Analogue mastering although similar to digital mastering are two very different mastering processes. Analogue mastering utilises analogue mastering equipment, where as digital mastering is performed completely in the box using only digital plugins. Analogue mastering is often confused as being defined as mastering to reel to reel tape. This is not the case. Modern day analogue mastering is rarely ever run to tape. The use of tape emulation plugins is far more widely used. At Audio Animals we use a stereo pair of Rupert Neve portico 542 tape saturation units to achieve the warm unique rich sound tape has to offer. Another common impression of analogue mastering is that digitally produced tracks can not be mastered in the analogue domain and can only be digitally mastered. This is not the case 90% of analogue masters performed here at Audio Animals are produced 100% digitally. Digitally produced music massively benefits in many ways from analogue mastering. Digitally produced music when digitally mastered can lack a lot of fullness and never really achieve that warm rounded sound so many producers long for. Taking a digital track out of the digital domain and into the analogue domain achieves a far louder whilst more dynamic master. This is not always true, this depends on the mastering house you are working with and the equipment and expertise they have. Here at Audio Animals we use a unique analogue mastering chain consisting of some of the industries best analogue compressors. Compressors in our mastering chain include the world renowned Shadow Hills compressor, Maselec MLA3 multiband compressor and Malelec MPL2 Limiter. With the use of such analogue compressors we are able to achieve a controlled yet loud and dynamic master.