AES New York 2009 Friday, October 9, 2:30 pm — 4:00 pm
W4 - Mastering in an Ever Expanding Universe (2009 and Beyond!)
Joe Palmaccio, The Place . . .For Mastering - Nashville, TN, USA
Vic Anesini, Battery Studios - New York, NY, USA
Andrew Mendelson, Georgetown Masters - Nashville, TN, USA
Michael Romanowski, Michael Romanowski Mastering - San Francisco, CA, USA
Mark Wilder, Battery Studios - New York, NY, USA
Change has touched every corner of the professional audio community. This is all too true for the once bedrock institution of mastering. Like its cousin, the multiroom recording studio, mastering engineers and the studios they work in have splintered into many smaller, customized businesses. This panel assembles both those who have made the leap from larger facilities to owner-operator models and those who continue to work at larger facilities. Together they will discuss a state of the state of mastering in 2009. Topics will include: The burgeoning business of artist funded projects. The state of surround mastering. Mastering engineers becoming mixers. The box, the whole box and nothing but mixing in the box. Loudness—is there a backlash against LOUD? Vinyl is dead? Not so fast! What used to take a day, now takes how long? Is anything like it used to be? Gear, techniques, and acoustics. What is the future of the full service mastering facility? Where are we headed in 2010?