So… As to release date… I’m shooting for Easter, because a) I will be able to afford the pressing costs by then, and b) I’m still working on the artwork and packaging…
I’m looking at a gatefold digipak with an 8 page booklet, because I really like digipaks… they put me in mind of proper LPs from days of yore. And it fits with the vibe and concept of the whole album.
The mastering engineer… Thereby hangs a tale:
A good mate of mine was in another life a proper engineer/producer/studio owner - that’s gold and platinum discs on the wall proper - and he kindly agreed to listen through the final mixes for me. While we were listening, I mentioned that I needed to find someone to master the album.
Paul said he had a mate who is a rather well regarded engineer and producer himself, and had set up a mastering suite and was mastering for some of his clients. Paul gave him a ring, introduced us and a deal was struck.
So I’m rather more than a little pleased that the album is being mastered by John Cornfield, whose engineering and production credits include Muse, Verve, Supergrass, The Stone Roses and Robert Plant (to name a few)
This wasn’t a cheap option by any means, but the results more than convince me that it has been money well spent!