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Welcome to Hiltongrove Mastering, home to David Blackman, and North Essex's premier mastering facility.

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Tucked away on a quiet farmyard, you’ll find a studio dedicated to giving you a great sounding master every time.


Mastering is the final part of the recording chain. It’s the process of balancing your tracks with equalisation and dynamics processing, removing any unwanted blemishes from your music, and presenting the project in its best light. Your mastering session is the last chance to get everything perfect, and that’s why you need the right engineer on board.


A mastering engineer since 1996, David Blackman has worked on thousands of releases in that time. Whether it’s a simple editing and compiling job, or a full blown album master involving B-sides, single edits and vinyl parts, you can be sure of the same attention to detail and the highest quality results. Only the best gear will come near your audio, and the results will be reproduced through industry standard monitors in a highly treated listening environment.


We're also accredited by Apple to provide hi-res files for their "Mastered For iTunes" program.

So please take a stroll around our site, and when you’re ready, get in touch and we’ll make a record.

“I'm always impressed with Dave's mastering, but luckily the bands are even more so. Excellent value for money.”

David Cooper - Melodic 

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