Cambridge, UK (October 26, 2010)–Bender Mastering Studio, catering to local artists and record labels, has opened in Portugal with a combination of Prism Sound and Maselec equipment.
Based in Aveiro, Bender Mastering was established by 23-year-old Miguel Pinheiro Marques, who has a degree in music from ESMAE in Oporto, Portugal and has been working as a recording and mixing engineer since he was 18.
“While working in commercial recording studios, I recognized that most clients didn’t have enough money to master their records abroad, nor could they easily access an affordable and reliable local mastering option,” Marques explains. “I started Bender Mastering because I recognized the need for a professional mastering facility here in Portugal. There are a few mastering rooms in large recording studios, but I wanted to create a facility that was based around really good equipment. I am also providing an online platform so that I can accept jobs from anywhere in Portugal, which is something that no one else is currently offering.”
Bender Mastering has one studio running a combination of analog and digital equipment, which was supplied by Mastering Mansion in Madrid. The list includes a Prism Sound Orpheus computer FireWire interface, which handles all of the studio’s conversion requirements. Marques has installed Prism Sound MLA-2 and MEA-2 units for all equalization and compression, plus an AMS-Neve 1073 DPA which runs as the line driver. The facility also has a range of software including Pro Audio DSP, Softube, Sonnox and Abbey Road Plug-ins.
“I chose the Prism Sound/Maselec units because they are versatile and clean sounding without being totally transparent and sterile,” Marques explains. “I think this is a good thing because it imprints some analog warmth and character into any mix, which gives life and vibe to the music. For transparency, I rely on digital processing and this is where the Orpheus comes in. It is a great sounding unit that compliments the Maselec Series really well.”