Mastering update
Mastering update

DeWolff's Thrust has won the Edison award for best rock album! The album was produced by the band itself and was mastered by Wessel. The future holds many more beatiful things for this band: a live record is on the way, as is a very special concept record—which is currently being mixed by Wessel. 

> recording > mixing > mastering

Wessel Oltheten works as a mix and mastering engineer in his own Spoor 14 studio. He also records on location, teaches audio engineering at the Utrecht University of the Arts , and is the author of Mixing with Impact, a book on mixing that’s available worldwide through Focal Press.


Wessel cooperates on a regular basis with producer Wouter Budé and the 27 Tapes-label. Together they deliver complete albums, ep's and video productions for (mostly alternative) bands and artists. 


You can hear Wessel's ear in all kinds of productions, from the cinematic registration of Wagner's Ring Des Nibelungen performed by the Nationale Reisopera, to successful albums by rock violinist David Garrett and his cooperations with Nicole Scherzinger and Andrea Bocelli, and a single by Michael Jackson & Akon. Wessel mixed and mastered music by Black Oak, Navarone, Pocket Knife Army, Kraak en Smaak, Amongster, Don Diablo, Geert Huinink, Tim Knol, Tangarine, DeWolff, I Am Oak, Awkward I, Re:Freshed Orchestra, Gallowstreet, Yuko, GRAEF, Robin Borneman and many others.



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Album Thrust,  2018
Produced by DeWolff
Recorded and mixed by Pablo van de Poel
Mastered by Wessel Oltheten


Spoor 14 is Wessel's mix and mastering studio, featuring Grimm monitoring, 56 channels of analog processing and a small recording room.
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> Mixing with Impact

In Mixing with Impact - Learning To Make Musical Choices, Wessel Oltheten discusses the creative and technical concepts behind making a mix. Whether you're a dance producer in your home studio, a live mixer in a club, or an engineer in a big studio, the mindset is largely the same.


The same goes for the questions you run into: where do you start for example? How do you deal with a context in which all the components affect each other? How do you avoid getting lost in technique? How do you direct your audience's attention? Why doesn't your mix sound as good as someone else's? How do you maintain your objectivity when you hear the same song a hundred times? How do your speakers affect your perception? What is the difference between one compressor and another?



In a clear structure, this book covers these and many other questions. This will get you closer and closer to answering the most important question of all: how do you tell a story with sound?



Mixing with Impact is internationally available at all major resellers, for more information see its website


Wessel Oltheten
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