Heading North Goes to '6'

Sep 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

Mastering engineer Ron Skinner’s Heading North Mastering (Toronto) now boasts the SADiE 6 software platform. “The most important change is the ability to switch from SADiE hardware to native hardware and back again,” says Skinner. “This is especially helpful when clients bring in their own I/O. SADiE 6 also gives me the ability to record on any CD burner; not being tied to my Plextor has been great and gives me more options. Clients are astounded at how quickly and accurately I can make an edit. ...

Music: Disc Cutting at Grundman

Jul 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

Recording engineer Ryan Hewitt booked Bernie Grundman Mastering’s disc mastering studio for the vinyl release of Flogging Molly’s Speed of Darkness. Recorded at Echo Mountain Studios (Asheville, N.C.) and Sonic Ranch (El Paso, Texas), the album was digitally mastered at 96k/24-bit for vinyl by Dave Collins at Dave Collins Mastering and at 44.1k/16-bit for CD and online release. “We came to Bernie to cut the best lacquer we can for manufacturing,” says Hewitt. “The person who buys vinyl wants to hear the maximum fidelity.” ...

Cloud Computing | Mastering

May 1, 2011, By Barbara Schultz

Mastering is possibly the most solitary job in the music-production chain. An engineer with a pair of golden ears and a collection of singular equipment works alone in a pristine room, turning mixes of all sorts into dynamic, polished records. However, mastering pros, like recording engineers and mixers, are in a service business; pleasing clients remains their ultimate goal, and collaboration is a crucial part of their process. ...

Studio Profile: Meadows Joins Mayfield

Feb 1, 2011, By Barbara Schultz

Glenn Meadows, the revered mastering engineer whose name was long synonymous with Masterfonics Studios, joined Mayfield Mastering several months ago and recently went online with a new room within the facility. Meadows worked with Mayfield associate Mike Poston and contractor John Poston (Mike Poston’s son) to maximize the usability of an 18x16-foot room, and employ the acoustical principles that Meadows has learned after decades of working in Tom Hidley–designed studios. ...

Apple Records Remasters

Jan 1, 2011, By Rick Clark

Now out, from the team that remastered The Beatles’ catalog: The Apple Remasters. The Beatles’ legendary label has reissued 15 of its best-known albums, beautifully remastered with original artwork and many bonus tracks. These albums will also be available as digital downloads. ...

Music: Fran Healy Masters 'Wreckorder' at The Lodge

Dec 1, 2010, By Barbara Schultz

Fran Healy, frontman for the band Travis, was at The Lodge (New York City) to master his latest solo album, Wreckorder, with mastering engineer Joe LaPorta and chief mastering engineer Emily Lazar. ...

Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Q&A

Dec 1, 2010, By Barbara Schultz

Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Interviewed by Mix magazine in December 2010 issue by Barbara Schultz ...

Music: Bruce Springsteen

Dec 1, 2010, By Barbara Schultz

Anyone who’s seen Bruce Springsteen in concert knows that The Boss doesn’t hold back; when he and the E Street Band are onstage, they’re giving their audience all they’ve got. Why play for an hour when you can go for two—or three? Why fade out when there can be “One more time!”? So if Springsteen’s going to issue a box set, it’s not going to be an early LP wrapped up with a few bonus tracks and a taller booklet...

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