MASTERING ENGINEERS ADVICE

IS ALL REMASTERING GOOD?

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IS ALL REMASTERING GOOD?

I’ve done plenty of re-mastering in my time, but I don’t actually like re-mastering a lot of the time. First, I find that most people do it to milk their record again. Second, they want it to sound more modern. I don’t agree with that. I like a vintage car: I like its patina, the way it drives, the whole reason why it was good in the first place. I love the nostalgia of it, the sound it makes. I feel the same way for music. I want to hear how it sounded when they made it. I don’t want...

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MASTERING EXPECTATIONS

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MASTERING EXPECTATIONS

When I receive files from producers or mix engineers, I need to really think about what their expectations are. A lot of the time, I ask them to give me reference material. I want to manage our expectations on how loud it’s going to be, for example, because some people want things dynamic and some people want things super crushed and loud. So the main thing for me is finding out which way they want to go. And by asking them for a few reference tracks, I can get a picture in my head before I start mastering. After listening...

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QUICK TIP: PUNCHY DYNAMICS WITHOUT LOSING TRANSIENTS

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QUICK TIP: PUNCHY DYNAMICS WITHOUT LOSING TRANSIENTS

When you're mastering, you want to push into limiters and compressors to get it sounding together, glued, and smashed together. That's the mindset that you've got, and you think that that's what you should be doing. The problem with that, however, is that you lose all the transients and all the sharpness in front of the track. So you don't get these sweet, punchy, dynamic sounds or keep the loudness. The way I get around that – and it's a mindset thing of how you work with compressors when you're a mastering engineer, compared to when you're recording or mixing...

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WHY ONLY 1 IN 10 MAKE IT AS A PRO

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WHY ONLY 1 IN 10 MAKE IT AS A PRO

There aren’t many people who can do mastering or engineering or mixing for a full-time profession. One reason why is because of the way they self-brand and handle clients. The main thing for me is you need to be able to do just one thing, so people know who you are. You are an expert in that one area; you’re not just the “I can do anything” guy. You have a website that looks professional. The way that you answer emails is professional. You have a brand, and the way that you deal with clients on the phone is very...

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WILL UPGRADING YOUR INTERFACE IMPROVE SOUND?

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WILL UPGRADING YOUR INTERFACE IMPROVE SOUND?

If you’re an engineer working at home, you do need to think about your audio interface because it’s the thing that you’re listening to tracks through. It’s the heartbeat of your setup. You need to make sure that the sound is the best quality you can get. There’s no point in spending a load of money on some speakers if you are feeding those speakers from the audio interface, and the D to A converter in there is a terrible standard. I’ve done loads of tests on D to As and A to Ds. I’ve listened to a lot, and...

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