Oasis Mastering

Jul 1, 1999 12:00 PM, MIX STAFF


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Founded in 1996 by veteran mastering engineer Eddy Schreyer, Oasis Mastering has quickly become known as one of the best in the business, amassing an impressive client list that includes Eric Clapton, Offspring, Pennywise, Korn, Tupac, Dave Hollister, XZIBIT and Jesse Powel.

Featuring two 18x24-foot mastering suites plus a production room, Oasis was designed by Schreyer and audio technology pioneer David Manley. Influenced by his former stints at such well-known mastering facilities as MCA, Capitol Mastering and Futuredisc, Schreyer set Oasis' focus on creating as precise a mastering and monitoring environment as possible, while maintaining a comfortable place to work.

As a result, each suite has an extremely high-resolution main monitor system consisting of Tannoy Dual-15s coupled with custom Aria dual subs, all powered by Hot House amplifiers. The suites, based around networked 24-bit Sonic Solutions workstations, feature mastering consoles designed by Schreyer and fabricated by Manley Labs. The desks feature a Weiss 88.2kHz digital workstation, state-of-the-art Avalon and Manley EQs and Weiss 96kHz/24-bit digital processing, along with Apogee, Manley and Studer converters.

Oasis recently made a major commitment to surround sound, upgrading both mastering suites to full 5.1 capability and partnering with DVD authoring giant AIX Media Group and producer/engineer Bobby Owsinski to form Surround Associates. The new company specializes in repurposing back catalog as well as current proj-ects for release on DVD, and it allows Oasis to provide complete surround services to its clients. The partnership provides a solid, experienced production team that offers mastering, mixing and authoring to create the ultimate DVD package.

Schreyer looks philosophically at being at the forefront of technological change. "Professional audio is a lot more complicated today than it was back in the days of lacquer masters, when I first started my career," he observes. "But one thing that hasn't changed is the skill and talent that it takes to make a proper master. Oasis is not only the culmination of my many years of experience in the mastering field, it's also the result of just as many years learning what the clients want to achieve and then helping them achieve it. That's really what Oasis is all about-sonic quality and client service."

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