Category Archives: Equipment

Short reviews and comments on equipment we use at Philosophers Barn.

A Neverending Story: PBM Monitoring

There are no such things as the perfect converter, perfect amplification, and perfect monitors. There is a certain high level of accuracy required in the whole mastering monitoring situation – which includes the room as much as the equipment in it – but beyond that a great deal hangs on taste and preference, perhaps on […]

PBM from the Egg

Before describing the evolution of the mastering/monitoring chain and its present form I’m going to say something about the evolution of the business itself, as that might help to explain some of the oddities, peculiarities  particular choices. PBM is a part of URM Audio Ltd which began in Hong Kong in the 1990’s as a classical […]

Up on the Farm

At the end of November 2014, PBM closed its studio in mid-Norfolk and moved everything to a small farm up near the North Norfolk coast. The farm is in a lovely rural location, and has a range of flint outbuildings just perfect to be renovated and rebuilt for a growing business. The first of these […]

PBM Mastering Workflow

The PBM mastering workflow has been in development for over 15 years. In that time I have done a lot of equipment evaluation – and I’m pretty sure that I now have a settled inventory of top-notch equipment that enables me to do anything I might be called on to do in mastering projects. Here’s […]

Weiss EQ 1 MkII

Review of Weiss EQ The Weiss EQ 1 Mk II was the very first piece of “quality” outboard that I ever purchased for my business. It was very exciting, and it was very expensive. It seemed like an enormous amount to pay for a single digital stereo EQ, but as it has now been in […]