Scott Hull Mastering / Classic Sound
Oct 1, 2001 12:00 PM
Company Name: Scott Hull Mastering/Classic Sound.
Scott Hull Mastering/Classic Sound
211 West 61st Street
New York, NY 10023
Scott Hull learned long ago the power of creating a brand. By the time he had struck out on his own, establishing Scott Hull Mastering at Classic Sound in 1999, the high number and status of the recording artists, producers and engineers who had sought out his expert audio touch over the course of two decades at other facilities assured the success of his own studio.
"I like the fact that people know me and associate the name with quality sound," says Hull, who mastered the 2000 Grammy-winning Album of the Year, Steely Dan's Two Against Nature. "But what I believe is just as importantand what has had every bit as much to do with success as technical talentis the fact that throughout my career in mastering, I've wanted to get to know my clients as individuals and their music as the artistic extension of their personalities. That's how you can give a mastering client the best work possible. It's also why I purposely designed a facility that people can feel comfortable and intimate in."
Scott Hull Mastering's two studiosa mastering suite and a production/edit roomwere designed by the renowned Walters-Storyk Design Group and were later modified to accommodate Hull's choice of Duntech Sovereign 2001 monitors, which are powered by Cello Performance amplifiers. Its a combination that Hull describes as "beautiful-sounding and wonderfully accurate." Hull was also one of the first engineers in New York, in 1990, to acquire and master the Sonic Solutions digital audio workstation, which is used heavily for digital editing work. However, Hull says, the heart of the mastering process is the custom-built Manley analog mastering console in his main mastering suite; its supported by a wide array of vintage analog and leading-edge digital signal processing equipment.
In addition, Scott Hull Mastering shares facility space with Classic Sound's other division, Lazarus Engineering, Tom Lazarus' leading New York remote recording and post-production company. The relationship offers additional technical and creative synergies to Hull's clientele.
"One of the things to know about New York is, there is a great deal of specialization here," Hull explains. "Talented people choose to focus on something and become true experts at it. That's the way I like to look at the media business in New Yorkas a pool of resources with a depth of knowledge and expertise that cannot be found anywhere else to this degree."
That perspective is what governs Hull's outlook on new media technologies and formats. The facility is increasing its complement of 96/24-capable equipment (while keeping the best of the analog, of course), yet Hull clearly sees his specific niche in the evolving framework of new media. "With formats like DVD and SACD coming to the market, I keep very up to date on them," he says. "But I believe the key is that I see myself as the expert resource for the audio component of new media. There are others who can provide great video and computer solutions. I don't want to diffuse the core specialty of this facility. We are about audiothe best audioand that's it."
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