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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 • 215 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 #86 - Mastering plugins - technical versus creative

    The Mastering Show Podcast #86 - Mastering plugins - technical versus creative

    As mastering plugins become more sophisticated and more technical, there’s an interesting trend towards making the interfaces… less so.

    As well as traditional technical terms and numbered scales, controls labelled with less technical terms like “warmth”, “bite” and “colour” are becoming more common. And some interfaces are just… bizarre !

    Is that good ? Or not ? In this episode Jon and I like at some more unconventional plugin user interface designs, and discuss:

    Why technical interfaces can be a problem
    When a more creative approach can be a good thing...
    …and when it’s not
    Some of our favourite ‘unconventional' plugin designs
    But are they better than just closing our eyes ?!
    Should plugins emulate the design of the hardware
    And does it make them sound better ?!?

    Full show notes - http://themasteringshow.com/episode-86

    • 40 min
    The Mastering Show Podcast #85 - Mixerman versus Mastering

    The Mastering Show Podcast #85 - Mixerman versus Mastering

    You’ve probably heard of Eric Sarafin, aka Mixerman, but have you heard what he has to say about mastering ?

    As always it’s entertaining, potentially controversial but also thought-provoking, so it seemed like a good idea to get him on the show and ask him to explain himself ! We talk about:

    * Why he thinks if you don’t make money from your music, you shouldn’t pay for mastering
    * Whether an online mastering service is actually a better option for a musician starting out (gasp)
    * Eric's favourite limiter, how he uses it and why
    * How loud he makes his mixes
    * Recent potentially game-changing developments...
    * And why they might make mastering engineers obsolete !


    Full show notes on our website
    https://themasteringshow.com/episode-85

    • 53 min
    The Mastering Show #84 - Apple switch to LUFS and enable Sound Check by default

    The Mastering Show #84 - Apple switch to LUFS and enable Sound Check by default

    This is huge - Apple have finally started using LUFS for their loudness normalisation, which means all the major streaming services now use the same method to measure loudness !

    And perhaps more importantly, they’ve enable Sound Check by default on new devices. As always there are plenty of devilish details to be aware of though, so in this episode we talk in detail about this change, including:

    * Why it’s so important
    * How much music online is REALLY normalised anyway ?
    * Why the answer is surprising to many musicians and engineers
    * Why Apple finally made this change
    * A few quirks and gotchas
    * Why it’s good news
    * And what to do about it (and what NOT to do!)

    Full show notes on our website
    https://themasteringshow.com/episode-84

    • 41 min
    The Mastering Show #83 - Mastering for clubs & DJs with Luca Pretolesi

    The Mastering Show #83 - Mastering for clubs & DJs with Luca Pretolesi

    In this episode we tackle one of the biggest challenges in modern mastering - the demand for super-loud masters in the dance & EDM genres.

    Our guest is Luca Pretolesi, and we talk to him in-depth about his approach to mastering for clubs & DJs. Luca’s masters are loud and we're always emphasising the value of balanced dynamics in mastering on this show, so you might think it would be an uncomfortable conversation... or you might be surprised.

    Some of the topics we cover include:

    * Why do DJs demand loud masters for club playback ?
    * Luca’s strategy to deliver this without sacrificing dynamics for streaming
    * Hint - it’s NOT all about limiting and compression
    * How loud Luca's masters are (which may not be quite as loud as you think)
    * The club genres that DON’T demand extreme loudness
    * Where things might go in future

    Full show notes on our website
    https://themasteringshow.com/episode-83

    • 55 min
    The Mastering Show #82 - Dynamics in Dolby Atmost - Nick Rives Interview

    The Mastering Show #82 - Dynamics in Dolby Atmost - Nick Rives Interview

    Dolby Atmos has moved the goalposts for loudness, all the way down to -18 LUFS.

    This was one of the main topics of conversation for this year’s Dynamic Range Day, with the Atmos versions of 5 albums being nominated for the award - and in fact, the overall winner was an Atmos mix & master.

    In this episode I talk to Nick Rives from Capitol Studios, who mixed the winning album, and we discuss:

    * Nick's approach to mixing immersive audio
    * How he got started with Dolby Atmos
    * Using spatial effects to enhance the musical impact
    * How the -18 LUFS guideline works in practise
    * The benefits and challenges of Atmos dynamics

    Full show notes on our website
    https://themasteringshow.com/episode-82

    • 32 min
    #81 - Dolby Atmos Mastering

    #81 - Dolby Atmos Mastering

    Apple’s announcement of Dolby Atmos support has caused an explosion of interest in the format - after all, it means almost any iOS user can stream immersive audio, even if they only have a pair of earbuds to listen on. But how does that even work? And for that matter, what is Dolby Atmos, and why should we care? And what about mastering for Atmos? Is it possible, or even necessary? 

    In this episode we talk to Mike Hillier from Metropolis, and producer and mixer Emre Ramazanoglu about all things Atmos, including:
    * Why Atmos is different
    * Why mastering in Atmos is different
    * How it works in practise
    * Why the binaural render is so important - and what is binaural ?
    * Why binaural Atmos sounds different on Apple devices
    * How does head-tracking affect all this ?
    * Getting started working in Atmos


    Full show notes on our website
    http://themasteringshow.com/episode-81

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
215 Ratings

215 Ratings

noisefarm9 ,

Always worth the time

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

blankfortstudio ,

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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