The Mastering Show #93 - Do you NEED to be mastering loud ?
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by Ian Shepherd
4d ago
I’m always arguing for balanced dynamics rather than loudness for it’s own sake, but some people have a different opinion - high loudness is important, and even beneficial. Nick Di Lorenzo is one of them - he says that loudness is important regularly on his YouTube channel. So in this episode I invited him on to explore that idea in more detail, and really get into the nuances of the topic. Do you need to be mastering loud ? Topics include: * The practicalities of loudness * What makes things sound loud anyway ? * Record labels versus loudness * Why loudness IS important * Why LUFS don’t matte ..read more
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The Mastering Show Podcast #92 - These are not the LUFS you are looking for
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by Ian Shepherd
4M ago
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 integrate ..read more
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The Mastering Show #90 - Inter-sample peaks and True Peak limiting - the devilish details
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by Ian Shepherd
9M ago
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 importa ..read more
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The Mastering Show #89 - Sonic Fundamentals for Podcasters with Matt Boudreau
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by Ian Shepherd
11M ago
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 e ..read more
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The Mastering Show EP #88 - Do DJs REALLY want loud masters ?
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by Ian Shepherd
1y ago
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 ..read more
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The Mastering Show Podcast #87 - Fix mastering problems - in the recording !
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by Ian Shepherd
1y ago
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 ..read more
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The Mastering Show Podcast #86 - Mastering plugins - technical versus creative
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by Ian Shepherd
1y ago
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 favour ..read more
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The Mastering Show Podcast #85 - Mixerman versus Mastering
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by Ian Shepherd
2y ago
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 d ..read more
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Don't Miss This...
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by Ian Shepherd
2y ago
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A quick heads-up !
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by Ian Shepherd
2y ago
Not a full episode, but something you might be interested in, hopefully ? For more information about Perception AB: www.meterplugs.com/perception-ab Mastering demo: https://www.meterplugs.com/blog/2022/06/14/mastering-with-perception-ab.html Mixing demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKTuxK3ThAk ..read more
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