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Downbeat is a full-service mastering studio specialising in mastering for streaming and vinyl with in-house dubplate cutting. The crew behind Downbeat Mastering are passionate music lovers. We provide the highest quality masters and smooth communication for artists, labels, mix engineers, and studios worldwide. All musical styles are welcome, with a tuned ear for — reggae, jazz, world, soul, blues, R&B, electronic, hip-hop, and everything in between.

Our mastering engineer, Joshua Llewellyn, started mastering and cutting vinyl records for DJs in 2015. Josh is the creator and engineer for Lion Rockers hi-fi, a reggae sound-system promoting and creating dance floors across NZ since 2007. Downbeat's studio manager, Natalia, runs the day-to-day operations and keeps everything in order. She is also learning to cut dubplates.

Recent projects include Kora, Arise Roots, Avantdale Bowling Club, The Fare East, Canopy Records, Diver Records, Speech Act Theory, RKS Records, Zulu Vibes, Kenny Sterling, Swallow The Rat, Scarlett Eden, Freyja, Footshooter, Sugarloaf, Lachi, Chris Amour, J&E Productions, Supel Weh, Strictly Rockers (SD), Red Robin Records, Jazmine Mary, Raza Del Soul, Alpha Steppa, Alpha & Omega, Thee Baby Cuffs.....


Our studio was designed for mastering by acoustician John Brandt and hand-built with detail by the Downbeat crew. We designed the room around the ATC SCM100 ASL PRO monitors for their unparalleled accuracy. We use the Maselec MTC-1x console for the heart of our hybrid setup. Our workflow and preference is to use analogue hardware, and we have handpicked what we think are the best pieces of gear available for mastering. We also use a range of top mastering plugins, allowing Downbeat the best of both worlds.




  • Audeze LCD-X



  • Maselec MTC-1X Stereo Mastering Console


  • Maselec MEA-2 Equalizer

  • Manley Massive Passive (mastering version)

  • Buzz Req 2.2 with Lundahl Transformers

  • 1951 Audiotails stereo ganged - all-tube, class A


  • Maselec MLA-4 Multiband Compressor / Expander

  • Maselec MDS-2 De-Esser

  • Manley Stereo variable mu compressor / limiter

  • Bettermaker mastering limiter

  • Thermionic culture phoenix mastering plus tube compressor


  • Cranesong HEDD Quantum

  • Prism Titan

  • Prism Lyra

Tape Machine

  • AMPEX 350 1/2 inch 2 track 15ips (Fully restored)


  • T560

  • Myshank feedback cutter head

  • Custom my shank electronics and preamp

  • Custom Ekadek analog preamp and monitoring

  • Neumann VMS70+custom amps+SX74 (restoration, coming soon)


  • Two Garrard 401's with SME3009 tone arm + various carts

  • Technics 1210 mk2

  • MOON phono stage

  • Custom Ekadek

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