The Anniversary Wrap Up


Well, I thought it might be a crazy idea I’d come to regret, but my decision to offer 24 hours of free mastering as part of my Studio’s 5 year anniversary ended up being a real success.  I was able to meet a lot of new producers, and quite a few former clients I hadn’t heard from in a couple years came out of the woodwork too.  Not to mention the fact that it ended up being a lot of fun getting to work on so much new music, and across so many different styles too!

Quite a few of the producers I worked with were happy to let me use their tracks to update the before and after section of my website too, so I’ll have some mastering examples everyone can check out in a couple weeks.  Gotta find time to update the website first  🙂

One of the comments I got from multiple people was that they were very impressed with the results given my minimal gear collection these days.  It made me realize that perhaps that’s in fact why I like mastering so much, by it’s definition it’s almost minimalist processing of audio.  Do only as much as is needed to improve the mix, and leave everything else untouched to let the producers’ intention and styles come through still.

It’s no wonder I like this job so much, being a confirmed minimalist myself these days!  Though I have to say that new Fabfilter Pro-Q update is looking very sweet, so I might be adding to my EQ collection shortly!  Check it out:

More than anything though, this recent anniversary made me realize how lucky I am to have the job I do.  And that I need to redouble my efforts to reach even more producers who might need mastering.  I want to make the world sound better one song at a time!

With that, time to get back to work.  Until next time!

Peace and beats,
Erik M.



5 Years & Free Mastering


It’s truly hard for me to believe, but today marks the 5 year anniversary since I started running Inner Portal Studio full-time.  It’s been quite a journey so far, and I couldn’t have done it without all the support and trust of the hundreds of musicians I’ve worked with in that time.  As a way of saying thanks and giving something back, for the next 24 hours I will be offering….

… free mastering.

Yep, you read that right.  From now until 10:00 AM PST, August 19th I will master ONE of your tracks for free.  I expect to receive a LOT of tracks during this offer, so I’m requiring the following from people submitting songs to make sure this goes as smoothly as possible:

1. Please read and follow my usual guidelines on how to prepare your tracks for mastering:

2. I am only accepting tracks sent to me via my Uploader:

3. All file names MUST include your name and the song name, i.e. “Artist Name – Song Name.wav”.

4. On the Upload form you will see the field “Type Your Message”.  You MUST include your real name, your artist name, the song name, and anything else I should know about your track and what you’re looking for in the mastering.

5. Please send me an email at letting me know you submitted a track, and send it from the same email address that you put on the Upload form.  PLEASE include your Artist name and the Song name in the subject line as well.

6. When the offer is over, it’s over, so please don’t ask if you can submit late or if I can refund a previous mastering job.

Let me know if you have any questions, otherwise I look forward to working on your tracks!  Thanks everyone for an incredible 5 years so far, here’s to 5 more!


Strymon Timeline Review


Finally got a chance to do my video review of the Strymon Timeline, which you can view here:

As always, let me know if you have any questions, happy to help if I can!

Welcome To The New Blog!

Woo hoo, welcome to the new blog location.  Sorry if you got multiple notifications for this blog post the last day or so, still working out a couple last minute bugs with notifications.  Ummm, that’s all I have, but more soon!

(Strymon Timeline review…..)