Musikmesse Frankfurt
Horse Bar revisited
Audio Days Paris
Vive la France
AES New York
The return to NYC
NAMM Moscow
Go East!
Audio Days Paris
Encore une fois
Musikmesse Frankfurt
Lucky Number Sevin ;-)
NAMM Anaheim
Visiting Mickey
Musikmesse Frankfurt
Old friends, new friends.
Audio Days Paris
Meet the makers

Fifth anniversary
Time to party!
Musikmesse Frankfurt
Less trouble, more fun.
Unicorn or time travel?
The Joel Hamilton interview
AES New York
Welcome back.

Question upon question : )~
The pan60 interview
Musikmesse Frankfurt
Five already?
Forward or backward 
On compressor topologies
AES San Francisco
Ghandi & the Giants

Musikmesse Frankfurt
Meet the family
High-End Gear Hamburg
Small yet Ooh-La-Laah
AES New York
Jazz, Viruses & Liberty

Musikmesse Frankfurt
One, two, three...
Demotour London
London calling elysia!
AES San Francisco

Direct Metal Mastering
On visit at Stockfisch-Records
Musikmesse Frankfurt
Second sighting, twice as good
AES Vienna
Compressor Boys versus Kaiserschmarrn
Chemical Brothers
The brothers gonna work it out!
AES New York
We love New York!
High-End Gear Cologne
Meeting of the pro audio freaks

How everything started
The alpha compressor and how it entered ...
Musikmesse Frankfurt
Premiere in Frankfurt/Main
AES Paris
Baguette and class-A
Emergency Compressor
First aid for dynamic disasters 
AES San Francisco
elysia tours the United States

Direct Metal Mastering

On visit at Stockfisch-Records 

This promised to become an exciting appointment: From January 12th to 13th 2007 we were invited to visit Günter Pauler's Stockfisch-Records and assist in a live direct-to-disc recording of the Bass Face Swing Trio. The studio was still looking for a very high end compressor for processing the mixdown...

Recording studio, record label and Direct Metal Mastering united under one roof – something you won't find every day! However, at Pauler Acoustics this unique combination has been part of the formula for success for many years. The picture shows the cutting head of the impressive Neumann DMM machine. A technical marvel in terms of mechanical precision...

Here we see the engineers at work: Hans-Jörg Maucksch (l), Christian Struck (m) and Günter Pauler (r). While the mix is produced on high grade Sonosax desks, the alpha compressor processes the signal sum which is especially critical in direct-to-disc applications.

The elaborate use of microphones on the excellent Fazioli grand piano shows that no compromises where accepted for this recording. All three mics are custom constructions tailored to the high acoustic demands of Günter Pauler.

The warm-up session of piano player Thilo Wagner was proof enough: On a basis like this, work is nothing but fun. Thilo's gorgeous style of playing got everyone excited long before the actual recording session started. A tremendous player!

Here we see drummer Florian Hermann bringing himself to recording temperature at the same time in recording room number 2. And along the way he infected the complete team with his groovy beats easily.

Last but not least comes Jean-Philippe Wadle, who in his function as bass player completes the trio from the low end. While he and Florian can keep eye contact, Thilo plays in the next room and therefore has to rely on his headphones – luckily the band members know each other well and share a good lot of playing experience…

Hans-Jörg Maucksch is checking the levels. This is an enormously important job with DMM direct-to-disc recordings, because the sensible cutting head must not be damaged by too strong peaks or continuous program.

Christian Struck's job is to mix the single channel signals into a harmonic whole. No mistakes must happen while doing this, because in opposite to the usual process one cannot make any posterior corrections when recording direct-to-disk.

After all settings have been fixed, the tension rises noticeably. The recording is started and directly written into the copper blank. Therefore musicians and engineers alike must not make a single mistake for about 20 complete minutes per side...

Done! Hendrik Pauler presents the perfect result of the first recording run. Because of security reasons both sides are recorded again after a short break, and because the band plays great variations of the diverse themes, choosing only one of the two fine versions as final release is anything but easy.

Finally all tracks are written in copper and the complete team meets for a little leisure time session. Günter and Ruben sum up the highlights of the past two days and enjoy a nice cool "Kellerbier".