Belgium (February 27, 2015)—Three albums that were mastered by Brussels-based mastering and sound restoration facility EQuuS on its SADiE systems all featured in the Belgium Top 10 in the same week recently.
Founded in 1994 by audio restoration expert Marc Doutrepont, EQuuS expanded in 1997 when engineer Pieter De Wagter joined the company and set up a mastering facility. EQuuS also has a production studio for freelance producers and a copy studio.
The facility's chart success centers on the album Entity by Oscar & The Wolf, Racine Carrée by Electronic dance artist Stromae and Thank You All! by Vaya Con Dios. De Wagter mastered all three projects.
Although artist-only albums are an important part of EQuuS' mastering workload, the majority of the projects it handles are compilations. This, says De Wagter, is simply a reflection of the Belgium music scene where compilations are big business.
EQuuS now has three SADiE 5 turnkey systems and one SADiE 6 system. "SADiE is a fantastic editing tool and to this day it remains the easiest and best system when it comes to preparing audio masters," De Wagter says. "My clients are always deeply impressed by the speed and accuracy of the editing on a SADiE. Efficiency, reliability and sound quality are essential requirements for a mastering system, and in the 20-plus years I've been using SADiE, it has never let me down."