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The Mastering Show

Ian Shepherd

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The Mastering Show

The Mastering Show

Ian Shepherd

26
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59
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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.

Latest Episodes

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 Endless...

39 minJUN 17
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The Mastering Show #72 - Off-topic but SO good !

The Mastering Show #71 - Remote audio - mixing, mastering and more

Real-time remote audio work IS possible - with surprising quality and flexibility ! In this show I’ll describe techniques and strategies to help you mix, master, teach and even record remotely - and even suggest some ways to jam live. Kind of. Amongst other things I’ll describe how to: Stream lossless, low-latency audio to any DAW or browser, for up to 40 people Combine this audio stream with multi-user video chat Screenshare in sync for easier collaboration during mixing, mastering and even recording Take control of someone else’s screen for teaching or training purposes Use other people’s analogue gear in your project “Jam” virtually online - on an iPhone ! Thanks to Ian Stewart and Lij Shaw for help with ideas and testing for this episode. Check out the website for full links and show notes http://themasteringshow.com/episode-71

28 minAPR 8
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The Mastering Show #71 - Remote audio - mixing, mastering and more

The Mastering Show #70 - Mastering Billie Eilish - Loudness versus Art

Our guest this episode is LA mastering engineer John Greenham who just won a Grammy for his work on Billie Eilish’s album. We talk to him about how he came to work with Billie, and dig into his work on the album in depth, discussing topics including: * John’s mastering chain and philosophy * Whether “Xanny” is the loudest song ever * How to get RMS levels above zero (!) * Loudness, confidence and client relations * Are loud mixes a problem for mastering engineers ? * What it’s like to win a Grammy http://themasteringshow.com/episode-70/

51 minFEB 29
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The Mastering Show #70 - Mastering Billie Eilish - Loudness versus Art

The Mastering Show #69 - Good versus GREAT mastering

We talk on this show about making a master sound great all the time - but what does that mean ? How can you tell the difference between a good or a great master, or whether you’re doing great work yourself, or not ? In this episode we discuss all these questions, plus: * Is it even possible to tell a good or a great master ? If not, why not ? * Is it about great sound, or great work ? * Why “great” doesn’t have to mean “perfect” * What about great re-masters ? * How to know if you’re doing great work * The only person who can really decide Full show notes and links on our website http://themasteringshow.com/episode-69

32 minJAN 29
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The Mastering Show #69 - Good versus GREAT mastering

The Mastering Show #68 - Restoring Dynamics

I often get asked if it’s possible to restore dynamics to a heavily limited, clipped or compressed source, to achieve a more dynamic master. The answer is… it’s complicated ! So in this episode we do our best to answer the question. Topics include: Why you shouldn’t do this When you might have to do this When doing this is a bad idea How to do it (the simple way, the complicated way and the really messy way) How compression can sometimes add dynamics What these techniques can never do Full links and shownotes on our website: http://themasteringshow.com/episode-86

40 min2019 DEC 21
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The Mastering Show #68 - Restoring Dynamics

The Mastering Show #67 - Minus 14 LUFS - or NOT ?

People are talking about minus 14 LUFS loudness more and more these days, but why ? What does this number mean, where does it come from, and why should you care ? In this episode we answer all these questions and more, including: * Which streaming services are using -14 LUFS * Why Spotify aren’t using -14 LUFS, and why it matters * Why you shouldn’t use minus 14 LUFS as a target (or any number) but * Why it’s still important and useful to know about anyway * Will mastering to -14 LUFS make your music sound bad ?!? Full links and show notes on the website http://themasteringshow.com/episode-67

39 min2019 NOV 15
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The Mastering Show #67 - Minus 14 LUFS - or NOT ?

Bad News and Good News

Hello The bad news is there is no regular podcast for you this week. There will not be a new episode until Ian's voice improves but in the meantime we'd like to let you know about two excellent podcast episodes where Ian was a guest for Twenty Thousand Hertz. (that's the good news) The [COMPRESSED] History of Mastering https://www.20k.org/episodes/historyofmastering The Loudness Wars https://www.20k.org/episodes/loudnesswars Dallas from 20K was our guest on episode 63 http://themasteringshow.com/episode-63/ If you're a fan of The Mastering Show we're sure you'll also love these episodes.

