Mastering engineer Kenny “Mixx” Daniels (pictured) has a mastering suite in Atlanta’s Patchwerk Studios, which has specialized in tracking and mastering urban music since 1995. The facility is credited with producing more than 60 Gold and Platinum albums. Daniels' credits include T.I., Lil Wayne, Pitbull, R. Kelly, Kanye West, Prince, and Rick Ross.
Daniels says that Millennia Media's Twin Topology equipment is central to his approach to mastering, which he describes as “pure music, no hype,”
“I’ve used the NSEQ-2 stereo parametric equalizer for years,” he says. “It’s one of my go-to equalizers. Larry Anthony introduced me to the NSEQ-2 while I was his assistant at COS Mastering. When I got my own room, I had to have one.”
The NSEQ-2 offers a choice of an all-triode tube or an all-discrete J-FET solid-state signal path at any time. Both are entirely transformerless, high voltage, pure Class-A topologies with only one active stage in the audio path.
Millennia Media states that Twin Topology is also employed in its 2-channel TCL-2 opto-compressor, which Daniels recently added to his mastering signal chain. “A lot of the people who come in here ask me for another popular compressor," Daniels says. "My answer is to A/B that one against the TCL-2. Of course, both of them sound great. But when we switch to the Millennia, the soundstage just opens up. It’s so transparent and the center channel is not phased out, so the TCL-2 controls the dynamics without shrinking the soundstage.”
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