Hafod Mastering

Hafod Mastering studio

Hafod Mastering
was designed and built by one of London's top studio designers in conjunction with Germany's finest acoustic consultant.

Most of the audio mastering processing is done in the analogue domain, quite simply because it makes your music sound better.

High-end analogue to digital converters, well designed analogue equipment and industry standard digital workstations give us the flexibility to achieve the sound that you’re looking for.

Revox Studio 4 monitors
Chord SPA608 Power Amp
Velodyne HGS18 Subwoofer

Sonic Studio soundBlade Mastering workstation
SADiE V4 Mastering workstation

Equipment List
Digital Audio Denmark ADDA2
Summit DCL-200 compressor
PrismSound Maselec MEA-2 Mastering EQ
Manley Massive Passive Mastering Edition EQ
Manley SLAM analogue limiter
Ampex ATR102 1/2" and 1/4" tape machine
Sony PCM-7010 DAT
NAD C542 CD Player
ADT Monitoring and Metering System

Groovy stuff
Room acoustics by Murray Harris and Jochen Veith
6 custom designed LF resonators (bass traps)
Custom built diffusing ceiling
Star point earthing with earth stake under the mastering console
Westwick Installations mains balancing transformer

13 Years Established

Donal Whelan / Audio Mastering Engineer

Donal Whelan in the Hafod Mastering studio

Academically qualified and professionally experienced, Donal Whelan's mission is to make music sound better.

Every day, Donal demonstrates his commitment to coaxing the best out of people's music by communication with his clients to understand their audio mastering needs, and then exceeding their expectations.

Donal understands how important your music is to you and how important creative expression is in this world. That's why he approaches every mastering job with the same care and attention that he brings to his chart-topping clients.

Work history
B.Mus(Tonmeister) at Surrey University
Chop Em Out, London
The Townhouse Post Production, London
Fairlight ESP, Sydney, Australia

Hafod Mastering

27 years mastering experience

Mastering Highlights

Artist Album Listen
AR Rahman Highway iTunes
Georgia Ruth Week Of Pines Spotify
Embrace Come Back To What You Know Spotify
Eddi Reader Vagabond eddireader.co.uk
Heaven 17 Penthouse & Pavement (remastered) Spotify
Elastica The Menace Spotify
The Gentle Good Tethered For The Storm Spotify
Gallops Miami Spider Spotify
Jonny Jonny Spotify
Houdini Dax You Belong To Dax Darling Spotify
Fila Brazilia A Touch Of Cloth Spotify
Mary Hopkin & Morgan Visconti You Look Familiar Spotify
Sandy Denny Gold Dust - Live at the Royalty Spotify

Example Tracks

Demo Before Mastering After Mastering
The Spires - Fireworks
Inferno - Welcome To The Lion's Den


Donal mastered my album 'Ideas and Oh Dears' recently and did an incredible job. Now I have a cohesive gem of an album instead of merely a collection of songs. If you're wondering whether or not to master your project go get Donal to do it.
Kid Carpet. Tired and Lonesome Recordings, England

Been listening to the album. Brilliant job. Very pleased with it.
Matthew Scott. Virtual Variants, Wales

Both CDs excellent; Sweet Assassin is instantly stunning and able to inform my judgement on Vapour Trail, also stunning but a much more complex record and therefore required thinking about. Bear in mind that these albums are like children to me, and
DB Smith. NSC Records, England

It sounds bloody AMAZING guys… thank you so much…
Eddi Reader. Reveal Records

Cheers, Donal - you did a really great job with the album. I don't think we would have got the radio airplay without the album being mastered to such a high standard - please feel free to use this as a recommendation to prospective future clients!
Andy Smith. The Weary Band, England

That’s AWESOME dude!!! Thank you so much!
Sarah. 7th Circle


Tracks Cost
Single Track Mastering £75.00
Album Mastering (Unsigned) £700.00
Album Mastering (Signed) n/a

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Gethin John / Mastering Engineer

Gethin John in the Hafod Mastering studio

Since joining the Hafod Mastering team in 2010 Gethin John has been working alongside Donal Whelan, learning the subtle arts of the mastering engineer craft.

Straddling the worlds of mixing and audio mastering, Gethin is also a mix engineer and producer, giving him a slightly different perspective and an understanding of where your music is coming from when you're ready for mastering.

Continuing the Hafod Mastering tradition of putting communication and the personal touch at the forefront of everything we do, Gethin makes sure that you will get exactly what you are looking for out from your mastering project.

Work History
BSc (Hons) : 1st Class - Music Systems Engineering
Senior Technician and Visiting Lecturer, University of the West of England
Still Small Voice Music, Cardiff

Hafod Mastering

10 years mastering experience

Mastering Highlights

Artist Album Listen
Josephine Original Love (Single) iTunes
John Mouse I Was A Goalkeeper Soundcloud
Jim Moray Sweet England (10th Anniversary Edition) Bonus Tracks Bandcamp
Yr Ods Llithro iTunes
Seazoo Dog Hotel Bandcamp
Fjords Domino | Strata Florida Bandcamp
Babul Supriyo Shukriya
Elsa Basil Busca
Texas Radio Band Bluescreen iTunes
Javier Arce y Los de Allá De Rostros e Impermanencias

Example Tracks

Demo Before Mastering After Mastering
Cuanto tardaste


The tracks sound killer. In some respects they are bigger than any reference tracks we had in mind.
Owen Rees. Enteric

Cracking job on the Bridgebound masters. It's kicking my arse!
Mat Leppanen. Producer, The Animal Farm, London

Dude they sound huge!
Jonny Barker. Sworn Amongst

The masters sound deadly. Cheers for that! I'm completely delighted about the whole sound. Thanks a bundle.
Tara Minton.

The bass sounds amazing!!! The bass is strong and everything is in it's place, very very happy with results. Thanks for easy communication and attention with our work. see you soon for new tracks.
Althayr Rodrigues. Andreia Dacal

I'm absolutely loving this, to be fair. Thank you SO much Gethin!
Sofi De La Torre.

I can't reiterate enough how pleased we all are with the tracks after last night's session.  Thanks for the invoice and again, thanks for the great job you did.  Look forward to working with you again in the near future!  Thanks.
Andrew Bishop.

Hi Gethin! Thank you for a wonderful master! The first version keeps everything as dreamy as it should be! So thank you again and I hope we work with you again! Love from Armada Named Sound.
Maus. Armada Named Sound

I would also like to say thank you again for the awesome job you have done on our album. Hopefully we can work together again in the future!
Elliot. Desert Storm

So thank you very much they're sounding great!
Vincent. Lunar Pupil

Just got round to listening to this. We are really please with it. It sounds massive! Thanks again for all your hard work
Elliot. Desert Storm


Tracks Cost
Single Track Mastering £60.00
Album Mastering (Unsigned) £600.00
Album Mastering (Signed) £600.00

Album mastering packages include up to 12 tracks. Any tracks over 12 are charged at £50/track.

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Hafod Mastering Engineers