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 #74 - Spotify begins the move to LUFS Normalization. So What?
It’s happening. Spotify are switching to using LUFS for their loudness normalization. If you’re thinking ‘I thought they already used it', that’s understandable - but they didn’t.
They will in future though, and in this episode we talk about why the change matters, especially in the short-term. But also about when it doesn’t matter, and why it will hopefully matter even less as time goes on.
Why we don’t use Spotify
What we use instead, and why - and some of the differences
How normalization on Spotify used to work
How it’s going to work
What happens in the meantime
Why we mostly ignore the numbers, despite all this !
The Mastering Show #73 - Are you having a LUF ?
Let’s face it, LUFS don’t work.
No-one understands them, when you set a load of different songs to -14 LUFS they all sound a different loudness, and they weren’t even developed using music. RMS is just better, right ?
These are just some of the objections we’ve been hearing about LUFS recently, and in this episode we investigate them. Is there any truth to these claims and statements ? (Hint - Yes !)
Along the way we also cover:
* Why loudness is like the weather
* How EQ affects loudness, and how we hear it
* Loudness on the radio
* The ideal podcast loudness
* What’s up with Spotify’s loudness recommendation
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
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I have a degree in audio engineering but the mastering part of my education was a bit lacking. This podcast is amazing. I love how Ian approaches from a music first standpoint and always wants to make decisions that are musical and sound good. He doesn’t get stuck on gear and tweaking, it’s all about the music. There’s a ton of great information in this podcast and I can’t wait to listen more!