Welcome to the second episode of the FJ‘s Truth About Recording & Mixing podcast, hosted by Crackle & Pop!‘s Johnny Sangster.
This week’s episode features mastering engineer Rachel Field for a discussion about mastering, vinyl in the current day, levels for streaming audio and the need for more women in audio.
Some topics discussed this week:
1:00 Examples of phase discrepancies from a recent drum recording at Crackle & Pop!
6:25 Listener topic: Zoom’s “original audio” feature
8:00 Listener topic: Beginner recordist & condenser mics
11:15 Special guest: Rachel Field / observations when listening to vinyl
15:20 A little history on the loudness wars and what’s happening today with streaming
21:40 Brickwall limiting and how that affects vinyl cutting
24:35 Rachel’s mastering chain, box by box
31:35 Which first, level or tone?
35:15 Using analog tape in the mastering chain
37:40 Recent projects in the mastering studio
39:50 Advice for the home recordists / mixers
45:20 Using spectrum analyzers
49:00 Navigating the mastering process and more on standards from streaming services
1:03:00 Why aren’t there more women engineers & producers? Resources for women in audio.
1:08:30 More about Rachel’s path from student to engineer
Submit your questions for Johnny by sending us a voice memo or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Truth About Recording & Mixing is a bi-weekly podcast produced by the Fretboard Journal magazine, loosely based on our Truth About Vintage Amps Q&A podcast. If you enjoy it, please leave us a review and share it with friends.
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