Hamburg-based producer, Stimming has become renowned over the years for bringing a truly original sound to electronic music. Mixing hand-made textures, field recordings and the latest gear in his compositions, Stimming has earned his stripes as a dance-floor veteran, and technical maestro frequently reviewing electronic music equipment for respected platforms worldwide. After years of reviewing gear online, Stimming has decided to create his own Instant Mastering Chain, equipment that promises to revolutionize the live set experience for music makers.
“When I decided to not have a computer on stage, I immediately faced the problem of mastering my signal on stage in real-time. Four years and a couple of different approaches and prototypes later, I solved this problem!”
For any electronic music artist playing live sets, the struggles of getting every sound loud and crisp on stage will be familiar. The challenge led Stimming on a quest for the perfect, portable, analog mastering studio. Having found none that met his standards and criteria, Stimming joined forces with music tech company, DOCtron, to create his dream gadget. “It fits in our carry-on luggage and makes the signal loud enough to compete against the dj,” explains the producer, “add some creamy lows and highs, compress it to your taste but leave the fast attacks intact, add a splash of tube warmth and then squeeze it into the transformers! Your music suddenly comes two steps closer!”
The Instant Mastering Chain is a fully analog audio processor chain in a carbon portable package weighing 1kg only. Although the device was designed with hardware-only live sets in mind, it also works wonders in studio – especially as a powerful bus compressor. The Martin Stimming Instant Mastering Chain is handmade by DOCtron in Mittelfranken, Germany.
“This is the mastering device for the travelling electronic live-act.”
Martin Stimming’s Instant Mastering Chain is now on sale worldwide and can be ordered HERE. The producer hopes the gadget will inspire musicians and audiophiles in their live sets to not accept anything short of the sounds they deserve.