdam, accompanied by some good friends.


In 2020 I gave an interview about mastering to journalist Lex Bezemer of national newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. You can find the interview here. It's in Dutch.

Columns Popunie

I write monthly columns about mastering for Dutch music platform Popunie. Is mastering really some kind of black art?


Services

Included in the price of mastering at Masterenzo:

  • Feedback on your mixes when necessary.
  • High resolution masters (24 bit).
  • 24 and 16 bit masters for streaming services (Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Apple Music, YouTube etc.).
    Many of the aggregators (party between artist and streaming service) accept both 24 and 16 bit files.
  • Embedded ISRC codes, when available, to facilitate the distribution of music rights.
  • Revision of your masters, until you are 100% satisfied with the end result.

Extra services:

  • Compiling files for physical release on vinyl or music cassette.
  • Compilation and DDP fileset for CD production.
  • Alternative delivery formats (broadcasting).

I encourage you to attend the session: There is no difference in price between an attended or unattended mastering session.


You can send me your mixes via WeTransfer:


The Masterclass

Frequently I get asked to share my knowledge and experience in mastering. The link between mixing and mastering is very important. The Masterclass consists of a private session in the studio in which I will elaborate on the process of mastering and why a better mix leads to the best sounding end result. Among other topics supplying masters for various media like streaming and vinyl will be handled during this session.

Don't expect to become a mastering engineer in a day but see it as a fun day instead where knowledge, coffee and a look inside the mastering kitchen will provide you the basics of the craft.

The Masterclass is based on an hourly rate of 65 euros. On request the Masterclass can also be given as an online meeting with the extra possibility to invite multiple attendees.


Everlearn mastering training

For self-learning platform Everlearn I've recorded an online mastering course right here in the studio. In over 4 hours of material I explain what mastering is, what the importance is of a good monitoring environment and what kind of tools I use during a mastering session.

It's a medium-advanced level training for those who want to know more about this beautiful profession or even those who plan to start their own career in mastering.

It can also serve as a reference as all subjects are organized in paragraphs.

Curious? The course is in Dutch.


"The choice for your mastering studio has been a matter of gut feeling.
I'm very thankful for your sincerity, attention and explanation and I really liked the process as well.
In my opinion the tracks sound way better now and I'm very satisfied."

Misha Schreiner (Pop, Alternative)

Rates

Mastering at Masterenzo Mastering is based on a rate of 50 euro per song.
Masters for streaming are included in the price of a master.

The more songs you want to have mastered in one batch or session, the more cost-effective it will become.
Discount starts with 4 songs.

  • Compiling files for a standard 2-sided vinyl release (10" or 12"): 45 euro.
  • DDP fileset for cd-production: 45 euro.
  • Compiling files for a standard 2-sided release on music cassette: 45 euro.
  • Alternative masters like instrumentals (with identical settings): 20 euro per song.
  • Alternative delivery formats (EBU-R128/EAR): 10 euro per song.
  • The Masterclass (attended): 65 euro per hour.

Payment via bank transfer (invoice or Tikkie).

All rates excluding 21% VAT.

If you live outside the Netherlands but within the EU and have a valid VAT-number you don't have to pay the VAT.
If you run a business outside the EU the VAT is taxed in your own country.


"Masterenzo has lifted my end product to a higher level. All details and nuances in the mix have been given subtle accents and the songs have become an album as a whole with some extra drive and shine.
Thanks Renzo, see you again next time!"
John F Klaver, John F Klaver Band (Blues, Americana, Pop)

Useful Information

Preparing your music for mastering

  1. Make sure you've checked and double checked your mixes before sending them off to mastering.
  2. If you need a pair of fresh ears during the mixing stage: I'm more than willing to listen to your mixes and provide feedback.
    All that is necessary to achieve an end product of the highest quality!
  3. Leave some room from the 0 dBFS ceiling when printing mixes to stereo.
    Volume is not that important in the mixing stage.
  4. Do not use any leveling tools like limiters or normalizers on the stereo bus, unless they are a vital part of the sound.
  5. Never change the sample rate (kHz) of the files.
  6. Print, render or bounce your tracks as 24 bit or 32 bit floating point data files (wav or aif), 16 bit or mp3 files are not suited for mastering!
    When you send me 24 bit files, it's best practice to use 24 bit dither as a final step before saving your final mixes (no noise shaping).
  7. Don't forget to register for ISRC, it's free! Check the official ISRC site for more info. If you are Dutch, you can apply for an ISRC at Sena
    Read more about ISRC on the FAQ page.
  8. Make sure you've checked ánd double checked your mixes before sending them to me!

Loudness, is it really that important?

The human ear is very sensitive when it comes to changes in volume. If a song is played only one dB louder, many people choose the louder song to be the better sounding one.

But we have control over the volume knob ourselves. so we can play any song as loud as we want...
Loudness normalization ensures that every song in a playlist is played at globally the same volume (loudness).

Actually, music mastered at a less high level contains more energy (transients, micro-dynamics) and sounds genuinly more lively when played at the exact same volume.

Loudness and Spotify

Without loudness normalization enabled each song on Spotify and its playlists will be played at its original volume.
Supplying a loud master will surely cause your music to be played louder.

However: as soon as loudness normalization is enabled, all songs will be normalized to the volume specified by Spotify (and other streaming services). This will cause loud masters to be turned down in volume, resulting in less dynamics and less energy.

During mastering I focus not so much on volume, but on energy and dynamics instead.
I believe that every song, album or ep has sort of an "ideal volume" depending on many factors of which genre is an important one.

Music is about connecting artists with their listeners. This connection will only get better when music sounds really good.

Nowadays more and more streaming services have loudness normalization enabled by default.


Below an example of what happened with Peter Gabriel's 'Sledge Hammer' during the loudness war. Which of the 2 will sound better when played at equal volume?

"Renzo has mastered the tracks of our first ep, to our fullest satisfaction!
The tracks have become a lot more dynamic, worth every euro. Renzo also is of great help in the production path, from ISRC codes until delivering the end product to the cd factory.
Our next ep and the album will be mastered again by Masterenzo Mastering!"
Jasper van Vught, The Legendary Orchestra Of Love (Rock and roll)

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"A driven professional who is able to lay down a beautiful sound and knows very well what the music is asking for."
Dina (Singer-Songwriter with West African influences)
Albums "Heart" and "My Own Way"


Masterenzo Mastering is approved by Apple to deliver files that meet the Apple Digital Master standard.
More info about Apple Digital Masters? Read the paper.

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Book your Mastering Session

Fill out the form if you want to book a session and receive a personalized mastering quote or if you want to leave me a message.

The more songs you want mastered in one batch or session, the higher the discount on the total price. Discount starts with 4 songs.

Please note that there is no difference in price between an attended or unattended mastering session.

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Make sure you've read the guidelines for preparing files for mastering prior to uploading your tracks!

Turnaround time after payment is usually between 1 and 3 days for singles. Are you working on a deadline? Let me know and I'll try to schedule your project with priority.

You can send me your mixes via WeTransfer:


Studio Address

Masterenzo Mastering
Renzo van Riemsdijk
Schielaan 17
3043 HA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

- Free parking -


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