Meet Aria, an analogue mastering service with a robot ‘sound engineer’

Tracks are mastered professionally in real time, 24/7.

Aria Analogue Mastering Robot Arm

With the promise of convenience and quality, online mastering services have been a hit with independent producers. But while most services bank on processing via digital algorithms, Aria is aiming to do something novel by offering high-grade, all-analogue mastering undertaken by a robotic arm.

The arm is an integral cog in Aria’s mastering process, designed to make precise tweaks on high-end analogue audio equipment such as Manley’s Massive Passive Stereo Equalizer, Pendulum Audio’s Variable Mu 6386 Tube Limiter and more. To kick start the machine-mastering process, all you have to do is upload a mix and make selections across mix type, EQ, as well as output levels.

Aria further adds that its service runs 24/7 and masters your tracks in real time. Pricing for the service comes in three tiers, detailed below:

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  • Single master: $19 per song
  • Artist subscription: $49 per month, capped at 10 songs
  • Project subscription: $99 per month, capped at 25 songs
  • Professional subscription: $249 per month, capped at 100 songs

If Aria delivers on its high-grade audio promise, the inclusion of intelligent machinery could well prove to be an exciting development in online mastering.

Hear samples of Aria’s mastering service here. And for more info, head over to ariamastering.com.

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