After more years than I can count I am still trying to figure out mastering.
This might seem kind of odd considering our own in-house mastering engineer, Gus Skinas, is one of the world’s most respected. Yet, still I struggle with defining exactly what they do.
I do know they volume adjust tracks on an album or disc. I also know they selectively EQ in order to average out the recordings. Sometimes too they add a touch of compression.
But beyond the obvious, there seems to be a bit of a mystery in the form of art. Like sorcerors holding tight the secrets of their craft.
In 2018 I interviewed the famous Bernie Grundman. If you’re interested in learning more about the art of mastering, this is a good one to listen to.
You can click here to hear the interview.
Whenever art is involved there’s inevitably going to be craft that cannot be put into specific instructions like do this when that happens.
Art is personal. At the end of the day, we’re listening to a person’s vision of how music should sound.