Simplicity and variety
As the owner of Armenia’s premier recording studio, accomplished music producer, songwriter, composer and keyboard player Vahagn Stepanyan has worked with an impressive resumé of musicians and industry experts across the globe. To deliver pristine audio on his clients’ streaming projects, Stepanyan relies on the Stereoizer, Monofilter and MasterCheck plug-ins from NUGEN Audio.
Stepanyan uses Stereoizer and Monofilter on tracks and buses when he needs a wider sound. “I like how wide I can make things using Stereoizer,” he says. “Being able to pan left and right to control the sides, while also pushing the low-end with Monofilter has been a huge benefit. I’ve tried similar solutions, but most are not mono compatible and negatively impact the signal. These NUGEN plug-ins don’t mess up the mono and the amount of the control I have with the software is really good.”
The simplicity and wide variety of the presets are among the top reasons Stepanyan continually turns to these plug-ins. “The software can be particularly useful in adjusting how the audio track sits in the mix,” he says. “I like the extra dimension that Stereoizer adds to the mono sounds, being able to turn mono tracks into natural-sounding stereo.”
"The software can be particularly useful in adjusting how the audio track sits in the mix."
Good on all platforms
For mastering projects, it’s very important to Stepanyan that whatever he puts on the master channel sounds really good on all platforms. “Whenever I do the mastering, I really like to check how the track will sound via streaming services, particularly for YouTube,” he explains. “I check each streaming platform and I will only export my project if it sounds perfect.”
Stepanyan, an official GRAMMY voting member, has worked with an impressive list of musicians and industry experts. This includes Eric Marienthal, Nathan East, Eric Moore, Anthony Crawford, Mark Lettieri, Henrik Linder, Ida Nielsen and Jack Thammarat. In addition, Stepanyan manages YouTube post-production for Chaka Khan’s bassist Melvin Lee Davis and works with GRAMMY-winning mastering engineers Randy Merrill of Sterling Sound and Evren Göknar of Capitol Studios.
"I check each streaming platform [via MasterCheck] and I will only export my project if it sounds perfect."
Only the best gear
No matter what project he is working on, Stepanyan’s number one priority is using only the best gear. “My studio here in Armenia was built by one of the best American acoustic designers, J. Brandt,” he explains. “We wanted it to be a space that would rival the biggest commercial studios. At one point, I had some issues with what I was hearing on my monitors, so I did some research and came across MasterCheck from NUGEN. I did a demo trial and was blown away by the quality of the product. It really is the best option on the market. I have been using it ever since.”
In addition to his NUGEN software, Stepanyan uses Apple Logic Pro integration, Focal and Kali audio monitors, Avedis Audio preamps, TK Audio compressors and Antelope Audio’s Orion 32+ Gen 3 with MP32. He also has a wide assortment of microphones from Ehrlund, Austrian Audio, Aston Mic, Lewitt Audio and Neumann, as well as a range of keyboards, including Nord Stage 3, Nektar, iRig Keys Xkey air and ROLI Seaboard.
"[MasterCheck] really is the best option on the market."
Expand your stereo image. Mono to stereo, stereo to super-wide and everywhere in between. Natural extension or extreme effects, Stereoizer provides it all.
Bring transparent solidity to your bass; sharpen, define and align for the tightest mix. Monofilter anchors your bass with ease, while retaining the perceived spatial characteristics of the original sound.
Powerful and intuitive optimisation tool for mixing and mastering. MasterCheck enables you to trial and audition today’s modern delivery platforms ahead of time, in order to deliver ready-made master tracks.
3 award winning plug-ins supplying reliable, full-frequency stereo enhancement, correction and bass management.
9 elite plug-ins delivering deeper control over your full production workflow.