Carvalho Mastering Studio feature
Carvalho Mastering is a world class mastering facility
in Toronto, Canada.
Possibly the most acoustically perfect mastering room in Canada,
it is a beautiful facility, akin to an old English study,
filled with rich deep red leather furniture and a gorgeous
coffered cherry wood ceiling and walls.
Carvalho Mastering is the dream of João Carvalho,
a rising Canadian Mastering Engineer and 2004 Juno nominated
Record Producer who is known for his unique talents,
discerning ears and dedication to the vision of his
clients. He enjoys a golden reputation within the Canadian
the 3D virtual tour by clicking on the image
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the studio to discuss your project and arrange for
a tour of this magnificent room.
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is a subtle process. Through fine volume adjustments,
modifications to certain frequencies and the constraining
of dynamics, it makes the difference between what might
already be a good mix, and a polished, profes sional
sound. In any mastering setup the quality of the console
is a limiting factor, one of the most crucial links
in the chain leading from the source to the reference
custom made Airfield Audio Mastering Console, designed
by David Miller, is the only one of its type in existence.
Its internal circuitry is designed to be as "passive"
as possible, at all costs avoiding adding noise in the
signal path. This means there are no unnecessary amps,
audio path switching (for three sets of monitors) is
accomplished with sealed relays, and connections are
hand-assembled using quad eutectic solder throughout.
All switches, controls, wires and connectors are of
the highest quality to ensure precision at all listening
levels. The Airfield Audio Mastering Console promises
to complement perfectly the measures taken in the construction
of the studio to bring audiophile quality sound to the
monitors. For much fuller information about this excellent
mastering facility visit
Word from studio designer Martin Pilchner:
Carvalho Mastering represents the result of a unique
opportunity to adhere to known acoustic principles,
without the need of compromise common in less ideal
settings. The space started with a very rigid shell
to minimize modal coupling, and of a given dimensional
relationship aimed at providing linearly distributed
fundamental room frequencies. Low frequency damping
was then developed to provide a uniform LF decay in
the space. This damping consisted of several traps specifically
located within the room of various sizes and densities.
Strict attention was paid to ensuring uniform energy
decay characteristics by balancing surface applications.
Special mathematically sequenced diffusers were designed
to provide back-scattering in specific locations in
the room and work in conjunction with the other surface
types to establish a wide and uniform sound stage at
the listening position.
LF baffles, specular absorbers, and diffusors were situated
so as to ensure that all loudspeaker coupling and loading
with the room are uniform on all established surround
axis, so that all channels are capable of matched reproduction.
result has been a space with very uniform decay characteristics,
pinpoint imaging, and broad soundstage. The full potential
of the speaker system is realized at the mix position
with no correction allowing a simple and pure electro-acoustic
path. All errant unwanted reflections are eliminated
leaving a well damped diffusive sound field without
the proclivity to be anechoic. Visit the designer's
43 Laing Street
tel: (416) 461-3535
fax: (416) 466-3386