Today I Shall be Mostly… MASTERIN’!
Except I shan’t be mostly mastering because in all honestly I have no fucking idea what that is. Apparently it is tweaking the teeny-tiniest of things in the final mix of a song and still somehow making the most significant of differences. I’ve heard a good masterer get the most amazing clarity of instrumentation from a shitty, over-compressed mp3 file, to the extent that it sounded amazing on vinyl.
We tend to use Reuben Taylor for our mastering these days. As well as being a lovely (if slightly mental) fellow, he does an amazing job for a very reasonable fee in a very short space of time. He was responsible for the Meursault All Creatures vinyl, as well as the gorgeous Rob St. John record and the King Post Kitsch Honeytone EP.
Anyhow, today Rory Sutherland, who helped me record and engineer the record, and I will be off with the final mixes for the split 12″ we’ve been recording with Waiters, Sex Hands, Dolfinz and PAWS and this will be the first time I have witnessed the process first hand. So I’ll be sure to tell you what unspeakable wizardry takes place in the mastering suite. Assuming, of course, that I understand any of it at all.
All these photos were taken by the fantastic Nic Rue. Except the shit one. That was Rory.dolfinz, nic rue, paws, reuben taylor, sex hands, waiters