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 #77 - Spotify disable their limiter (and other loudness news)
We round up a few different “loudness news” topics this episode, including:
* Why Spotify have removed their limiter
* But when they haven’t
* And what it means for the way your music will sound
* Plus, how the new loudness normalization options in Reaper might be useful for you
* But why you need to be careful with them
* What we think of Apple Music’s new lossless streaming feature
* And more !
Full show notes and links on our website
The Mastering Show #76 - Is stereo bass a problem on vinyl ?
People are interested in mastering for vinyl again - and stereo bass is a big problem, right? You should always mono it to avoid problems? Well actually, no. There are some challenges raised by a very wide stereo image on vinyl, especially in the bass, but as always it’s not as simple as it seems.
In this episode we talk to our guest Ian Stewart in-depth about this issue, and dig into some of the juicy detail on the topic, including:
* Why stereo bass is a problem on vinyl
* Why stereo bass isn't a problem on vinyl
* Why you might want to avoid it anyway
* And why you might not
* What all this has to do with mid-side, and secret hidden messages from the anti-phase
* The best plugins for dealing with low end width in mastering
* …and why they’re not perfect
Full show notes at https://themasteringshow.com/episode-76
The Mastering Show # 75 - Stem Mastering - or is it?
It’s either the most powerful mastering technique known to man, or it isn’t really mastering at all, depending who you ask. Some people love it, others hate it, and some are mortally offended just by it’s name.
Why does stem mastering provoke such passionate debate ? In this episode we dig into the topic to figure out the answers to these and other questions...
* What is stem mastering ?
* In fact, what really is a stem, anyway ?
* Why do some mixers find the idea offensive ?
* What are the benefits and pitfalls of stem mastering ?
* Why will stems often not sound exactly like the mix ?
* Does stem mastering really help your client ?
full show notes and links on our website
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
As Good As It Gets
Well-produced, insightful, and never annoying, this podcast is just about perfect. Well done.
Perfectly delivered and full of information.
Amazing Info and Mindset
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!