This is the show where we cover all aspects of mastering. If you're interested in mastering, want to learn how to get better results mastering your own music, or even want to be a mastering engineer, this is the show you want to hear.
The Mastering Show #72 - Off-topic but SO good !
This is so good it just needed it’s own episode.
It’s a groundbreaking, unique new way to make music online - and everyone should try it out ! It’s not just bleeps and beats, either - there are plenty of people using it to make fantastic acoustic and sample-based live-looping music as well.
I’m talking about Endlesss, the new live-looping-jam-with-friends-online iOS app developed by musician Tim Exile that I mentioned at the end of the last episode - and now it’s going to be available on Mac & PC !
I loved chatting to Tim for this episode, and there’s a ton of interesting ideas here even if you’re not that interested in the idea of Endlesss. We talk about:
* The problem of perfectionism in music production, and why it’s a mastering engineer’s super-power
* The best way to develop a new musical instrument
* How to fit 40kg of music tech in an iPhone - and why it’s worth it
* How not-live can feel live and how THAT can overcome anxiety and imposter syndrome
* And how Endlesss got Ian back into creating music after a 20-year break as a result
Full show notes on our website
The Mastering Show #71 - Remote audio - mixing, mastering and more
Real-time remote audio work IS possible - with surprising quality and flexibility ! In this show I’ll describe techniques and strategies to help you mix, master, teach and even record remotely - and even suggest some ways to jam live. Kind of. Amongst other things I’ll describe how to:
Stream lossless, low-latency audio to any DAW or browser, for up to 40 people
Combine this audio stream with multi-user video chat
Screenshare in sync for easier collaboration during mixing, mastering and even recording
Take control of someone else’s screen for teaching or training purposes
Use other people’s analogue gear in your project
“Jam” virtually online - on an iPhone !
Thanks to Ian Stewart and Lij Shaw for help with ideas and testing for this episode.
Check out the website for full links and show notes
The Mastering Show #70 - Mastering Billie Eilish - Loudness versus Art
Our guest this episode is LA mastering engineer John Greenham who just won a Grammy for his work on Billie Eilish’s album. We talk to him about how he came to work with Billie, and dig into his work on the album in depth, discussing topics including:
* John’s mastering chain and philosophy
* Whether “Xanny” is the loudest song ever
* How to get RMS levels above zero (!)
* Loudness, confidence and client relations
* Are loud mixes a problem for mastering engineers ?
* What it’s like to win a Grammy
The Mastering Show #69 - Good versus GREAT mastering
We talk on this show about making a master sound great all the time - but what does that mean ? How can you tell the difference between a good or a great master, or whether you’re doing great work yourself, or not ? In this episode we discuss all these questions, plus:
* Is it even possible to tell a good or a great master ? If not, why not ?
* Is it about great sound, or great work ?
* Why “great” doesn’t have to mean “perfect”
* What about great re-masters ?
* How to know if you’re doing great work
* The only person who can really decide
Full show notes and links on our website
The Mastering Show #68 - Restoring Dynamics
I often get asked if it’s possible to restore dynamics to a heavily limited, clipped or compressed source, to achieve a more dynamic master. The answer is… it’s complicated ! So in this episode we do our best to answer the question. Topics include:
Why you shouldn’t do this
When you might have to do this
When doing this is a bad idea
How to do it (the simple way, the complicated way and the really messy way)
How compression can sometimes add dynamics
What these techniques can never do
Full links and shownotes on our website:
The Mastering Show #67 - Minus 14 LUFS - or NOT ?
People are talking about minus 14 LUFS loudness more and more these days, but why ? What does this number mean, where does it come from, and why should you care ?
In this episode we answer all these questions and more, including:
* Which streaming services are using -14 LUFS
* Why Spotify aren’t using -14 LUFS, and why it matters
* Why you shouldn’t use minus 14 LUFS as a target (or any number) but
* Why it’s still important and useful to know about anyway
* Will mastering to -14 LUFS make your music sound bad ?!?
Full links and show notes on the website
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I can’t believe Ian shares so much valuable info on this podcast . For any musician it’s a must podcast
Detailed and in depth
Loving this podcast. As a mostly self taught ITB electronic rock producer (think NIN-ish) I have had a lot of questions about where to take things and how to improve. There is some REAL knowledge being dropped here. Forget endless YouTube “pros”. Listen to this. Also excited to pick up the Perception plug in. ALSO super excited about the Mastering on Headphones episode! I live in an apartment with thin walls and have been mixing on Sennheiser HD650S w/ Sonarworks calibration on... THERE IS HOPE FOR ME YET! Cheers from Toronto! -SmoothSailing @smoothsailing4u
No-nonsense, accessible mastering podcast
Ian’s 20+ years as a mastering engineer and natural abilities as an instructor allows him to teach mastering concepts in a very accessible way. But what makes his content truly great is that his finger is firmly on the pulse of our changing industry which makes this show, and his courses, essential for anyone curious about mastering from home in the 21st Century.