AES Warsaw 2015
Workshop W3

Friday, May 8, 09:00 — 11:00 (Room: Balowa)

W3 - Mixing Meets Mastering: Where the Line Becomes Blurred

Rob Toulson, Anglia Ruskin University - Cambridge, UK
George Massenburg, Schulich School of Music, McGill University - Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Mandy Parnell, Black Saloon Studios - London, UK
Darcy Proper, Wisseloord Studios - Hilversum, The Netherlands
Michael Romanowski, Michael Romanowski Mastering - San Francisco, CA, USA; Owner Coast Recorders
Ronald Prent, Wisseloord Studios - Eemnes, Netherlands

This workshop will discuss the evolution of mixing and mastering, particularly with reference to scenarios when the two practices become merged into one. There are a number of arguments for and against the use of mastering techniques at the mixing stage. For example, it can be argued that mix engineers need to take a greater responsibility towards dynamics and noise cancellation. Whereas, in contrast, the use of mix bus limiting when generating draft listening copies can confuse and falsify the sign-off process. Furthermore, mastering engineers might be tempted to work from mix stems, but does that mean they are effectively mixing as well as mastering the songs? We will also explore professional and home studio practices, innovative tools, and educational approaches

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