Wednesday, March 7, 2012

On the way

Happy to say that Dave and I just got back from mastering my new record, "Tape and Glue" with chief mastering engineer Andy VanDette down at Masterdisk, NYC. Andy is a talented guy who loves to work at extremely high volume!!! And he stands up while mastering. That's a long day on your feet. For those who don't know, mastering is when you take individual songs (or mixes) and get them to sound connected sonically so that they make up a cohesive sounding record. My mixes spanned a few years and a few recording set ups so some of the tunes were flavored quite differently. Andy managed to bring them together while adding some punch and sheen to the songs. It's nice to work with a professional who cares about what he does... And Andy certainly is a pro. He's been at Masterdisk since Bob Ludwig and Howie Weinberg were working their magic on so many classics. Andy has also worked on his share of classics like Smashing Pumpkin's "Adore" and "Meloncholy and the infinite sadness" records, most of the Beastie Boys stuff, some U2 and he just remastered the ENTIRE Rush catalog. It was fun for me to walk around and look at all the platinum and gold disc awards that adorn the halls of Masterdisk. Engineers Scott Hull, Vlado Meller and Tony Dawsey probably have 100000000 in sales between them. I've been lucky enough to work with Vlado (Last Tribe) and Scott (Unspun) before... "Tape and Glue" now has to be approved by me and then we will ship it off to be duplicated somewhere. I need to listen in all kind of environments: (cars, boom boxes, tv, computer etc.) to make sure it holds up everywhere. I'm happy and relieved.