When a band comes to masterdisk with their material in hand, what happens next? Can you explain the process?
Simply put -mastering maximizes your mix for the medium which it will be released. Vinyl 12 inch? CD? Time to
make sure it is at a very contemporary level, and sound quality.. Every situation is different. Many times,
records recorded and mixed in the same room, by the same person, at approximately the same time, will need the
same type of mastering treatment. Although I would point out-this is not the case with Beastie Boys
sessions.... Be ready for anything...
Over the years the Beastie Boys have relied on Masterdisk time and time again. Is there a lot of competition
in business or are there only a handful of places that do that level of mastering?
Just like anywhere in the music biz-you find a ton of competition.... A handful of places struggling to
maintain their place.... These days any bozo with a computer and a plugin can make things LOUD, but most
musicians realize the importance of good mastering-to get a good set of ears on the project-even if recorded
in a garage or basement. It can make the difference between loud or GOOD & LOUD... :-)
Are there times when you are asked to work on material for an album that you really dislike?
Sad but true, Yes, I am but an audio whore...... But I find even music I don't like, I can make sound a lot
better through mastering.