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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 • 206 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 #80 - You Asked, We Answered (or tried to!)

    The Mastering Show #80 - You Asked, We Answered (or tried to!)

    Time for another Q&A show! Thanks for all your comments, reviews and questions, please keep them coming.

    In this episode we tackle:

    * Are tools like SplitEQ fundamentally changing mastering?
    * Level automation - before or after the limiter?
    * Should you make separate masters for broadcast?
    * Can (and should) we correct absolute phase in mastering?
    * Do you need a dedicated headphone amp?
    * What have we changed our minds about in mastering, over the years?

    See full show notes and links on our website
    https://themasteringshow.com/episode-80

    • 33 min
    The Mastering Show #79 - Dan Worrall on non-linear processing

    The Mastering Show #79 - Dan Worrall on non-linear processing

    What is non-linear processing, and why does it matter? 

    In this episode we dive deep into the topic with our guest Dan Worrall, and talk about: what non-linear processing is, why it can sound great and when it can sound terrible, and how to know the difference. Along the way, we also discuss 
    * Is reverb non-linear ? And why it’s confusing
    * How linear processing makes top-down mixing a good idea
    * The difference between saturation and distortion
    * …and how to use them creatively
    * The difference between a perfect 5th and a power chord
    * ...and how to play chords on a trombone

    Full show notes on our website
    http://themasteringshow.com/episode-79

    • 45 min
    The Mastering Show #78 - These guidelines are NOT for you

    The Mastering Show #78 - These guidelines are NOT for you

    The Audio Engineering Society has just released new recommendations for the loudness levels streaming services should distribute their audio at - but they’re not for you and me.

    Having said that, understanding how they work is a powerful tool for predicting what will happen to your music when it's streamed. In this episode we talk about:

    * Who the TD1008 guidelines are for
    * Why they’re needed
    * How they can make normalization more effective (and more musical)
    * Why the numbers are slightly different for speech and music
    * What the numbers are, and why
    * Why you should care

    Full show notes on our website
    http://themasteringshow.com/episode-78

    • 40 min
    The Mastering Show #77 - Spotify disable their limiter (and other loudness news)

    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
    http://themasteringshow.com/episode-77

    • 39 min
    The Mastering Show #76 - Is stereo bass a problem on vinyl ?

    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

    • 50 min
    The Mastering Show # 75 - Stem Mastering - or is it?

    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
    http://themasteringshow.com/episode-75

    • 33 min

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206 Ratings

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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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Excellent and super helpful!

This podcast is full of relevant, useful and very interesting info! Thanks guys!!

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Incredibly valuable!!

Thank you so much for developing this show! You have taught me so much! I can not recommend this podcast to enough people! This should be in every musicians playlist! Fantastic show 10 stars!!!

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