"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)
Masterenzo Mastering is a premium mastering studio, located in Rotterdam and 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.
Mastering is also about file delivery for physical release on vinyl, CD or music cassette or digital release on streaming platforms and YouTube.
No mixing or recording here, it's mastering only.
My approach is to take the song with most energy and lift all songs of an album towards that same level of energy and vibe. Mastering is all about energy.
Being a former professional guitarist makes it easier to translate what a musician wants to hear into great sounding masters, connecting to the outside world, straight to your listening audience.
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 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.
Masterenzo Mastering works for artists like Ocobar, Boudewijn de Groot, Charlie Dée/Hédi Carlee and guitarist and producer Stefan Helleblad from Within Temptation.
Work of Masterenzo can also be heard on radio and television, including campaigns for Eliza Was Here, Campina and Auping.
Have a listen to the Spotify mastered by Masterenzo Mastering playlist:
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.
Hi! 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.
After a chemistry study in Arnhem I decided to follow my heart and started studying electric guitar at the Rotterdam Conservatory. During my study and after graduating in 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 this led to the start of 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.
I write monthly columns about mastering for Dutch music platform Popunie. Is mastering really some kind of black art?
I encourage you to attend the session: There is no difference in price between an attended or unattended mastering session.
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 3 hour 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. Analog processing and file delivery for vinyl, streaming or CD will come across 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 can also be given as an online meeting with the extra possibility to invite multiple attendees.
For self-learning platform Everlearn I've recorded an online mastering course right here in the studio. In over 4 hours 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 neatly 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)
Mastering at Masterenzo Mastering is based on a rate of 55 euro per song.
Masters optimised 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.
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)
The human ear is very sensitive when it comes to changes in volume. When 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 lower level contains more energy (transients, micro-dynamics) and sounds genuinly more lively when played at equal volume.
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 or album has sort of an "ideal volume" depending on many factors of which genre is an important one.
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 two 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)
"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.
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.
You can send me your mixes via WeTransfer:
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