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Production Masters Podcast

Production Masters Podcast

Author: Owen Gillett

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"The philosophies and techniques behind making music according to the masters of music production"

Australian Musician/Engineer Owen Gillett from progressive heavy band icecocoon interview the world's top audio engineers, producers, mixers and mastering engineers.

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13 Episodes
Owen Gillett interviews Grammy award winning mastering engineer Dave Collins. (Metallica. Queens of the stone age, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, Sting, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Madonna)
Owen Gillett interviews Mastering extraordinaire Maor Appelbaum. Moving to America from Israel and initially working with Sylvia Massey, he is now the owner and operator of Maor Appelbaum mastering in L.A. His credits include Faith No More, Sepultura, Yngwie Malmsteen, Meatloaf, Mayhem, Angra, William Shatner, Therion, Dokken, Armoured Saint and many more. Questions in this episode include: Greetings Introduction into mastering – Maor's history. Working with Sylvia Massey. Conventional audio training. Why did Maor choose mastering? Developing mastering skills. when a clients vision works against the music. When a lot of time there IS a budget. Was there a project(s) which really opened Maor's career? Mastering Faith No More's Sol Invictus. Remastering Faith No More's We care a lot. Using the flaws in a recording to create character. processing which mixers do which works against the music. Taking a music, non-forensic approach to mastering. Having a go-to chain vs doing what’s required for the music. Do you have a working relationship with bands where they send you mixes and you give feedback? Do you sometimes not even hit analogue? Ie do a 100% digital master? Using old DAW's and plugins. Running signal through gear for colour. Auditioning different sets of converters and clocks. Do you ever get colour from using plugins? Do you ever throw up a reference master/mix when finishing a master? Has loudness normalisation changed where your masters are arriving at in terms of overall level? Do you make different masters for vinyl, CD and streaming? What gives an album longevity and enjoyability in terms of production? (spoilers: not “loudness”) The amount of compression necessary for “that” sound is less than what people think it is? Maor's room and monitoring (his room was done twice before he was happy with it). Main difference between the initial room acoustics and what it is now. Is your room super flat or does it have a curve that you like? Thanks and goodbyes. Catch you all next episode guys! Owen
Owen Gillett interviews producer, recording, mixing and mastering engineer Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Paradise Lost, Grave Pleasures, Orange Goblin, Ulver, Cathedral)
Owen Gillett interviews legendary producer, recording and mix engineer Mike Fraser (Metallica, AC/DC, The Cult, Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, Paradise Lost, Strapping Yound Lad, Slipknot)
Owen Gillett interviews Jason Fuller. Audio engineer, producer, mixing and mastering engineer, Owner of Goatsound studios and perhaps best known for being the bass player from notorious Australian grind/doom band Blood Duster.
Owen Gillett interviews Melbourne based recording, mixing and mastering engineer Ermin Hamidovic (Periphery, Devin Townsend Project, Sikth, Aviators )
Owen Gillett interviews Norwegian producer, mix and mastering engineer Iver Sandøy.
Owen Gillett interviews English Mastering engineer Ian Shepherd. For more about this episode head to
Owen Gillett interviews Producer, mixing and mastering engineer Alex Mader
Owen Gillett interviews Motorhead's long time Producer, engineer and mixer Cameron Webb
Owen Gillett interviews highly acclaimed American mastering engineer Alan Douches
Owen Gillett interviews legendary Swedish metal Producer Fredrik Nordstrom
Owen Gillett introduces himself, the concept and idea behind the podcast and what to expect in the future.
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