3 min2019 OCT 31
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Bad News and Good News

The Mastering Show #66 - Good Questions

Time for another Q&A episode ! As always you’ve been asking great questions, so in this episode we discuss: * Why Ian talks too much * How dynamic is too dynamic ? * Fade-outs - before or after compression ? * How has the loudness war changed production and arrangement styles ? * Mastering for gaming streams (like Twitch TV) * Mastering in different genres http://themasteringshow.com/episode-66

34 min2019 SEP 20
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The Mastering Show #66 - Good Questions

The Mastering Show #65 - Making money from mastering

Can you make money from mastering ? And if so, how ? If you’re already charging people for your work, how can you be more effective and productive ? Our guest in this episode is Graham Cochrane from the Recording Revolution website, which has been so successful that he’s started helping other people use some of the same ideas and strategies to get them started making money in the audio business themselves. You don’t have to be an audio blogger or YouTuber to achieve this - in this episode we talk about strategies anyone can use: * How to get started charging money from mastering * How to decide how much to charge * What makes you different - why people really might choose you to master their music, even though you don’t have a million-dollar studio or a legendary credit list * Simple strategies to become more effective and efficient with almost everything you do in your business * Why telling some clients to use online mastering instead of you might actually be a good business s...

59 min2019 AUG 24
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The Mastering Show #65 - Making money from mastering

The Mastering Show #64 - Aliasing - is it digital audio's Achilles Heel ?

There’s been lots of buzz and discussion about aliasing online recently, and lots of confusion, too. Is it a flaw in the whole idea of digital audio ? Does it explain why analogue modelling plugins can never sound exactly like the real thing ? Or is it just inaudible mathematical theorising ? In this episode we try to answer all these questions, plus Ian attempts to give an easy visual explanation of what aliasing is and how it relates to audio, with - er… questionable results. Along the way discuss: * What wagon wheels have to do with audio sampling * And vinyl turntables * And digital audio * How (and why) to avoid aliasing * Why high sample rates may help and * Why all this is important when using plugins Full Show Notes http://themasteringshow.com/episode-64

28 min2019 JUL 23
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The Mastering Show #64 - Aliasing - is it digital audio's Achilles Heel ?

Latest Episodes

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 Endless...

39 minJUN 17
Comments
The Mastering Show #72 - Off-topic but SO good !

The Mastering Show #71 - Remote audio - mixing, mastering and more

Real-time remote audio work IS possible - with surprising quality and flexibility ! In this show I’ll describe techniques and strategies to help you mix, master, teach and even record remotely - and even suggest some ways to jam live. Kind of. Amongst other things I’ll describe how to: Stream lossless, low-latency audio to any DAW or browser, for up to 40 people Combine this audio stream with multi-user video chat Screenshare in sync for easier collaboration during mixing, mastering and even recording Take control of someone else’s screen for teaching or training purposes Use other people’s analogue gear in your project “Jam” virtually online - on an iPhone ! Thanks to Ian Stewart and Lij Shaw for help with ideas and testing for this episode. Check out the website for full links and show notes http://themasteringshow.com/episode-71

28 minAPR 8
Comments
The Mastering Show #71 - Remote audio - mixing, mastering and more

The Mastering Show #70 - Mastering Billie Eilish - Loudness versus Art

Our guest this episode is LA mastering engineer John Greenham who just won a Grammy for his work on Billie Eilish’s album. We talk to him about how he came to work with Billie, and dig into his work on the album in depth, discussing topics including: * John’s mastering chain and philosophy * Whether “Xanny” is the loudest song ever * How to get RMS levels above zero (!) * Loudness, confidence and client relations * Are loud mixes a problem for mastering engineers ? * What it’s like to win a Grammy http://themasteringshow.com/episode-70/

51 minFEB 29
Comments
The Mastering Show #70 - Mastering Billie Eilish - Loudness versus Art

The Mastering Show #69 - Good versus GREAT mastering

We talk on this show about making a master sound great all the time - but what does that mean ? How can you tell the difference between a good or a great master, or whether you’re doing great work yourself, or not ? In this episode we discuss all these questions, plus: * Is it even possible to tell a good or a great master ? If not, why not ? * Is it about great sound, or great work ? * Why “great” doesn’t have to mean “perfect” * What about great re-masters ? * How to know if you’re doing great work * The only person who can really decide Full show notes and links on our website http://themasteringshow.com/episode-69

