15 November 2022
"I'm all about finding the loudness sweet spot. Mastering is all about balance. It's not about matching. You don't wanna make all the songs sound the same or be the same loudness. Everything is unique and wants to be treated the best possibly. But it's about balancing things." - Ian Shepherd
Ian Shepheard is a Mastering Engineer and world-renowned advocate for prioritising sound-quality over loudness. He's the master-mind behind the Productionadvice website as well as Dynamic Range Day. Over the last twenty years, Ian has worked on thousands of CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, including several number one singles and award-winning albums, including Tricky, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Deep Purple and many, many more.
In this episode:
Ian is a sound engineer with over 20 years of experience in the industry.
He explains the importance of having a well-designed recording studio with good acoustics.
He highlights the role of a sound engineer in optimising sound quality, and how this involves selecting the right microphones, monitors, and signal processors.
Ian emphasises the importance of capturing sound as accurately as possible during recording, and how this can be achieved through proper microphone placement and using the right equipment.
He also discusses the role of mastering in the music production process, and how this helps ensure a consistent sound across an album or collection of songs.
Ian shares his experience working with various artists, and how he approaches each project with a unique perspective to achieve the desired sound.
Finally, Ian emphasises the importance of communication and collaboration between the artist, producer, and sound engineer to achieve the best possible result.
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