What Is Mastering? | The Occasional Podcast

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Have you ever wondered what the heck Mastering is? I mean, we have tons of “Remasters” available for purchase, but what does that really mean? PTA contributor Dave McNair leads us though the maze of music production and into the final steps of music mastering in this week’s show of The Occasional Podcast.

In this episode of The Occasional Podcast we seek to answer all these burning questions and more thanks to Dave’s main gig as a mastering engineer and Grover Neville who also produces and masters. The interview touches on everything from client services to EQ to the evolution of the role over time. Like most of music production, things have really changed with the advent of digital and other advances in recording technologies. The duo also discusses some of the nuances in remastered albums, and sometimes why every remaster isn’t always better the previous version.

Our show this week also marks the end of season 3 of TOP and beginning of season 4. Season three was a memorable one, seeing interviews with such audio legends as Dan D’Agostino, Jeff Joseph, Sonus Faber and most recently Nelson Pass. We have some even bigger surprises in store for our listeners coming up, along with some pretty insightful explorations and discovery into digital, analog and the production side of music with how it relates to high fidelity. If you haven’t heard our guide to getting into reel-to-reel playback from last season, it’s definitely worth a listen.

Episode 1 of Season 4 also sees the return of co-host Bryan Beasley, who talks about his experience going viral with some of his art during the stay-at-home break. You can stream it all direct from the embed below or subscribe to The Occasional Podcast on your favorite podcast platform including iTunes, AndroidGoogle, Deezer, Spotify, iHeartRadio and more.

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