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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 Ian Shepherd

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    • 4.9 • 222 Ratings

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 Podcast #92 - These are not the LUFS you are looking for

    The Mastering Show Podcast #92 - These are not the LUFS you are looking for

    You can't go a day without someone telling you how loud your music should be, these days.

    "Everything has to be -8 LUFS"
    "EDM has to be -6 LUFS or louder"
    "-11 is the perfect balance"
    "Just master everything to -14"

    ...but they can't all be right !

    In fact, none of them are, and even more importantly, they may not even be talking about the same thing. And the differences are really important. So in this episode I try explain really clearly and concisely:

    The 3 different types of LUFS
    The difference between them
    Why it’s crucial to know which type you’re talking about
    Why mastering to integrated targets makes no sense
    When -14 LUFS isn’t loud enough – and why ?
    Why it’s not about ‘how loud’, it’s about how you make it loud
    Why integrated LUFS values are the result, not the goal of mastering


    Full show notes on our website
    https://themasteringshow.com/episode-92

    • 17 min
    The Mastering Show # 91 - Mixing and mastering music for the movies with Alan Meyerson

    The Mastering Show # 91 - Mixing and mastering music for the movies with Alan Meyerson

    It’s virtually impossible that you haven’t heard music of some kind mixed by Alan Meyerson by this point - he’s one of the most prolific and successful film score mixers in the business.

    And luckily for us, he’s also super-generous and open about the information he shares, including his perspectives on mixing and ‘mastering’ music for the movies. So in this episode we dig deep into all the details, including topics like:
    * Is there really such a thing as ‘mastering’ for film ?
    * What needs to be delivered, and what is the process ?
    * How loud does it need to be - are there any standards ?
    * When does Alan deliver mixes in Atmos, and why ?
    * How he uses the centre channel and surround channels
    * Why you might want to use saturation or pitch-shifting (!) in a movie score mix

    Show notes

    http://themasteringshow.com/episode-91

    • 52 min
    The Mastering Show #90 - Inter-sample peaks and True Peak limiting - the devilish details

    The Mastering Show #90 - Inter-sample peaks and True Peak limiting - the devilish details

    Everyone is talking about inter-sample peaks and True Peak limiters - or in fact it’s more accurate to say they’re arguing about whether ISPs are audible or not, and whether True Peak limiters sound bad !

    In this episode I’m joined by Alexey Lukin, iZotope’s “godfather of RX”, to talk in detail about exactly what ISPs are and why they’re so confusing - including:

    * How are inter-sample peaks measured, and why do you see different results with different meters ?
    * What are DSP overshoot peaks, and how are they different ?
    * What does over-sampling have to do with all this, and why is it important ?
    * Do True Peak limiters really sound bad, and how should we test them ?
    * Why will they NOT prevent lossy decoder clipping, sometimes ? And
    * What the hell are we supposed to do about all this ?!?

    • 46 min
    The Mastering Show #89 - Sonic Fundamentals for Podcasters with Matt Boudreau

    The Mastering Show #89 - Sonic Fundamentals for Podcasters with Matt Boudreau

    If you’re not already listening to Matt Boudreau’s fantastic podcast Working Class Audio, you need to start now !

    Matt is a highly respected mixing and mastering engineer who has recently moved into working in Dolby Atmos, where he’s already picked up some seriously impressive credits - oh, and also produces one of the top Audio podcasts around.

    Which is why if I try to think of anyone better to learn the fundamentals of good audio for podcasting and journalism from… well, I can’t. And the great news is that Matt has put together a new “PodClass” course to help people with just that.

    In this episode we talk about the course and what inspired it, but also plenty of other great stuff, including

    Making the move from pro musician to audio engineer
    Getting started in Atmos - workflow, dynamics and more
    Work-Life balance - is it better to be a lark, or a night-owl ?
    The secret advantages of running your own podcast...
    …and the crucial importance of great audio (And what it has to do with COVID lockdowns !)


    Enjoy - and if you want to try Matt’s course, make sure to use the discount code TMS to get a 30% discount and help support The Mastering Show at the same time !

    • 46 min
    The Mastering Show EP #88 - Do DJs REALLY want loud masters ?

    The Mastering Show EP #88 - Do DJs REALLY want loud masters ?

    DJs get a lot of flak, especially about loudness. There’s a deep-seated belief that “loud” masters are still a requirement for club music, and that DJs are somehow to blame.

    But is this fair ? The reality is much more complicated and interesting than the popular cliche that DJs will only play loud masters, and in this episode Ian dives deep into the issue with Joe Caithness, who works as both a DJ and a mastering engineer. Topics include:

    The reality of DJ-ing
    The problem with peaks
    Loudness ? Or consistency ?
    The power of Pioneer
    The shocking missed opportunity of loudness metadata
    The ‘sound’ of loudness

    And much more !

    Full shownotes on our site
    https://themasteringshow.com/episode-88

    • 1 hr 23 min
    The Mastering Show Podcast #87 - Fix mastering problems - in the recording !

    The Mastering Show Podcast #87 - Fix mastering problems - in the recording !

    It’s amazing what mastering can achieve - but it’s also amazing how many things can influence the results we get right from the recording stage.

    In this episode Ian talks to Mike Senior about how to fix mastering problems at the recording stage, without using a time machine ! Topics include how to avoid:

    Muddy mids
    Harsh guitars
    Sibilance
    Resonant snares
    Boomy or hollow vocals
    Exposed vocals
    Stereo image issues

    And many more !

    Links

    Mike has put together a fantastic page of resources for this episode, including an excellent video about stereo mic technique - click here make sure you check it out !

    https://cambridge-mt.com/misc/mastering-show-2212-resources/

    https://themasteringshow.com/episode-87

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
222 Ratings

222 Ratings

noisefarm9 ,

Always worth the time

I’ve learned so much useful information from these podcasts. Thanks Ian and John.

BlanketFortRecordings ,

The best.

Great info and insight every time.

lbmus ,

My go-to Audio Mixing Podcast!

The show has cleared up so many unanswered questions, especially in the world of the
“loudness war.” I will keep these episodes as a source of ongoing reference. Well done!!!

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