Big names in mastering

nomos

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I'm becoming increasingly fascinated with mastering and the usually quite anonymous, often overlooked, art-science of shaping the final sounds of records. Also interested in styles/approaches of the people tasked with the paradoxical job of lending their touch to a record, after it's left the hands of the artist/producer, while also being somewhat transparent about it.

So.. roll call? Who should I be looking up? Any style, any time.
 

nomos

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Kind of obvious way to start, around here:

Jason Goz - Probably better known as Jason from Transition. Much celebrated as the man who knows how to do dubstep bass. More interesting though, is the hand he had in shaping the sound of dubstep, as a whole, early on doing work for multiple artists and labels with, originally at least, Plastic People and Mass sound systems as his main testing grounds. Not to ignore Transition's client list which includes Shaka and, um, Natasha Beddingfield.

What's struck me lately though, is that I've been noticing his name in more far flung places, largely, it seems, through an association with Touch Records for whom he's handled releases by bass-minimalist Eleh, the Spire Live organ series, and a weighty noise piece by Mika Vaino.
 
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nomos

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I remember Dj Chef calling this his bible

...and a thread where bass enthusiasts were asking Jason questions about EQing as if he had the magic codes to loosen their bowels and give their girlfriends orgasms (or thereabouts). I tried to interview him a few years ago, but he disappeared after we started.

The last Woofah had a great story on the related but partly different matter of cutting houses. Again so much secrecy.

I used to know names in hip-hop but I forgot most of them.
 
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luka

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Staff member
bob power is the most famous name in hip-hop.... im sure polystyle knows all this stuf...
 

michael

Bring out the vacuum
Brian Gardner is the one behind Dr Dre's Chronic 2001, which people always harp on about. Big sound.


'Tis such a dark art. I should buy that book upthread.
 

connect_icut

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Talking of D&M, I believe Moritz Von Oswald is doing all the vinyl mastering for Honest Jon's. I dread to think what he said when he was presented with the Actress album. "Oh, shall I add some more compression to this then?"
 

Richard Carnage

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Talking of D&M, I believe Moritz Von Oswald is doing all the vinyl mastering for Honest Jon's. I dread to think what he said when he was presented with the Actress album. "Oh, shall I add some more compression to this then?"
I think he may just be doing their reggae releases. CGB did the Actress stuff on HJ.
 

Sectionfive

bandwagon house
Leon Chue at Music House. Really good. He started Carnival weekend September 95, queue for dubs was 14 hours long :)

 
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Leo

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I love this George Peckham interview...


Beatles to No U Turn. Funny guy too.
Wow, didn't realize he's the guy behind Porky Prime Cuts! So many great records from back in the day have that engraved into the runoff grooves. Learn something new every day, thanks for sharing Nomos.
 
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