32 minJAN 29
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The Mastering Show #69 - Good versus GREAT mastering

The Mastering Show #68 - Restoring Dynamics

I often get asked if it’s possible to restore dynamics to a heavily limited, clipped or compressed source, to achieve a more dynamic master. The answer is… it’s complicated ! So in this episode we do our best to answer the question. Topics include: Why you shouldn’t do this When you might have to do this When doing this is a bad idea How to do it (the simple way, the complicated way and the really messy way) How compression can sometimes add dynamics What these techniques can never do Full links and shownotes on our website: http://themasteringshow.com/episode-86

40 min2019 DEC 21
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The Mastering Show #68 - Restoring Dynamics

The Mastering Show #67 - Minus 14 LUFS - or NOT ?

People are talking about minus 14 LUFS loudness more and more these days, but why ? What does this number mean, where does it come from, and why should you care ? In this episode we answer all these questions and more, including: * Which streaming services are using -14 LUFS * Why Spotify aren’t using -14 LUFS, and why it matters * Why you shouldn’t use minus 14 LUFS as a target (or any number) but * Why it’s still important and useful to know about anyway * Will mastering to -14 LUFS make your music sound bad ?!? Full links and show notes on the website http://themasteringshow.com/episode-67

39 min2019 NOV 15
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The Mastering Show #67 - Minus 14 LUFS - or NOT ?

Bad News and Good News

Hello The bad news is there is no regular podcast for you this week. There will not be a new episode until Ian's voice improves but in the meantime we'd like to let you know about two excellent podcast episodes where Ian was a guest for Twenty Thousand Hertz. (that's the good news) The [COMPRESSED] History of Mastering https://www.20k.org/episodes/historyofmastering The Loudness Wars https://www.20k.org/episodes/loudnesswars Dallas from 20K was our guest on episode 63 http://themasteringshow.com/episode-63/ If you're a fan of The Mastering Show we're sure you'll also love these episodes.

3 min2019 OCT 31
Comments
Bad News and Good News

The Mastering Show #66 - Good Questions

Time for another Q&A episode ! As always you’ve been asking great questions, so in this episode we discuss: * Why Ian talks too much * How dynamic is too dynamic ? * Fade-outs - before or after compression ? * How has the loudness war changed production and arrangement styles ? * Mastering for gaming streams (like Twitch TV) * Mastering in different genres http://themasteringshow.com/episode-66

34 min2019 SEP 20
Comments
The Mastering Show #66 - Good Questions

The Mastering Show #65 - Making money from mastering

Can you make money from mastering ? And if so, how ? If you’re already charging people for your work, how can you be more effective and productive ? Our guest in this episode is Graham Cochrane from the Recording Revolution website, which has been so successful that he’s started helping other people use some of the same ideas and strategies to get them started making money in the audio business themselves. You don’t have to be an audio blogger or YouTuber to achieve this - in this episode we talk about strategies anyone can use: * How to get started charging money from mastering * How to decide how much to charge * What makes you different - why people really might choose you to master their music, even though you don’t have a million-dollar studio or a legendary credit list * Simple strategies to become more effective and efficient with almost everything you do in your business * Why telling some clients to use online mastering instead of you might actually be a good business s...

59 min2019 AUG 24
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The Mastering Show #65 - Making money from mastering

The Mastering Show #64 - Aliasing - is it digital audio's Achilles Heel ?

There’s been lots of buzz and discussion about aliasing online recently, and lots of confusion, too. Is it a flaw in the whole idea of digital audio ? Does it explain why analogue modelling plugins can never sound exactly like the real thing ? Or is it just inaudible mathematical theorising ? In this episode we try to answer all these questions, plus Ian attempts to give an easy visual explanation of what aliasing is and how it relates to audio, with - er… questionable results. Along the way discuss: * What wagon wheels have to do with audio sampling * And vinyl turntables * And digital audio * How (and why) to avoid aliasing * Why high sample rates may help and * Why all this is important when using plugins Full Show Notes http://themasteringshow.com/episode-64

28 min2019 JUL 23
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The Mastering Show #64 - Aliasing - is it digital audio's Achilles Heel ?
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